Trolleybuses made their first appearance in Limoges in July 1943. They were intended to replace the urban tramway, which was ageing and in poor condition.
The first trolleybus line was no. 2, connecting Place Carnot with Avenue Baudin. Services on this line were operated initially by Vétra CB60 vehicles. The following October, it was the turn of line 3 to be converted to trolleybus operation, again with CB60s. Line 3 was merged directly with line 2.
In November 1945, line 6 had its trams replaced by trolleybuses, and on 4 October 1948 line 4 became a trolleybus line.
With the replacement of trams by trolleybuses on lines 5 and 1 in March and July 1951, operations on Limoges' urban tramway were finally terminated.
Since then, the city has always been faithful to its electric transport system, and its lines have been expanded over time.
In May 1953, the opening of a sixth line, no. 9, expanded the Limoges trolleybus system to a route length of 26 km (16 mi). In 1954, the Compagnie des Tramways Electriques de Limoges (CTEL) became the Compagnie des Trolleybus de Limoges (CTL). Further extensions in 1963 and 1965 left the system at its current route length of 32 km (20 mi)
Limoges No. 5 was built during the German occupation of the City.
It is affectionately known at the museum as 'Vera' as at first glance the maker's name on the front cowling is easily miss-read!
Can be viewed at the Museum if accompanied by a member of the Museum's staff.