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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AEC Regent 3 Bus
AEC Regent 3 Bus
Date:1950
Registration:ADX 1
Acquired by the Museum:1973
Current State:Fully restored and on display in the museum
This was the first motorbus purchased by Ipswich Corporation in 1950 to open up new routes to developing areas of the town which did not, at that stage, warrant a trolleybus service. The vehicle is registered ADX 1 and entered service in May 1950. The chassis is the AEC Regent III with pre select gearbox and 9.6 litre diesel engine, whilst bodywork is by Park Royal and can carry 56 seated passengers. This particular bus remained in service with Ipswich until July 1973 when it was purchased by the Museum.

During 1980 the bus was externally restored and repainted for the Centenary of Public Transport in Ipswich celebrations. Ten years later, in 1990, the interior was refurbished and ADX 1 was recertified as a ‘Passenger Service Vehicle’ with financial support of Martin and Newby of Ipswich. The vehicle was used by the museum until 2003, and after a period on display was made operational again from 2010.