Of the 861 double-deck trolleybuses that ran outside Britain, no less than 522 were to be found in South Africa.Spain came next, with 172; Portugal had 50; Sydney and Adelaide operated 59 between them; Sri Lanka ran to 35.
This extremely informative and detailed booklet on Port Elizabeth buses lists all the current buses and includes many withdrawn ones.
The extract below was taken from a review in the April 2006 issue of Truck & Bus magazine.
Many vehicles have been rebodied, making it difficult to identify individual buses by visual inspection.
The photographs include visiting buses that happened to be in Port Elizabeth when the book was being put together (such as an SA Roadliner double-deck intercity coach), and also typical minibus-taxis.
Enthusiasts interested in a copy of Algoa Bus (9 or a R100 note which will also cover postage) should write to Andrew G Johnson, 30 Bonnersfield Lane, Harrow HA1 2LE, England." I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the booklet from a friend and have found it invaluable.
Living in Port Elizabeth means that I see the Algoa buses everyday, and now having the information about the buses on hand I am encouraged to take photos of them at every opportunity, at last I need only look up a number in the booklet to get all the details.
With the exception of Moscow (12 AECs from the UK), the remainder - including Germany and Malaya - could be counted on one hand.
Germany did have 28 unusual one-and-a-half-deck trolleybuses, though strictly speaking they fall outside the range of the book's title.
Review 1 If you are interested in buses you may wish to know of a new publication detailing the fleet of Algoa Bus.
This has been prepared by Andrew Johnson who has made regular visits to Port Elizabeth over the past few years.
However, it is a start, and we all have to start somewhere.