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Posted: 23rd August 2016

FIRE BELLS HERALD BANK HOLIDAY EVENT

Volunteers at the Ipswich Transport Museum are gearing up for its 2016 'ride a fire engine day' on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August.

The event has proved hugely popular in recent years, offering the almost unique opportunity to actually ride in a fire appliances, old and new. Several visiting engines are expected to attend the special event, including two relatively modern Dennis machines, and an example of the well known 'Green Goddess' Bedford pump.

Among the museum's varied collection of appliances that will be giving rides is the popular 1950 Commer 'Avenger' pump escape. The Commer will be accompanied by PBJ 338, a larger Dennis F12 with Rolls Royce engine dating from 1954. Also on display will be 'Nellie' - a open top Dennis appliance which dates from the 1930s.

Museum Chairman Mark Smith said "This event has become a really important fixture in our calendar with families, as well as Fire Service enthusiasts. The engines only see occasional use for special events nowadays, but once a year we dust them off and give them a run out for our visitors. Ipswich has a rich fire fighting heritage which is worth celebrating, and how better to demonstrate what it was really like in days gone by?".

The museum's 'special event' admission charge applies to this event, with the fire engine rides inclusive. Fore more information see the museum's website or Facebook page.

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

Fire Engines in action at a previous Ipswich Transport Museum 'Ride a Fire Engine' Day.

Fire Engines      

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Posted: 26th July 2016

CO-OP BREAD VAN IS A DANDY RESTORATION

Ipswich Transport Museum will be unveiling it's latest restoration at it's Priory Heath site on Monday 1st August.

The baker's van is horse drawn, although built as late as 1932 for the Newmarket Co-Operative Society.

A team of four museum volunteers have spent two and a half years restoring the Van to its former glory.

The van was used in the Newmarket area and was "put-out-to-grass" along with its horse "Dandy" in Stetchworh in 1950. The museum acquired it in 1972 from Turners Tannery in Bramford, and until 2013 was displayed in it's unrestored state.

Restoration Project Leader Leo Brome explains: When we started the restoration, we found faint writing in the cab - Una Wright Stetchworth. We traced Una's friend Joy, who now lives in Newmarket. We discovered they played in the old van when they were 9 years old (about 66) years ago) - and both lived in Stetchworth. Una later moved to the United States as a GI bride. We are now on a hunt for a real driver and Horse to pull it!'

A very unusual - possibly unique - feature of the van is that it is clad in hardboard (invented in 1925). As the board was in good condition over 85% of the vehicle is restored original material. New shafts were required and the Cartwheels had to be rebuilt as the van has been restored to full working order.

The volunteers have created a new display in the museum, and the restored van is hitched to the museum fibreglass horse - nicknamed 'Dandy' of course. The replica horse is complete with full Tack, and expected to attract considerable interest from museum visitors.

The restored bakery van is being formally unveiled by Lynne Mortimer from EADT at 12.00 on Monday 1st August to mark the launch of the Museum's summer open season. The museum will be open on Monday to Friday afternoons from 1-4pm throughout the school summer holiday period.

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum: 01473 715666 (Museum) Mark Smith, Press Officer Mobile: 07900 607430 Leo Brome, Restoration Team Leader 07802 788856
E-mail: enquiries@ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

Various views of the restored Newmarket Coop Horse Drawn Bread Van

In the Museum

Coop Bread Van

Coop Bread Van

Restorers Dai Jones & Dave Nelson fitting the shelves

Coop Bread Van

The restored van on the 2016 Ipswich to Felixstowe historic vehicle run

Coop Bread Van

Restorers Leo Brome & Dave French adjusting the reins

Coop Bread Van      

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Posted: 22nd June 2016

MODELS TO DELIGHT CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

Transport and model fans are in for a treat at the Ipswich Transport and Model Festival on Saturday 25th June.

The event, sponsored by Scograil Model Railways, is organised by the Ipswich Transport Museum, Ipswich Railway Modellers Association and Ipswich Model Engineering Society, features full size and model transport and engineering exhibits across their three sites. A free bus service will link the attractions, along with the Ipswich Model Railway Centre in Tomline Road and a model railway exhibition in Baptist Church Hall, Cauldwell Hall Road.

The Transport Museum will feature its regular full size exhibits and a number of model trains, buses, and lorries in a variety of scales. Children can try their hand driving trains on a large 'G' scale model railway and there will be a display of Meccano, model trains, trams, buses and trucks.

The Railway Modeller's club rooms in Norfolk Road will feature model railways in a variety of scales, including a hands on Thomas the Tank Engine layout and a large sales stand selling second-hand models.

The model engineers HQ in Foxhall Road will feature live steam models where visitors can actually ride behind the locomotives - miniatures of the real thing. There will also be an large scale 'Gauge 1' outdoor layout. Catering facilities will be provided at each location.

Event sponsor Scograil will have a variety of special offers in their shop in the Ipswich Model Railway Centre in Tomline Road, and entrants to their model railway exhibition at the Baptist Church Hall, Cauldwell Hall Road, can enjoy layouts, modelling demonstrations and manufacturers showcasing their latest products.

Event co-ordinator Keith Lankester said 'once again local transport and modelling enthusiasts have joined forced to provide a great day out, and experience a range of modelling covering rail, road and water. They can contrast these fantastic models will the full size exhibits at the Transport Museum.'

The free bus service linking the attractions runs every 20 minutes. The full timetable is on the museum's website - www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk. An open top bus will be one of at least three buses in use during the day. The Transport and Model Festival bus link connects with public transport at Foxhall Road (The Railway public house for Derby Road station), Woodbridge Road Ipswich Hospital Layby (for Ipswich Park and Ride service 800, bus services 6, 6A and 66 and services from the Woodbridge area).

An inclusive entrance ticket costs 9.50 for adults and 1 for accompanied children. For those wishing to visit individual sites, normal admission charges will apply, and all visitors can use the free bus service at any time.

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum: 01473 715666 (Museum) Mark Smith, Press Officer Mobile: 07900 607430
Ipswich Railway Modellers Association Keith Lankester 07930 123627
E-mail: enquiries@ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

Visitors enjoying a G Scale model railway at the Ipswich Transport Museum

Model Railway      

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Posted: 14th March 2016

Museum re-opens for 2016 season

Ipswich Transport Museum re-opens to the public for it's 2016 season on Sunday 20th March. The museum will open every Sunday and Bank Holiday until the end of November, as well as Monday to Friday afternoons in the School holidays, and Wednesday afternoons in July and September. Various special events will be held throughout the year.

The museum is hoping to build on it's best ever year in 2015, when volunteers welcomed over 10,000 visitors to the museum for the first time. Membership now stands at a best ever 300. The Museum's first open day will coincide with the new Ipswich Heritage Bus day at Portman Road, and the Museum's Cobham Road site will be linked to the bus event by a special free bus service which will run every 15 minutes. A number of museum buses will be among those giving rides to the public.

Visitors will be able to see new displays including the 'Rapier Room', 'Railway Room' and a two new exhibits, a 1972 Ransomes Combine Harvester, and a 1999 Scania L94 Bus, which is the museum's first bus designed to carry wheelchairs. The museum's latest restoration, a horse-drawn Co-Op bakery van, in also very nearly complete.

'We've had a busy winter' said Museum Chairman Mark Smith. 'We've converted the old paintshop at Priory Heath into our Rapier Room, which has full-size cranes, as well as models of various Rapier products. These were all designed and made in Ipswich and are a reminder of the town's industrial heritage. The new combine is also a fantastic new exhibit, and is displayed with the various agricultural sacks and scales so visitors can see the object in context'.

The Museum will be open from 1100 to 1600 on Sunday 20th March. Refreshments will be available in the museum's Sunbeam Tea Room.

Details of the museum's admission charges, open days and opening times for 2016 can be found at www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk.

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum: 01473 715666 (Museum) Mark Smith, Press Officer Mobile: 07900 607430

Ipswich Heritage Bus Event Owen Phillips owenphillips.9211@yahoo.com 07948 837646
E-mail: enquiries@ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

Museum chairman Mark Smith with Ipswich transport Museum's new 44 year-old Ransomes Combine Harvester.

Combine Harvester      

Combine Harvester      

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Posted: 10th November 2015

Museum plans 50th birthday bash on Sunday 15th November

Ipswich Transport Museum is celebrating on Sunday 15th November. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the purchase of the Museum's first vehicle. The 1938 Dennis Ace bus - affectionately known as 'the flying pig' - is nearing the end of an 18 month restoration, and will be centre of attraction at the Museum's Priory Heath depot.

'We've turned the anniversary into a 50th birthday bash' explained museum chairman Mark Smith. 'The purchase of the Dennis Ace was quickly followed by other vehicles which formed the nucleus of what has developed into our fantastic collections. We've finally got round to restoring it, and a party seemed the right thing to do to mark the occasion. We need to raise around 5,000 to complete the restoration, including the seats, interior trim and paintwork. But the bulk of the work is done now, and people can admire what has been achieved'.

Eric Mouser, who bought the 'flying pig' from Bickers Coaches in Coddenham in 1965, was one of the founding members of the museum and is a museum Trustee. 'I'm proud at what we have achieved. Ipswich grew because of transport and engineering, and we have amassed a unique collection of artefacts which is unrivalled for a town of our size. It took us 25 years to get established - during this time we acquired vehicles and raised funds, and once people realised we were serious about setting a proper museum, Ipswich Borough Council allowed us to rent Priory Heath'.

Mr. Mouser added: 'Towards the end of the 20th Century we realised that the engineering heritage which helped to make Ipswich the town it is today had all but disappeared - names such as Ransomes, Rapier, Cranes, Reavells and Cocksedge - and so a section of the museum has been devoted to keeping the memory of these great companies alive. We have taken the opportunity to establish a marvellous volunteer run museum, which now attracts over 8,000 visitors a year'.

The event will be marked by a Cavalcade of Museum vehicles from the Cornhill to the Museum in Cobham Road in the morning, departing at 10.30. A celebratory cake will be cut by the Mayor of Ipswich, and the museum will open to the public at 11am. A selection of visiting buses and coaches will be providing rides along with members of the museum's own fleet. There will also be a re-union for Friends and Volunteers of the Museum past and present during the evening.

'We've secured extra car parking at the Holywells Centre in Lindbergh Road for the day, and buses will be stopping there regularly to pick up and drop off visitors' said Mr. Smith. 'We urge visitors to use this site to avoid congestion outside the museum - we expect to be very busy'.

Refreshments will be available in the museum's Sunbeam Tea Room.

The cavalcade will leave the Cornhill at 10.30 and arrive at the museum by 11am. The route will be via Queen Street, St. Nicholas Street, St. Peters Street, Star Lane, Grimwade Street, Fore Hamlet, Bishops Hill and Felixstowe Road to Cobham Road

The Museum will be open from 11am - 4pm. Museum special event admission charges apply.

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

Marl Smith with the Dennis Ace

Morris      

The ITM Today

Car      

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Posted: 14th October 2015

ILLUMINATING EVENING IN STORE FOR MUSEUM ENTHUSIASTS

Saturday 17th October.

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 17th 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.

Harold Landin and Richard Oliver have taken over the organisation of the well-established event for the first time. Richard said 'It's been a challenge to take on this popular event but it's well supported by the many individuals and clubs who collect old lamps and enjoy displaying them. They have a 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 opens earlier than in previous years and runs from 5.30pm to 9pm. Admission is available on the door and costs 7 for adults and 6 for concessions. Visitors are advised that for safety reasons the museum does not admit children to this event.

Refreshments will be available in the museum's Sunbeam Tea Room.

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

Pictures from a previous event

Morris      

Car      

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Posted: 29th September 2015

MORRIS LINE UP FOR CLASSIC VEHICLE DAY Saturday 3rd October.

Ipswich Transport Museum is celebrating our motoring heritage with a special 'Classic Vehicles Day' on Saturday 3rd October. Around 25 cars and light commercials, including a display of Morris 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.

One of the visiting vehicles is a 1975 Eastern Counties RE bus which is travelling down from Birmingham for the event, and will be giving rides to visitors. A number of the museum's other exhibits will be displayed outside, enabling different photo opportunities.

Visitors will be able to ride on one 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. The event has been moved to a Saturday to avoid clashing with the popular Copdock Bike Show on Sunday 4th October.

Further information:
Mark Smith, Trustee Tel: 01473 715666 (Museum) or 07900 607430

Eric Mouser, event organiser 07768 731435
E-mail: enquiries@ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

Pictures from a previous event

Morris      

Car      

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Posted: 26th August 2015

BELLS AND SIRENS HERALD FIRE ENGINE DAY Bank Holiday Monday 31st August 2014.

Ipswich Transport Museum's annual 'Ride a Fire Engine Day' takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 31st 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), and 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. The museum's former Needham Market and Port of Felixstowe engine,'Nellie' dating from 1938, will also be in operation for the first time since its restoration last year. Several other visiting fire engines are due to attend the special day.

Museum Trustee Owen Phillips said "Our ride a fire engine event gives families the chance to enjoy the unique thrill of a ride in these machines, 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.

After the success of last year's event, we hope that once again the event proves to be a great day out for kids young and old!"

Further information:
Mark Smith, Trustee or (contact or event organiser as applicable) Tel: 01473 715666 (Museum) or 07900 607430

Owen Phillips, Event Organiser Tel 079488 37646
E-mail: enquiries@ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

Richard Oliver ITM volunter- cleans Nellie the fire engine

Nellie      

2 views from previous events

Fire Engines1      

Fire Engines2      

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Posted: 9th July 2015

LOTS IN STORE FOR MUSEUM EVENT Sunday 12th July 2015.

Ipswich Transport Museum's second 'What's in Store?' day takes place on Sunday 12th July. The special event allows visitors to see items that are not normally on public display, including future restoration projects and 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 west 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. New to the collection within the store building and now mounted on an original Tilling Stevens chassis, is the body of a 1920s Eastern Counties Roadcar bus, built by Ransomes Sims and Jeffries in Ipswich. An ex-Wyards Removals Bedford lorry will also be on display outside.

Museum Chairman Mark Smith explained "This is a unique event to show people what we get up to when the museum in closed, and to show a lot of our exhibits in the often quite poor condition that we restore them from. Cleaning, restoration, 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. Refreshments will also be available at the museum's store building.

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum:
Mark Smith, Trustee or (contact or event organiser as applicable)
Tel: 01473 715666 (Museum) or 07900 607430
Owen Phillips, Event Organiser Tel 079488 37646
E-mail: enquiries@ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

Ransomes Tilling Stevens- Eastern Counties bus- manufacturers photo

Tilling Stevens      

Richard Oliver ITM volunter- cleans Nellie the fire engine

Richard cleaning      

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