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Next Zoom Meeting on Friday 1 October 2021 - Robert Williams

Our presenter this month will be Robert Williams, Chief Executive of Reading Buses. Public transport operators have faced enormous challenges because of the Covid-19 pandemic and so this will be a very different report

Zoom meetings are open from 19.15 and the presentations, which last for around one hour, start at 19.30

If you do not receive the monthly newsletter but wish to register to attend, please email and you will be sent joining instructions. All are welcome to register.

“Doors open” at 19.15 when you will be able to chat online with other members. 

Bournemouth 301

At present 301 is at Ellesmere Port where it is receiving finishing works after its recent repaint. It is expected to return late October/early November 2021.

London 1812

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. It will very soon be taken to Dorking for a mechanical overhaul before returning to The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft in 2022. 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.

History Of The British Trolleybus Society

Between 2011 and 2013 Dave Hall serialised the history of the BTS in the days when we were known as the Reading Transport Society. It also traced the history of the trolleybus preservation movement generally up to the time when museums at Carlton Colville and Sandtoft became a reality. If you would like to read the history again or are new to the BTS and would like the chance to read it then click here

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