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February 2018 Trolleybus + Wheels + Bus Fare.

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Land Purchase - Planning for Development

The British Trolleybus Society has purchased the bungalow and property adjoining the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, allowing the Trolleybus Museum to significantly improve its facilities. The Society's Committee and the Museum's Board of Directors will be working closely together in the coming weeks and months 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.

During January 2018 members of the Society's had an initial meeting with members of the Sandtoft Board and good progress was made in planning the future arrangements.

Bournemouth 301 Now Part of British Trolleybus Society Collection

Bournemouth 301

The last trolleybus built for service in the UK, Bournemouth 301, was purchased by the BTS in 2016. This was made possible by the generosity of a group of BTS members whose donations will fund a permanent depot space for 301 at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft. 301 had been housed at the West of England Transport Collection but was moved to the Reading area in December 2016 and has since received attention from a BTS working party.

The photo here shows 301 on hire to the Reading Transport Society (as we were then known) on 29 December 1968. Members watch the booms being placed on the overhead after 301 has turned at Christchurch turntable.

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. The Society produces a monthly magazine, ‘Trolleybus’, as well as local bus newsletters for Reading (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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