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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.

Bournemouth 301

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. We will be presenting three Trolleydays at Sandtoft over the August Bank Holiday (25 - 27 August) when as many as possible of the six preserved ex-Reading trolleybuses will operate and will be joined by some historic Reading buses. We are working with Reading Museum to present an exhibition which will run from August 2018 until January 2019 and there will be special events in Reading in November. More deatils coming soon!

What The British Trolleybus Society Does

Sandtoft Lineup

The British Trolleybus Society owns a fleet of historic trolleybuses, details of which are in the Fleet List pages.  The BTS also contributes to the management & operation of the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, which houses the largest collection of preserved trolleybuses in the world, and we now own the adjacent property, which will be incorporated into the Trolleybus Museum. In addition to our monthly magazine, ‘Trolleybus’ we publish local bus newsletters for Reading and the Thames Valley (Bus Fare) & West Yorkshire (Wheels). A free copy of 'Trolleybus' is available to prospective members. Either download a copy by registering using "Member Login", or apply to the Secretary who will post a printed copy to you.

There are monthly meetings in London, Reading & Bradford, to which all are invited.

BTS Events 2018

The Society will be holding events at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft over the August Bank Holiday and in Reading later in the year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closure of Reading's trolleybus system.


We are partners in the publication of ‘Trolleybooks’, which cover historic and current systems in the UK and abroad.

New Trolleybooks Titles Launched at Black Country Living Museum

Our latest books - The Tramways of Wolverhampton and Trolleybus Days in Wolverhampton by Eric Challoner - were launched at a special event at the Black Country Living Museum on 21 October. They may be purchased from the BTS Sales stand or online from:

Portsmouth Trolleybuses

We also have available currently, copies of David Bowler's 'Portsmouth Trolleybuses' which you can purchase here. These are post free while stocks last.


The organisation is run entirely by volunteers and is a registered charity No. 1033666.

You can join us now!

It's very easy to join the Society! Just click on "Why not join the BTS?" in the next column to find full details of how you can join and pay online or, if you prefer, send a cheque to our Membership Secretary. The annual membership rate starts below £20 for online-only membership.

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