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.
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!