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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Bristol K6B Bus
Bristol K6B Bus
Date:1949
Registration:KNG 374
Acquired by the Museum:2001
Current State:Fully restored and operational
Pictures during Restoration
New to Eastern Counties in 1949, this vehicle, registered KNG 374, was one of the standard lowbidge height double deckers allocated to the area. The lowbridge height was necessary due to some of the low railway bridges in the area, the Ipswich depot was even built to a low height, some 18" lower than standard, and consequently couldn't house full height vehicles! These vehicles had an offset upstairs gangway which caused a low ceiling along one side of the downstairs of the bus, this meant that the seating upstairs was in rows of 4, instead of 2 sets of 2 seats. The 6 cylinder Bristol engine was replaced by a 5 cylinder Gardener engine at some point in its service life.

This vehicle makes a welcome replacement for LK299 which used to be owned by the Museum, but was broken up by persons unknown when stored before the Museum was established. LK374 is thought to be the last Eastern Counties vehicle of this type still in existence.

The bus was restored by Museum volunteers in 2007, with generous financial support from the Heritage Lottry Fund.