Wednesday, 30 April 2014

East Anglian Transport Museum May Event

An interesting forthcoming event at East Anglia Transport Museum on 10th/11th May is the return to service of Ipswich Trolleybus 105, which has been the subject of an extensive restoration by the members of the Ipswich Transport Museum. This will be the first time since 1962 that the vehicle has carried passengers.

The trolleybus is registered PV8270 and was constructed in 1948 with a Karrier W chassis and a Park Royal double deck Body. Withdrawn in 1962  it was converted into a mobile Civil Defence showroom and then subsequently used as a temporary canteen.  The trolleybus was purchased from Ipswich Corporation  by the Ipswich Transport Museum in 1971. ( A photo of the vehicle whilst being tested following arrival at Carlton Colville is attached)

The May event called 'Suffolk Made and Operated' will feature other vehicles having Suffolk connections and should include, Copenhagen No.5 a Garrett product and currently the oldest operational trolleybus in the world. London 1521 will also appear as it was the first trolleybus to operate at a museum in Britain, which occurred at the EATM in 1971. 

External free bus services to Lowestoft and Beccles will be operated by a variety of vehicles either operated or built in Suffolk, including Ipswich Corporation, Lowestoft Corporation and Eastern Counties.

Further details can be found at the museum website here, Facebook Page or the London Trolleybus Preservation Society Facebook Page


Martin Arrand took a trip around parts of South Yorkshire and a selection of his images can now be viewed here