This bus, JRT 82K, with a Willowbrook B40D body, was new to
Ipswich Corporation Transport
in December 1971. It carried fleet number 82 and
was used until June 1983 before being sold to a consortium of local
enthusiasts. It was kept as a PSV and hired to a number of operators as
a means of raising money for its continued preservation. It was even hired
back to Ipswich Buses for several months in 1984/5 during a vehicle
|Acquired by the Museum:||1989|
|Current State:||Restored, on display in the museum|
The vehicle was one of a batch of six acquired to enable expansion of the busy Chantry Estate services; these required single deck vehicles due to a low bridge by the railway station. In addition other routes could be operated by these vehicles off peak enabling a reduction in the number of bus conductors.
In 1989 the bus was purchased by the Museum. Since this date the vehicle was used as an operational exhibit in 1996 and 2003/2004.