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Shanghai [CN] - Trolleybus line 20 extended!

J. Lehmann - 11.01.16

Since the city authorities abandoned previous plans to scrap the urban trolleybus network and instead have committed to electric bus transit, the local fleet has been modernized and one line extended by 1.5 km. As of 9 January 2016, route 20 has been prolonged along newly fitted catenary, thus terminating at East China University of Law and Political Science instead of the previous end point Zhongshan Park. This enhanced trolleybus service replaces autobus route 921, which has run along Nanjing Road as a booster service for the well patronized trolleybus lines 20 and 27 since 1988. Because the current generation of modern Shanghai trolleybuses are all fitted with auxiliary battery packs, the installation of 1.5 km of new power lines is quite noteworthy.

Following the delivery of 15 additional Youngman trolleys in December 2015, the city now has a total of 290 such units in regular service. The entire trolleybus fleet consists of 300 vehicles presently, after 20 of the only 8-year old H0A units were scrapped in 2015. 10 trolleys of the type still remain in service though. Shanghai's trolleybus network originally opened in 1914 and now features 12 different lines. These are 6, 8, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28.

On 9 January 2016, trolley J2B-0213 is seen on Wanhangdu Street running along the River Wuson. Photo: Wenchao Song

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