Ipswich Transport Museum
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Posted: 5th May 2017


Over 500 classic cars, motorcycles, lorries, buses and military vehicles will take part in the 47th annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run on Sunday 7th May. The event is organised by volunteers at the Ipswich Transport Museum and is supported by RFT Services, Suffolk Norse, 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. Around 570 entrants are preparing their precious machines, which will line up in Christchurch Park until 11am and then depart for Felixstowe. Historic cars, motorcycles, buses, commercial vehicles and military vehicles will be taking part in the annual spectacle.

The oldest entrant is an 1884 Penny Farthing cycle, and other vintage entrants include a 1904 Stanley steam car, two 1913 Model T Ford cars and a 1920 BSA Bantam motorbike. The museum expect 80 motorcycles, 27 buses and coaches and 20 military vehicles as well as the many cars taking part.

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 free souvenir programme produced especially for the event available from event stewards at each venue.

Vehicles will arrive in Christchurch Park from around 08.30 and the parade leaves the park at 11.00 with the Mayors of Ipswich and Felixstowe in attendance. The first vehicles are expected to line up on Felixstowe Promenade from around 12.00.

Rally organiser Peter Cansick, who is co-ordinating the event, said 'this is a very rewarding event for us at the museum as well as the many participants in the rally and the general public who enjoy the spectacle'.

Museum officials are hoping for good weather as the event is one of the busiest days of the year for Felixstowe's sea front traders.

Ipswich Transport Museum: Peter Cansick (Event Organiser) peter.cansick@keme.co.uk 01473 715666 (Museum)
E-mail: enquiries@ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

Vehicles lined up on Felixstowe Promenade.

vehicles on prom      

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Posted: 27th September 2016


Ipswich Transport Museum is celebrating our motoring heritage with a special 'Classic Vehicles Day' on Saturday 1st October. Around 25 cars and light commercials, including a special display of vehicles made by Dennis Brothers of Guildford, one of the country's last wholly British owned manufacturers, will be on display at the museum. The day's visitors include specially invited guests, with 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 rarely seen selection of classics for the day.

The Dennis display will include the museum's first bus, which started the collection off when it was acquired in 1965. The 1938 Dennis Ace, fondly known as the 'Flying Pig' is nearing the end of a comprehensive restoration, which began two years ago. In contrast, Alexander Dennis will display a brand new Enviro200 bus, and Ipswich Buses will be running Dennis buses on route 4 for the day. Other Dennis vehicles include 'Ermintrude', a bus dating from 1929, a selection of fire engines - and even a lawnmower dating from 1948.

Also on display will be the museum's newly restored 1965 R&W Paul Scammell Scarab tractor unit, together with it's trailer upon which refurbishment is about to begin.

Visiting vehicles will include cars by Morris, Vauxhall, Lanchester and Riley.

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.

Ipswich Transport Museum: Mark Smith, Trustee 07900 607430 or Eric Mouser, event organiser 07768 731435 01473 715666 (Museum)
E-mail: enquiries@ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

Action from Classic Vehicle Day.

scammell scarab      

Classic Vehicle Day      

Dennis Ace      

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Posted: 23rd August 2016


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


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


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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