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Sandtoft Line UpThe British Trolleybus Society - what we are and what we do

The British Trolleybus Society owns a collection of historic trolleybuses, you can read about in the Trolleybuses pages.  We contribute to the management and operation of the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, which houses the largest collection of preserved trolleybuses in the world.

We educate and promote the importance of trolleybuses in UK public transport history and the advantages of trolleybuses as a green and sustainable transport mode for the future. 

Our flagship publication is Trolleybus magazine and we publish Bus Fare, a newsletter for Reading and the Thames Valley. Members receive a lively email monthly newsletter and monthly meetings are held in Reading and London to which all are invited.

What is a Trolleybus?

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A Trolleybus is a bus driven by electricity collected from overhead wires.


Our Collection

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The BTS owns 14 trolleybuses, one motorbus and a horse-drawn tower wagon.

Modern trolleybuses

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There are around 350 trolleybus systems world-wide - as many as there are street tramways!

Join the BTS!


You can join the BTS online or by downloading and completing an application form.