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Posted: 14th May 2015

'Modern' classic buses at special open day Sunday 25th May 2015

Ipswich Transport Museum are holding a special event at their Priory Heath site in Cobham Road on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May, featuring buses which many people think are modern - even though the newest is nearly 20 years old.

The 'OMO' event features buses from the 1950s to the 1990s - specifically vehicles designed to be operated by one person, rather than with a driver and conductor. OMO was the acronym for 'one man operated' - a term politically acceptable in the 1960s, but not today.

Vehicles taking part are expected to include a 1951 Bristol LS, a 1971 AEC Swift and a 1976 Leyland Atlantean double decker - one of 43 identical vehicles which ran in the town in the 1970s and 1980s.

Event organiser Mark Smith explained 'we often showcase our old half-cab buses which needed a driver or conductor, but we often forget the 'modern' buses in our collection are at least 39 years old - our AEC Swift was new in 1971 and is only a few months younger than me! So we thought we'd try something different and show off the 'OMO' vehicles.'

Museum vehicles will be joined by privately owned visitors including a Bristol RE which operated in Belfast, and Ipswich's newest preserved buses - a Dennis Dart new in 1997 and an Optare Excel made in the same year. The Dennis Dart has recently been restored to as new condition by owners Mark Webster and Colin Humphrey.

Vehicles will operate a number of free journeys from the town centre, rail station every 15 minutes between 11am and 4pm.

Normal museum admission charges apply for museum entry - bus rides are free.

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum: Tel: 01473 715666 (Museum)
Mark Smith (Trustee and Press Officer) Mobile: 07900 607430
E-mail: enquiries@ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

Ipswich Transport Museum No. 82

ITM no 82      

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Posted: 29th April 2015

CLASSICS LINE UP FOR 45th HISTORIC RUN Sunday 3rd May 2015

Nearly 600 classic cars, motorcycles, lorries, buses and military vehicles will take part in the 45th annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run on Sunday 3rd May. The event is organised by volunteers at the Ipswich Transport Museum and is supported by R H Specialist Car Insurance, Galloway Coach Travel and Lavenham Press.

The event is expected to attract over 20,000 visitors to Ipswich and Felixstowe. Vehicles have to be over 30 years old to take part in the event, and include cars, commercials, buses and motorcycles. Ipswich Transport Museum's 1939 Dennis Fire Engine 'Nellie ' will be one of the stars of the event. Another unusual entrant is a 1950 Lister auto-truck. 71 entrants pre-date 1939, and around 100 motorcycles will form part of the spectacle.

Hundreds of onlookers are expected to gather along the route to Felixstowe, which is free to watch in Ipswich, Felixstowe and en route. There will be a souvenir programme produced especially for the event available from event stewards.

Vehicles will depart for Felixstowe at 1130 from Christchurch Park. The first vehicles are expected to line up on Felixstowe Promenade from around 1215.

Rally organiser Peter Cansick, who has co-ordinated the run for the Ipswich Transport Museum, said 'The entrants and the public love this event - it's been a fixture in the calendar for over 40 years and is of the most popular events in Ipswich and Felixstowe. It's a tribute to all the volunteers who help in staging the event and vehicle owners who take part'. If you require any further information, contact Mark Smith as detailed above. We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Further information:
Venue: Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich
Contact Details: Old Trolleybus Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich, IP3 9JD.
Tel 01473 715666

Vehicles on Felixstowe Sea Front

Felixstowe Seafront      

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Posted: 25th March 2015

RETRO VEHICLES ARE BACK Sunday 29th March 2015

Volunteers at Ipswich Transport Museum are gearing up for its 2015 opening season. The museum will be holding a series of special events throughout the year, the first being a 'Retro Classic Car Day' on Sunday 29th March. The 'East Coast Retros' Facebook group will be showcasing a display of up to 60 of their 1970s, 80s and 90s modern classic cars at the museum.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the purchase of the museum's first vehicle - a 1938 Dennis bus formerly used by Eastern Counties, nicknamed 'The Flying Pig'. This bus is currently being restored by museum volunteers and can be viewed in the museum's workshop. Returning to the display for 2015 is Dennis New-World fire engine 'Nellie' which has recently been repainted and given a thorough overhaul by museum volunteers.

Among the new exhibits on display is 'Reliance', a 1920s Model T Ford bus owned and operated from new by the Bickers family of Coddenham. Museum founder and trustee, Eric Mouser said 'We are very pleased to accept the Model T Ford on loan from the Bickers family. The bus was restored to a high standard a number of years ago by the motorcycle ace, and enthusiast, the late Dave Bickers. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the museum in its formative years, which makes its addition to the display even more appropriate.'

Other new features at the museum include a brand new 'timeline of mechanical grass-mowing' display, featuring a selection of historic machines made in Ipswich by Ransomes, and a replica cycle shop.

If you require any further information, contact Mark Smith as detailed above. We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Further information:
Venue: Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich
Contact Details: Old Trolleybus Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich, IP3 9JD.
Tel 01473 715666
www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk
Mark Smith, Trustee or (contact or event organiser as applicable) Tel: 01473 715666 (Museum) Mobile: 07900 607430

Paul Bickers with Ford Bus

Paul Bickers with Ford Bus      

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Posted: 7th November 2014

Additional Infomation for The Winter Warmer Sunday 9th November 2014

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Mark Smith's Memories of Bus 63 pdf

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Posted: 2nd November 2014

The Winter Warmer Sunday 9th November 2014

The museum's 'Winter Warmer' day is a new event at the town's transport museum. 2014 is the third year of this event. We aim to provide an atmospheric event where our visitors can enjoy bus and coach rides in twilight and after dark. Attractions for this event will include (subject to availability):

Free rides on museum and visiting historic vehicles.

Operational vehicles from the museum fleet including Ipswich Motorbuses ADX 1, ADX 63B and MRT 6P

Other museum vehicles including Eastern Counties APW 829B and GNG125C

Modern vehicles from First, Norse and Ipswich Buses

Visiting historic vehicles including AEC RT and Routemaster types, Bristol FL, RE and VR and Crossley

The museum is wheelchair accessible

The museum has a tea room, gift shop and WC facilities.

Vehicle and stand entrants are entitled to receive complimentary tickets and free tea and coffee.

Free bus routes run at frequent intervals from the museum on town and rural local services. Rides are not conditional upon entry to the museum, for which a separate admission fee applies.

If you require any further information, contact Mark Smith as detailed above. We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Further information:
Venue: Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich
Contact Details: Old Trolleybus Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich, IP3 9JD.
Tel 01473 715666
www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk
Organiser: Mark Smith, email masmithipswich@yahoo.co.uk
Mobile: 07900 607430

Bus 63 in Foxhall Road in August 2014 attending a recent special event

Bus 63      

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Posted: 15th October 2014

ILLUMINATING EVENING IN STORE FOR MUSEUM ENTHUSIASTS

Enthusiastic collectors of oil and paraffin lamps are lighting up for visitors at the annual 'Wheels by Lamplight' event at the Ipswich Transport Museum on Saturday 18th October.

The event, which takes place at the museum's Cobham Road site, features hundred of lovingly restored and polished lamps to illuminate the museum and allows visitors to see the museum's fascinating objects in a different way.

Event co-ordinator Brian Dyes said 'It's surprising how many people collect old lamps and enjoy displaying them. They have a unique cosy glow which you just can't create with an electric bulb. We use the old lamps to show off our old exhibits, many of which are contemporary with the lamps themselves'.

Exhibitors from all over East Anglia attend the event which is one of the largest gatherings of it's kind in the region.

The event runs from 7pm to 9pm and costs 7 for adults and 6 for concessions. The museum does not admit children to this event. Refreshments will be available in the museum's Sunbeam Tea Room.

Further information:
Brian Dyes, Event Organiser
Tel: 01473 715666 (Museum)
Mark Smith, Press Officer
Mobile: 07900 607430

Image from a Previous Event

Lamplight      

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Posted: 30th September 2014

CLASSICS LINE UP FOR SPECIAL DAY

Ipswich Transport Museum is celebrating the restoration of it's 1962 Bristol HA lorry with a special event on Sunday 5th October. Around 20 cars and light commercials, including the famous Morris Minor and Morris 1000 cars will be on display at the museum. The visitors are all specially invited guests, and are lovingly restored, privately owned examples which are not normally seen on display at the museum.

Event organiser Eric Mouser, who tracked down and restored the 1930 Morris Minor he once owned as a teenager, said 'There will be a fascinating selection of bygone vehicles to enjoy. There is a thriving enthusiast community, and we've assembled a selection classics which have been lovingly restored.

The newly-restored lorry will be displayed alongside a 1974 Scania 111 tractor unit which was one of the first imported lorries in the UK, and operated by the well known Ipswich haulier, Russell Davis. A number of the museum's other exhibits will be displayed outside, enabling different photo opportunities.

Visitors will be able to ride on a couple of the museum's old buses on short local excursions.

The event will run from 11am to 4pm. Admission to the museum costs 7.00 with reductions for concessions, children and families.

Further information:
Mark Smith, Trustee 07900 607430 or Eric Mouser, event organiser 07768 731435
Ipswich Transport Museum:

Tel: 01473 715666 (Museum)

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Classic Vehicle      

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Posted: 19th August 2014

BELLS AND SIRENS HERALD FIRE ENGINE DAY

Ipswich Transport Museum's annual 'Ride a Fire Engine Day' takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 25h August 2014.

The museum, which houses over 100 major transport and engineering exhibits, will give the rare opportunity to actually ride in some of their vintage fire engines.

One of the fire engines is a 60 year old pump appliance affectionately known as Dennis (named after the firm who made the machine), it even has a Rolls Royce engine. It was owned by Suffolk Fire Service for over 50 years before it was donated to the Transport Museum. Visitors will also be able to travel in a local 1950s Commer fire engine, and a former Royal Air Force 'Green Goddess' Bedford appliance.

Museum Trustee Trevor Ling said 'Our special event gives families the chance to enjoy the unique thrill of a ride in a fire engine as well as the opportunity to explore some of our many exhibits. We expect to have a number of visiting fire engines on display and one of our old buses will be giving rides too. We hope that everyone has a great day out!'

The event runs from 11am to 4 pm. Admission is 7.00 with discounts for children, concessions and families

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum:

Tel: 01473 715666 (Museum)

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AEC Swift      

AEC Swift      

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Posted: 7th July 2014

Museum's Peak Behind the Scenes

Ipswich Transport Museum's first 'What's in Store' day takes place on Sunday 13th July.

The special event allows visitors to see items that are not normally on public display, including future restoration projects, archive and costumes, and a close up look at the museum's current projects.

A special free bus service will operate between the museum's Priory Heath exhibition hall and the museum's off-site store building in the north east of the town. The store contains over a dozen rare vehicles, including three priceless pre-war Eastern Counties buses, awaiting their turn in the restoration queue.

Museum Chairman Mark Smith explained 'This is a new event to show people what we get up to when the museum in closed. Restoration, cleaning, cataloguing, building, repairs, maintenance - they're all jobs undertaken by our volunteers. We thought it would be nice to showcase some of the work we do, and some of the rarely seen objects in our collection'.

In addition, the museum's exhibition hall will be open as usual, as will the Sunbeam tea room and gift shop.

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum:

Tel: 01473 715666 (Museum)
Mark Smith, Trustee and publicity manager, Tel 07900 607430, masmithipswich@yahoo.co.uk

Ipswich Transport Museum founder and trustee Eric Mouser, with one of the buses currently stored offsite which will be on display on Sunday 13th July.

AEC Swift      

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Posted: 21st May 2014

Historic truck nearly ready for the road

An historic 1962 lorry is nearly ready to return to the road - after a break of over 40 years.

The Bristol HA tractor unit was used by British Road Services to pull trailers carrying goods to and from Ipswich docks. It ended its life as a dock shunter at the port, and was acquired the Ipswich Transport Museum in 1975.

Museum volunteers have rebuilt the fibre-glass 'jelly mould' cab, repaired the structure, overhauled the mechanical units and fully refurbished the air and electrical systems. Retired paint sprayer Malcolm Flockhart devoted hundreds of hours to the project, and carried out the majority of the bodywork repairs.

'It's been a huge job. The lorry was life expired when we bought it, and then it spent 20 years moving from pillar to post until the museum was established. It was pretty bashed about, so we've had to repair lots damaged bodywork, rebuild the cab structure, redo the wiring and prepare the whole thing for painting' Mr Flockhart said.

The final job was to spray paint the lorry in British Road Services red livery, which was undertaken for the museum by Simon Morris Bodyworks on Ransomes Europark. The museum also acknowledges the kind assistance of local firms DIESCo and Chassis Cab, who have also generously contributed to the project.

'We've just got to put the lettering and signage on now, and then it's ready for the road' Mr Flockhart added.

Mark Smith, Museum chairman, commented 'It's good to see the work is finally complete - the restoration team have done a great job. This lorry reminds us that in the 1960s the road haulage industry was a Nationalised concern - and how big modern trucks are compared with this one.'

Museum volunteers are planning to launch the lorry at our Bristol themed bank holiday event on Bank Holiday Monday 26th May, which will also feature Bristol-built buses and cars. There are also plans to restore the lorry's matching trailer, and the event will be used to launch an appeal to raise the 5,000 needed. The event will run from 11am to 4pm and historic buses and coaches will give rides to and from the museum, running every 15 minutes (See timetable link below).

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum:

Tel: 01473 715666 (Museum)
Mark Smith, Trustee and Publicity Manager, 07900 607430

Jake Phillips and Trevor Ling putting the finishing touches to the newly restored 1962 Bristol HA Lorry

Bristol HA      

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