SOME would argue one of the advantages of working from home is not having to commute every day.

Whether it’s rush-hour traffic or rammed trains, we could all use a break from travelling to work.

So what better time than now to look back at way we used to get around Sussex nearly a century ago.

This collection of fascinating photos from The Keep archive in Falmer, Brighton, shows just some of them.

The photo to the left shows Hastings’ trolleybuses in the Thirties trundling through a flooded road.

And the bus-tram hybrids really did trundle - the town’s fleet had an average speed of just over ten miles per hour, a tad faster than the trams they were brought in to replace.

In 1929 Hastings was the trolleybus capital of the world, its 21-mile network longer than any other town on Earth.

Just fifty years later the network closed, though two trolleybuses are still owned by the Hastings Trolleybus Restoration Group in Bexhill.

Brighton had its own trolleybus network too, run by rival firms Brighton Corporation Transport and Brighton, Hove, and District Omnibus Company.

But this arrangement lasted only 22 years before the whole system closed in 1961.

Another obscure type of bus, charabancs, can be seen above.

These mostly fell out of favour after the Twenties thanks to their uncomfortable bench seats and their tendency to tip over.

Though in the early half of the century they were popular with day-trippers making a beeline for Sussex beaches.

But it was the seaside where arguably Brighton’s most missed mode of transport laid, as seen in the bottom-right image.

Paddle steamers ran boat trips up and down the Sussex coast for much of the 20th century.

Some departing the West Pier went as far as the Isle of Wight, a popular day trip.

To buy digital or paper copies of these pictures and others like it at The Keep, visit or call 01273 482349.