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 Regal 4 Bus
AEC Regal 4 Bus
Registration:BPV 9
Acquired by the Museum:1990
Current State:Partially restored; not currently on display
This bus, registered BPV 9, was new to Ipswich Corporation Transport in 1953, and was a member of a batch of six similar vehicles obtained to replace the remaining single deck trolleybuses on the route along Bramford Road to Adair Road Circle. The chassis is the AEC Regal IV with underfloor 9.6 litre engine and pre-select gearbox. The bodywork is by Park Royal with seating for 42, with Front Entrance/Rear Exit arrangement. Originally the vehicles were used as ‘crew’ (ie driver and conductor) operated buses, just as the trolleybuses they replaced. The rear door used was used for boarding and the front door used as an exit. When converted to ‘one man’ buses the arrangement was reversed, and passengers entered at the front to pay the driver.

The bus was withdrawn in 1973 and No 9 was sold to Mr. J Prior. Originally No 10 was retained in the Museum collection. During the 1970’s and early 1980’s, outside storage took its toll on No 10, and following the death of Mr. Prior in late 1990, the Museum acquired No.9. BPV 10 has been dismantled as a source of spare parts for the restoration of BPV 9 and the remains scrapped.