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What The British Trolleybus Society Does

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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 a local bus newsletter for Reading and the Thames Valley (Bus Fare). 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.

Monthly meetings are held in London, Reading & Bradford, to which all are invited. London and Reading meetings have resumed but Bradford meetings have not yet restarted. For details of  all meetings please click here 

BTS Online Newsletter Members have access to our magazines online and a monthly news-sheet is emailed to all members who are registered on the website.  

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News & Events Email News-sheet July/August 2022

Unfortunately the News & Events news-sheet that is emailed to members mid month will not be published this month. The editor and publisher, Paul Dicken, became very ill in week commencing 17 July and was taken to hospital where he still resides. We wish Paul a speedy recovery. He intends to resume the news-sheet publication as soon as possible once recovered.

Watch out for our new webesite coming in late August!

Paul Dicken, our Publicity Officer has been working with Peter Short and Ashley Bruce, our website wizzards, to brings us a new, modern look, easier to navigate website. Much work has been ongoing for a few months on this and it is hoped it can be launched on or around 20 August 2022, subject to everything running smoothly and any bugs removed. Watch this space for the definite launch date

Development Plan For Sandtoft

The Joint Working Group established by the Society's Committee and the Museum's Board of Directors have now signed off 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. A planning application is being prepared and work which does not require planning permission will commence soon.

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 2022



60th Anniversary Commemoration of London's Trolleybuses

The Society is organising the London event at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft that is being held over the August Bank Holiday weekend (27 to 29 August).


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 has been raising funds for a substantial mechanical overhaul, in particular to rectify steering and suspension problems that have been experienced.

On 24 February 2022 No. 1812 was moved to the workshops where the overhaul is being undertaken and is progressing well. It is an exciting prospect that 1812 will return to service at Sandtoft in time for the 60th anniversary of the closure of the London trolleybus system in 2022, once again providing “Queen of the Road” riding quality.

We are seeking your help! You can donate online using the link below to pay using PayPal or your credit or debit card. For details of how to pay by cheque please see the Latest News page.

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Bournemouth 301Bournemouth 301 The Society's Bournemouth MF2B, which was the last new trolleybus to enter service in the UK, received a full repaint and some work on its electrics while at Keighley Bus Museum. It has now left Keighley and is having its window rubbers replaced and an internal refurbishment before returning to the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft.



A London Trolleybus RebornA 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.

All profits are being devoted to the fund 1812's mechanical overhaul. AVAILABLE TO ORDER HERE





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 here 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 at £21 for online-only membership.



BTS Sales Online

We now have a wide range of publications available for delivery to your door. When you buy from BTS Sales you are supporting the Society's fleet of historic trolleybuses.

Have a look at our "Other Publications" page, which includes many Trolleybooks titles and a few others.


We are partners in the publication of ‘Trolleybooks’, which cover historic and current systems in the UK and abroad. Please visit our Trolleybooks page to see the latest titles, which include  A London Trolleybus Reborn, Reading Trolleybuses, Italian Trolleybuses Abroad and Walsall Trolleybuses. Our TrolleyBooks page has more details about these publications.

Other Publications

David Bowler's 'Bournemouth Trolleybuses' which you can purchase here, is a lavishly-illustrated comprehensive history of Bournemouth's trolleybus system. All profits from BTS Sales go towards trolleybus restoration and preservation. Purchase this book from the BTS and you will directly help with the restoration of our 1935 Sunbeam MS2, Bournemouth 99.

There is also a lovely set of notelets showing six different scenes of Reading trolleybuses in service - click here to order!

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