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Nice [FR] - Sole survivor

K. Budach - 04.11.15

At the “Écomusée du haut pays et des transports” in Breil-sur-Roya, the only preserved trolleybus from the former Nice network may be seen. The southern French system closed in 1970. The old trolleybus Nr. 25 is of the Vetra/Berliet VBBHF 100 type and ran in Nice from 1961 to 1970. Then it was sold to St. Etienne, where it was used by the local public transport operator STAS until 1981. Since 1983, the vehicle has been back on the Mediterranean coast, since the mid 1990s at Breil-sur-Roya.

Aside from other railway and tramway rolling stock, the museum features two more trolleybuses in its collection. These are:

-Grenoble 732 - Berliet ER 100 - built in 1979, withdrawn in 1999
-Sanremo 1133 - FIAT/Menarini Typ 2411 - built in 1963, withdrawn in 1993

All three trolleybuses as well as the trams at the museum are owned by the Association des Tramophiles de la Cote d’'Azur. The 3 electric buses are in good condition and supposedly in running order, even though they have not operated under catenary for many years. The museum in Breil-sur-Roya is conveniently located at the railway station of the small town and open daily from 14:00 - 18:00.

The former Nice trolleybus Nr. 25 is one of the show pieces of the museum collection. Photo: Dirk Budach

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