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 Swift Bus
AEC Swift Bus
Registration:JRT 82K
Acquired by the Museum:1989
Current State:Restored, on display in the museum
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 shortage.

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.