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.
BTS Sales Attending Cedes Unveiling at Sandtoft 29 - 30 June 2019
The UK's newest trolleybus, a replica of the 1911 Cedes with body by Bayley's of Newington Causeway, will be unvelied at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft at the end of June. On Saturday 29 June Leon Daniels, Chairman of the London Bus Museum, will perform the launch of the vehicle as it appeared on demonstration in West Ham in 1912 and the next day the Keighley Town Mayor will launch it with the modifications it had received when it was demonstrated in Keighley before being purchased and given fleet number 0.
Visitors will be able to experience what it was like to ride on a trackless before the First World War. Don't forget to stop by the BTS Sales stand for a chat and to buy something - all profits go towards trolleybus preservation and restoration!
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.