Ipswich Transport Museum
Preserving the transport heritage of Ipswich since 1965, and now supported by the Friends of the Ipswich Transport Museum. The Ipswich Transport Museum is a Registered Charity No. 276626 and an Accredited Museum, number RD890.
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Bedford J
Bedford J
Registration:531 VBJ
Acquired by the Museum:2004
Current State:As acquired, operational
This vehicle was new to Suffolk and Ipswich Fire Service in 1962 as a mobile workshop for the brigade engineers at Wherstead Road, Ipswich, transferring to Colchester Road a year later. It was painted green as all ancillary vehicles were at that time. (The old body remained as a store shed at Colchester Road until the late 1990s).

It was re-bodied in the 1970s as a Breathing Apparatus Mobile Compressor (BAMC) in Colchester Road workshops. This included fitting a compressor and 3 cylinder air cooled diesel to the back of the chassis, it also acquired blues and twos. It operated throughout its operational career from Colchester Road, Ipswich.

It operated in this form until some point in the 1990s, when it was again re-bodied, possibly, by James Newell Ltd of Stowmarket, with the current aluminium drop side body. Use then was primarily as a general purpose truck, but it was fitted with a 50mm ball for towing the Colchester Road based fire boat (Suffire One).

Acquired by the Museum in 2004, in operational condition.