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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Ransomes Electric Lorry No. 1
Ransomes Lorry 1
Registration:DX 1664
Acquired by the Museum:1966
Current State:Fully restored and operational
Constructed in 1914, this vehicle was the prototype of the 'Orwell' range of lorries produced by RS&J. After some time as a demonstrator it was registered DX 1664 in May 1916 and was sold to the City of Birmingham Electric Supply Department as a tipper lorry. It returned to Ransomes in 1919 and became part of their works fleet. When it was withdrawn in 1963 it was placed on loan to an enthusiast in Southend where it remained until returning to Ipswich in 1966 to be placed on permanent loan to the Museum.

It has been rebuilt over its life and is no longer a tipper although it does retain the motors driving directly onto the front wheels. The original solid tyres were converted to pneumatic at some point in its life.

It is currently painted in the livery of Ipswich Co-operative Society.