Land Purchase - Planning for Development
The British Trolleybus Society has purchased the bungalow and property adjoining the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, allowing the Trolleybus Museum to significantly improve its facilities. The Society's Committee and the Museum's Board of Directors will be working closely together in the coming weeks and months to develop a strategic plan that meets the specific needs of the Society and the Museum and will eventually result in a much improved visitor experience.
Part of the rear of the new site was used by the public for the first time for the static display of vehicles during the Sandtoft Gathering at the end of July. The Society's Committee has been drawing up plans for the developments the BTS needs. We will then be discusssing with the Sandtoft Board how to develop the Museum to make best use of the new area.
Bournemouth 301 Now Part of British Trolleybus Society Collection
The last trolleybus built for service in the UK, Bournemouth 301, was purchased by the BTS in 2016. This was made possible by the generosity of a group of BTS members whose donations will fund a permanent depot space for 301 at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft. 301 had been housed at the West of England Transport Collection but was moved to the Reading area in December 2016 and has since received attention from a BTS working party.
The photo here shows 301 on hire to the Reading Transport Society (as we were then known) on 29 December 1968. Members watch the booms being placed on the overhead after 301 has turned at Christchurch turntable.