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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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Bristol MW Coach
Bristol MW Coach
Date:1964
Registration:APW 829B
Acquired by the Museum:1994
Current State:Fully restored and operational
This Bristol MW coach with Gardener 6LW engine, registered APW 829B was new to Eastern Counties in 1964, and features 39 seat bodywork by Eastern Coachworks. It was originally used on touring and excursion work, but later put on express coach duties. In this role it was painted white with small fleet names and red and blue "National Express" lettering. It ended up on contract work before withdrawal following an accident in 1979, consequently the bodywork is in the original condition. Most of the other vehicles in it's class had the front end rebuilt and the destination blinds moved.

Upon purchase for preservation, the accident damage was repaired and it was returned to its original livery, it was purchased by the Museum in 1994 and was returned to the road in 1995.

After a break in use from 2001, a second major restoration project started in late 2005, with a return to use scheduled for September 2006. At a total cost of over 12000, the seats have been retrimmed, the interior fully refurbished and it has received received a professional brush repaint. Around 25% of the costs of this project have been met with a grant from "Awards for All", the lottery small grants scheme.