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What The British Trolleybus Society Does

Sandtoft Lineup

The British Trolleybus Society maintains & restores a historic & unique fleet of trolleybuses, details of which are in the Fleet List pages.  The BTS also contributes to the management & operation of the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, which houses the largest collection of preserved trolleybuses in the world. The Society produces a monthly magazine, ‘Trolleybus’, as well as local bus newsletters for Reading (Bus Fare) & West Yorkshire (Wheels). A free copy of 'Trolleybus' is available to prospective members. Either download a copy by registering using "Member Login", or apply to the Secretary who will post a printed copy to you.

There are monthly meetings in London, Reading & Bradford, to which all are invited.

We are partners in the publication of ‘Trolleybooks’, which cover historic and current systems in the UK and abroad.

We currently have available copies of David Bowler's 'Portsmouth Trolleybuses' which you can purchase here. These are post free while stocks last.

The organisation is run entirely by volunteers and is a registered charity No. 1033666.

Mexborough & Swinton 34

Mexborough & Swinton 34In 2015 we launched a project to restore our oldest trolleybus. This Garrett O type with Garrett bodywork is now 88 years old and has been out of service for 70 years.

A BTS team has made a detailed assessment of 34's condition and the work needed for the restoration project. We are still looking for volunteers to act as Project Manager, fundraisers and restorers. Please contact if you'd like to help.

Following a donation of £700 from the Rotherham Trolleybus Group and more then £400 raised at an auction at the December Reading meeting the fund for 34's restoration now stands at over £7,000. However, much more money is required for the restoration to be completed. Donations will be very welcome, either by joining our Sponsortrolley scheme or making one-off payments. Please send cheques made payable to the British Trolleybus Society to the BTS Treasurer at 57 Sutcliffe Avenue, Earley, Reading RG67JN.

Follow this link to see a recent report on the project in the East Anglian Daily Times:

Latest from Trolleybooks - Belfast Trolleybuses!

Although the latest history from Trolleybooks (the joint publications panel of the British Trolleybus Society and the National Trolleybus Association) was only published towards the end of 2015 more than half the print run has already been sold!. Mike Maybin's history of the Belfast trolleybus system is now available from the BTS Sales stand, from the shop at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft and direct from Trolleybooks using the link below.

On Line Membership Facilities

The Society uses an on line membership system where members can log in and obtain the latest copies of Trolleybus (and Bus Fare and Wheels if you subscribe to them). All our membership management is now done through an on-line database.

You can join the BTS via this website. Non-members can register on the site and download a free copy of our monthly journal Trolleybus. Members and non-members alike can join or renew membership subscriptions once logged in, as well as being able to manage Gift Aid status and make donations to the Society.


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