Helping the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft to Expand
In 2017the Society purchased the bungalow and property adjoining the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, which will allow the Trolleybus Museum to significantly improve its facilities. 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.
The Society's most recent acquisition, Bournemouth 301, seen here on Christchurch turntable while on hire to the Reading Transport Society (as we were then known) on 29 December 1968, will move to Sandtoft when new accommodation is ready. 301 was the last new trolleybus to enter service in the UK.
What We're Doing in 2018
READING ANNIVERSARY This year marks the 50th anniversary of the closure of our "home" system, Reading, where the Society was founded in 1961. There is currently an exhibition of Reading trolleybus artefacts on display in Reading Museum until 3 November 2018. Visitors can also take a 20 page complimentary booklet produced by the BTS about Reading's trolleybuses which includes some nice photos.
On Friday 2 November there is 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. The event is free, courtesy of Heritage Lottery Funding, but you will need to book tickets using Eventbrite. Follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/remembering-readings-trolleybuses-tickets-48047993843.
Click on 'register' then input the number of tickets required. Once done go to 'checkout' and it will ask you for name (s) and email address. When completed click on 'complete checkout'. The ticket (s) will then be emailed to you and you will be able to print them. It is important to print the ticket to gain entry to the film show.
On Saturday 3 November 2018, Reading's last trolleybus, 144, will be parked outside Reading Town Hall. There will be a family fun day around the vehicle, organised by Reading Museum, and Dave Hall's new Reading Trolleybus book will also be launched. Regent III No. 3 will be on hand to take people over the old trolleybus routes. The day's events are once again paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It promises to be a good weekend.
2018 AGM and Members Day at Sandtoft
This year we will be visiting the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft for our AGM and Members’ Day. The event will be held on Saturday 13 October and will give members the opportunity to look at our Burntwood property. More details of our plans for the day will be found on the booking form enclosed with the August edition of Trolleybus. The form may also be downloaded from the Members’ Area of the website. Members who wish to make a weekend of it will be able to attend the Isle of Axholme Running Day and Rally the following day.