Saturday, 24 August 2019

Trolleybus Museum 50th Anniversary

An impressive line-up of 14 trolleybuses greeted visitors on the Saturday


The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft near Doncaster celebrated its 50th anniversary over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The event was a rare opportunity to see almost the complete fleet of trolleybuses on outside display. Virtually all the trolleybuses that could be moved were towed out of the sheds and either lined up for static display or used in service if they were operable. 
On the first day of the gala weekend a grand total of 17 vehicles ran on the Saturday, a first for Sandtoft, the most previously operated in one day was 16 during the 40th anniversary event. This impressive total was exceeded on the Bank Holiday Monday when a record 20 vehicles ran.

Huddersfield 631, a 1959 East Lancs bodied Sunbeam S7



London 1348, a 1939 all Leyland trolleybus



Maidstone 72, a 1947 Sunbeam with Northern Coachbuilders bodywork



Bradford 746, a 1949 Roe bodied BUT



Huddersfield 619, a 1956 East Lancs bodied BUT, at The Regal Cinema



Doncaster 375 operating a clockwise circuit



South Shields 204 and Huddersfield 541



Reading 144, a 1949 BUT with Park Royal bodywork



Manchester 1344, a 1955 BUT with Burlingham bodywork



Reading 113 departing for a run, leaving Reading 193 at the terminus



Nottingham 506, a 1950 BUT with Brush bodywork



Limoges (France) 5, a 1943 Vetra (Berliet) CB60 being rewired



South Shields 204 waiting for Bradford 792 on the turning circle



The replica 1911 Cedes-Stoll trackless trolley running on battery power



A 1981 Brown Boveri HR150G (GM T6H-5307) from Edmonton, Canada



Wellington (New Zealand) 82, a 1963 BUT with MCCW bodywork



Porto (Portugal) 140 and Liege (Belgium) 425 on static display



Reading 181 operated a one-off journey to end the days service

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