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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.

London 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.

Following the expiration of the five year loan agreement with the London Bus Museum at Brooklands, 1812 was moved into temporary accommodation in the Reading area on 7 November 2020. On 24 February 2022, 1812 was moved to the workshops where the overhaul is being undertaken. It is estimated that this work will cost around £20,000 and so the Society has launched an appeal to fund this work.

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.

Make a donation to support the 1812 appeal

Use this link, which allows you to specify the amount you wish to donate using PayPal or a credit or debit card. You may also set up a regular payment.

By Post Please send cheques made payable to British Trolleybus Society to the BTS Treasurer, Roy Fawcett, 57 Sutcliffe Avenue, Earley, Reading RG6 7JN. Please also include a note to say that your donation is for the 1812 fund.

Donations can be Gift-Aided if you are a UK taxpayer, and this adds 25% to your donation at no extra cost to you. If you have not already registered for Gift Aid you may either do this by sending an automated declaration via the BTS website Members’ Area or download a form, which is accessible from the BTS Membership/Gift Aid page.

All donations of whatever size will be gratefully received. Each donation will take us a step nearer to having the work completed.




60th Anniversary Events in Reading 1 & 2 April 2022

The events we had planned to mark the BTS's 60th anniversary in Reading (our birth place) in September 2021 had to be postponed due to hotels being reluctant to commit to large numbers gathering during the pandemic. They were rescheduled to take place on Friday & Saturday 1 & 2 April 2022.

2022 Events

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During the Coronavirus pandemic, regular meetings were suspended and are being reintroduced during 2022.    

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Reading Meetings

Held jointly with the National Trolleybus Association on the first Friday of each month at the Reading District Oddfellows Hall, Oxford Road, Reading RG1 7NQ (next to Holy Trinity Church). Admission: Adults £2.50, Juniors £1.50, non-members £3.50. Meetings commence at 19.30.

London Meetings

Held jointly with the National Trolleybus Assocation at the Model Railway Club, Keen House, Calshot Street, London, N1 9DA. Admission is £2.00; doors open at 18.30 and meetings start at 19.00; refreshments are available. Bus routes 30, 73, 91, 205, 214, 394 and 476 run nearby; nearest Underground station is Kings Cross / St. Pancras.

Bradford Meetings

Organised by the Bradford Trolleybus Association, meetings are held at 19:30, generally on the 2nd Friday of the month at the Pennington Midland Hotel (old Forster Square Station) ; the precise room details will appear on the functions board in the foyer. Admission prices are: £4.00 for BTA and BTS members, £5.00 for adult non-members. These are joint BTA/BTS meetings.

Maidstone Meetings

The Friends of 72 are a small group who, on behalf of the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft raised funds to get Maidstone 72 restored. As part of the fundraising effort, twice-yearly meetings for enthusiasts were started in Maidstone and they have been so popular and well attended that it was decided to continue with them under the Friends' banner on the second Wednesday of May and October.

Meetings are held at St. Andrew's Church Hall, Tonbridge Road, Barming Heath, Maidstone ME16 9AN. Meetings commence at 7.30 pm (doors open from 7.00 pm). The venue is 2 minutes' walk on the Barming side from the site of the old Maidstone Corporation trolleybus depot. BTS members are cordially invited to attend.