Helping the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft to Expand
In 2017the Society purchased the bungalow and property adjoining the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft. On 5 October 2018 the Trolleybus Museum announced that it had purchased another 1.5 acres of land, mainly adjoining the western boundary of the BTS land. The Society's Committee and the Museum's Board of Directors are working closely together 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. This will include a spacious Exhibition Hall where visitors will be able to view selected trolleybuses and an exhibition telling the story of the trolleybus in the UK.
Reading 113 Restored: Official Relaunch at Sandtoft on 2 November
The Society's "flagship" trolleybus, the 1938 AEC 661T/Park Royal which was the first trolleybus to be privately preserved in the UK, returned to the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft on Friday 24 May after receiving a full repaint. Following research by Dave Hall, the Society's Archivist and Librarian, the adverts have been signwritten to an give authentic appearance.
113 now looks magnificent and it was able to operate at the Museum's 50th anniversary gala over the August Bank Holiday weekend. It will formally be relaunched at the Museum's "Remembering Past Autumns in Reading" Trolleydays on 2 November.
The work was largely funded by a legacy from Colin Enticknap, who was a Society member for around 50 years. We are delighted that Colin's niece, Valerie Hayllor, has accepted an invitation to perform the launch ceremony.
What We Did in 2018
READING ANNIVERSARY Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the closure of our "home" system, Reading, where the Society was founded in 1961. We held an exhibition of Reading trolleybus artefacts in Reading Museum and the British Trolleybus Society and Reading Museum jointly hosted two very interesting speakers for an informal get-together as part of BLACK HISTORY MONTH called 'Come and Drive Our Buses'.
We also held a free film show in Reading Town Hall co-presented by Dave Hall and Peter Whitehead showing old cine film and digital photos of Reading's trolleybuses which was attended by 180 people. Our events were made possible by Heritage Lottery Funding.
Following the success of last year's events the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft has Reading-themed Trolleydays on 2 and 3 November 2019, with Reading trolleybuses in service and Dave Hall showing films in the Regal Cinema.