This video covers everything you need to know about Vancouver’s unique trolleybus system

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Vancouver has been celebrating 70 years of operating a trolleybus system this August, and that’s a long time of life on the wires.

All these decades later, and we are the last Canadian city to operate a trolleybus system, with one of the biggest such systems in all of North America.

How did we make the shift from streetcars to these clean energy electric-powered buses 70 years ago? This video from a member of the Transit Museum Society of B.C. (the group that owns and maintains a small fleet of vintage Vancouver transit vehicles) covers the backstory of the city’s relationship with trolleybuses.

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Maybe even more importantly, the video explains just how they work, and what the drivers had to do in order to not get lost–because, yes, you can get lost driving a bus connected by poles to overhead wires!

It’s a longer video, but it’s worth it if you’ve ever wondered about the mechanics of these specialized buses, and it could even make you proud to be a Vancouverite, considering how unique these trolleybuses make us today.

It might even make you curb those grumbles when your trolleybus goes off its wires, or is running late.