Thursday, 4 October 2018

Trolleybus Weekend ~ 22/23 September 2018

As I wasn't in attendance this year, Tim Major and Simon Bartram have sent some photos from the Trolleybus Weekend held at the East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville on the 22nd and 23rd September 2018. 

Flying Banana liveried WA06OAS was used on P&R services - photo: Simon Bartram
The museum was grateful for the assistance of First Group in providing a bus for the Park and 
Ride Services to the event which involved the use of Flying Banana liveried WA06OAS

Hastings Tramway Company's 34 BDY809 on display - photo: Tim Major
Tim tells me there were eleven trolleybuses in operation. They were Bournemouth 202, Portsmouth 313, Belfast 246, Derby 237, Maidstone 52, Ashton 87, London Transport 260, 796, 1201 & 1521 plus Newcastle 628. Also on display was Hastings Tramway Company 34, BDY809, which has just been externally completed and awaits the installation of the rebuilt resistance grids.

Southern Transit's Citymaster GB18RML in the Carlton Colville yard - photo: Tim Major
Again the museum benefited from a number of visiting vehicles with Southern Transit bringing their ADL Enviro 400 Citymaster  GB18RML from their Shoreham base.

Ex London Transport AEC Regal IV NLE539 - photo: Simon Bartram

Also making the trip was former London Transport AEC Regal IV RF539 (NLE539). New in service in April 1953, it was finally withdrawn during February 1972 and placed into store at Hertford. After a number of private owners it subsequently entered preservation.

RM8 VLT8 was the first built of the production buses and exhibited at the 1958 Commercial Motor Show - photo: Tim Major

Other ex London Transport buses were also in attendance and they included RM8 (VLT8), RM857 (WLT857) and RML613 (WLT613).
London Transport Auxiliary Breakdown Tender JJ4379 converted using an AEC Regent chassis - photo: Simon Bartram
An unusual visitor was former London Transport Auxiliary Breakdown Tender 832J, converted in 1950 using the chassis of STL162 (JJ4379), a 1933 AEC Regent.

My thanks to Tim and Simon for the photos and to the former for his help in preparing this post. Looks as though I missed an interesting event and apologies for the delay in publishing this report.


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