Helping the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft to Expand
The Joint Working Group established by the Society's Committee and the Museum's Board of Directors are developing 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.
Reading 113 Restored: The Society's most recently completed restoration
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 2019 after receiving a full repaint and now looks magnificent. Following research by Dave Hall, the Society's Archivist and Librarian, the adverts have been signwritten to an give authentic appearance. 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
London Transport 1812 Our London Q1 trolleybus was built in 1948, operated in Spain from 1961 until 1974, and was brought back to the UK by the BTS in 1977 for restoration to London condition and operation at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft. It was on loan to the London Bus Museum from 2015 until October 2020 and the Society is now raising £20,000 to fund a substantial mechanical overhaul, in particular to rectify steering and suspension problems that have been experienced.
It is an exciting prospect that 1812 will return to service at Sandtoft, hopefully during the Society’s 60th anniversary year in 2021, and certainly for the 60th anniversary of the closure of the London trolleybus system in 2022, once again providing “Queen of the Road” riding quality.
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Bournemouth 301 The Society's Bournemouth MF2B, which was the last new trolleybus to enter service in the UK, is currently at Keighley Bus Museum, but it will be returning to the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft next year in time for our 60th anniversary celebrations.
BTS Calendar 2021. This year we are featuring three-axle trolleybuses from around the world - with Glasgow on the cover, then Christchurch NZ, Bournemouth, Mendoza Argentina, Huddersfield, Vilnius Lithuania, Rotherham, Ústí nad Labem Czech Republic, Newcastle, Athens Greece, Belfast, Pontevedra Spain and Nottingham. The superb photos are by Tony Belton, who has also provided captions in his own inimitable style. AVAILABLE TO ORDER HERE
A London Trolleybus Reborn. The latest Trolleybooks title relates the full story of the Society's London Q1 trolleybus, 1812, from construction in 1948 and service in London, sale for further service in Santander - Astillero, then return to the UK by the British Trolleybus Society and restored for service at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft. The vehicle's life story is set in the context of the history of public transport operation in south-west London, the history of trolleybus operation in Spain, and 1812's place as one of the few surviving London trolleybuses. AVAILABLE TO ORDER HERE