Helping the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft to Expand
In 2017 the 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.
Read all about these plans in the March 2020 edition of our magazine, "Trolleybus".
Reading 113 Restored: Official Relaunch at Sandtoft on 2 November 2019
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 formally relaunched at the Museum's "Remembering Past Autumns in Reading" Trolleyday on 2 November. The work was largely funded by a legacy from Colin Enticknap, who was a Society member for around 50 years. We were delighted that Colin's niece, Valerie Hayllor, accepted an invitation to perform the launch ceremony.
What We are Doing in 2020
BTS Weekend at Sandtoft: The British Trolleybus Society will be running the August Bank Holiday Weekend Trolleydays at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft on 29 - 31 August 2020. Details of our plans will be announced once the present crisis has passed and we are certain that the event will go ahead.
Our Bournemouth Sunbeam MF2B has had some essential electrical work carried out at the Keighley Bus Museum and it will make its operational debut at Sandtoft after it returns.