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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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Posted: 1st May 2014

MUSEUMS JOIN FORCES FOR TROLLEY GOOD SHOW

Two Suffolk Museums have joined forces to celebrate their local historic vehicle collections. 'Suffolk Made and Operated' is the theme of the new event, held at the East Anglia Transport Museum , Carlton Colville on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May. The star of the show will be the Ipswich Transport Museum's newly restored trolleybus No.105, which will be carrying passengers again for the first time in 52 years. A magnificent selection of local vehicles all made or used in Suffolk, will be provided by both museums. The display includes the world's oldest working trolleybus, built by Garrett of Leiston in 1926 and used in Copenhagen, and the world's oldest restored trolleybus, Ipswich trolleybus No.2 of 1923. A classic 1950 Commer fire engine, and Ipswich 's first diesel motorbus will be supporting them along with many other visiting vehicles.

Ipswich Transport Museum Chairman Mark Smith said "We'll be moving a small convoy from our collection up the A12 just for the weekend, to show off the amazing vehicles we own to a different audience. This will hopefully give them the chance to ride on some too, to see what it was really like in the old days. We've been looking at ways of increasing access to our collections, and the restoration of our 1948 Karrier trolleybus is the perfect way to launch the event".

East Anglia Transport Museum Chairman David Jordan said "We're pleased to welcome our partners from Ipswich , who have given us the perfect opportunity to exhibit this unique spectacle. Many of us aren't old enough to remember an operating Ipswich trolleybus - and those that can last saw one over 50 years ago! Together we've organised a great exhibition of historic vehicles to provide a fun filled weekend, full of nostalgia."

The event takes place at the East Anglia Transport Museum between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday 10th and 11am and 5pm on Sunday 11th May. For those who can't make it to Lowestoft, the Ipswich Transport Museum will be open as usual on Sunday 10th May. A selection of frequent free bus services will serve the EATM Park and Ride, Lowestoft Town Centre and Railway Station, and Beccles town centre throughout the event- timetable details are available on the EATM website.

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum:

01473 715666 (Museum)

Owen Phillips (Event Organiser) Tel: 07948 837646 or 01473 715666 (Museum)
Mark Smith, Trustee and Publicity Manager, 07900 607430

Two photographs, T105 being prepared for the journey to Carlton Colville and T105 under the wires at the East Anglian Tramway Museum.

Tolleybus 105 being prepared to go to Carlton Colville      

     

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Posted: 1st May 2014

CLASSICS LINE UP FOR 44th HISTORIC RUN

Over 500 classic cars, motorcycles, lorries, buses and military vehicles will take part in the 44th annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run on Sunday 4th May. The event is organised by volunteers at the Ipswich Transport Museum and is supported by 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. Entries dating from from 1913 include two Ford Model T cars and a 4-ton Foden steam wagon. The newest entrants are a 1984 Daimler car, and a similarly aged bus which ran for 20 years in Belfast. Most unusual entrants are a 1950 Lister auto-truck and a 1952 McCormick Deering tractor. 77 entrants pre-date 1939, and there are around 100 vehicles which have not taken part in the run before.

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. 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 first time this year, 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'.

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

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum:

01473 715666 (Museum)

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

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Posted: 9th April 2014

Historic Ipswich trolleybus runs again

An Ipswich trolleybus made an historic return to operational condition on Saturday 5th April - 51 years after the last one operated in the Suffolk town. Trolleybus 105, new in 1948, was one of 126 built for Ipswich Corporation between 1923 and 1950. They were all fuelled by locally generated electricity, which was supplied to the vehicles via twin overhead wires strung above the town's main roads. Conventional buses replaced the last Ipswich trolleys on 23rd August 1963, and soon after the distinctive web of poles and overhead wires were torn down and consigned to history.

Over the last decade, No.105, which was last used in April 1962, has been carefully dismantled and lovingly rebuilt to operational condition by dedicated volunteers at the Ipswich Transport Museum at a cost of around 25,000. The successful test run was the first of many that will take place before the vehicle is returned to public service on Saturday 10th May at the East Anglia Transport Museum in Carlton Colville - which is equipped with the overhead wires needed to provide the 600 volts DC current to the vehicle's electric motor.

Ipswich Transport Museum chairman Mark Smith, 43, was born eight years after the last trolleybus ran. He said: 'I've only ever seen cine footage of these vehicles moving - to watch and hear it for real is a dream come true'. Museum trustee Owen Philips, 21, has been co-ordinating the testing and commissioning work. He commented: 'No.105 was a derelict wreck when we started. The restoration is a shining testament to everyone who worked so hard on it during the last 11 years. It's shows just what can be achieved with passion, skill, hard work and dedication'.

Last winter static testing took place at the Ipswich Transport Museum's Priory Heath site before the vehicle moved to the East Anglia Transport Museum at the end of March. The trolleybus will be formally unveiled to the public on 10th and 11th May at Carlton Colville as part of a special 'Made and Used in Suffolk' event and remain there until the autumn, when it will return to Ipswich for static display.

Could they ever run again in Ipswich? 'Never say never' say's Owen with a wry smile. 'It may not be possible now - but who's to say where we'll be in 10 years time?'

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum:

01473 715666 (Museum)

Mark Smith, Trustee and Publicity Manager, 07900 607430

Two photographs, T105 under the wires at the East Anglian Tramway Museum and Owen Phillips and Bruce Lake consider a job well done

Tolleybus 105 under the wires at EATM      

Owen Phillips and Bruce Lake consider a job well done      

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Posted: 1st December 2013

MUSEUM CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS WITH CRACKER OF AN EVENT

Ipswich Transport Museum rounds off its 2013 season with its annual 'Christmas Cracker' event on Saturday 7th December.

The event will feature seasonal special attractions including bus rides, fire engine rides, face painting and music from an ensemble of the Ipswich Hospital Band. In addition the Ipswich Community Playbus will be attending and there will be a large G scale model railway to enjoy. Children are given 5d (five old pence) to 'spend' on various attractions and receive a free goody bag. Enthusiasts will be able to see the latest museum restorations, including a 1948 Ipswich Trolleybus and 1950 Atkinson flat bed lorry.

Event organiser Trevor Ling said 'we have had a very successful year at the museum, and we hope this event will be an enjoyable curtain raiser to the festive season for everyone, and if the children are lucky, they might even meet Santa himself! We hope everyone will be able to come here and enjoy themselves - perhaps as a welcome respite from the Christmas shopping!'

The event runs from 11am to 4pm, admission is 6 for adults and 18 for families. All vehicle rides and additional attractions at the museum are included in the admission price.

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum:

01473 715666 (Museum)

Mark Smith, Trustee 07900 607430

or Trevor Ling (event organiser)Tel: 01473 715666 (Museum)

Chevrolet Bus ay Christmas      

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Posted: 4th November 2013

ALL ABOARD FOR AN ATMOSPHERIC AFTERNOON ON THE BUSES

Volunteer drivers and conductors will be donning their overcoats and gloves for Ipswich Transport Museum's first 'Winter Warmer' event on Sunday 10th November.

Visitors will be able to sample the cosy glow of tungsten bulbs on some of the museum's historic buses and coaches as they take to the road between 1pm and 6pm, accompanied by a number of visiting vehicles.

Event Organiser Mark Smith explained 'This is our second Winter Warmer event. Last year we showed the vehicles look very old fashioned with their lights on and there's a different atmosphere when they're out in the twilight. We're hoping people will come along for a ride, enjoy some warming refreshments in the tea room, and see how bus crews of yesteryear had to work in pretty harsh conditions, with open saloons, no heaters and tungsten bulbs for light'.

About a dozen buses will take part, dating from 1949 to 1985. Visiting buses include a 58 year old former Ipswich Corporation AEC Regent bus now based in Southampton, a 1949 built Crossley double decker now based in Essex and a former Belfast Citybus Bristol RE single decker.

Admission costs 6.50 for adults and 18 for families with reductions for concessions. All museum bus rides on the old vehicles are free. Regular half hourly free buses will operate from Ipswich Rail Station starting at 1320 and the Cricketers Layby opposite Tower Ramparts from 1330. Visitors are encouraged to use the free bus and connecting public transport as there is limited parking at the museum.

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum:

01473 715666 (Museum)

Mark Smith, Trustee 07900 607430

Mark Smith with ADX 1      

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Posted: 17th October 2013

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 19th 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 6.50 for adults and 5.50 for concessions. The museum does not admit children to this event. Refreshments will be available in the museum's Sunbeam Tea Room.

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum:

01473 715666 (Museum)

Mark Smith, Trustee 07900 607430 or Brian Dyes, event organiser 01473 715666 (Museum)

Visitors enjoying the event      

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Posted: 3rd October 2013

MINOR STARS IN MAJOR MORRIS CELEBRATION

Ipswich Transport Museum is celebrating 100 years of Morris Motors with a special event on Sunday 6th October. Around 25 cars and light commercials, including the famous Minor, Major 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 'Morris Motors were once the byword for economical family motoring. There is a thriving enthusiast community, and we've assembled a selection of these bygone classics for our visitors to enjoy'.

The oldest commercial vehicle will be a 1924 Morris Commercial, and the most modern car is expected to be a 1980s Morris Ital - modified to resemble a Bugatti Type 35!

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 6.50 with reductions for concessions, children and families.

Further information:
Ipswich Transport Museum:

01473 715666 (Museum)

Mark Smith, Trustee 07900 607430 or Eric Mouser, event organiser 07768 731435

Visitors enjoying the event      

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Posted: 20th August 2013

TROLLEY - GOOD ANNIVERSARY!

A newly restored Ipswich electric trolleybus is set to return to the streets of Ipswich over the August Bank Holiday weekend. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of their withdrawal from service in 1963, Ipswich Trolleybus 105, owned and restored by the Ipswich Transport Museum will be on display as part of the Maritime Festival on Orwell Quay (near the beer festival) from 2pm Friday 23rd and on Saturday 24th August.

Trolleybus 105, a Karrier - Park Royal example built in 1948 for Ipswich Corporation Transport, was completed and launched earlier this year to much public acclaim. It has since featured heavily in the local press, and has proved a popular attraction at the museum. The trolleybuses, with their distinctive twin overhead supply wires and trailing booms, were synonymous with the town for 40 years from 1923 and provided a vital service. They replaced the town's electric tram network in 1926, and many of the early trolleys' were actually built in the town by Ransomes Sims and Jefferies. In Suffolk fashion, people commonly knew them as 'trams', continuing to name them after the vehicles they replaced! The last one ran in public service from Electric House to the Priory Heath depot on the evening of August 23rd, 1963, when the electricity was switched off for the last time and the wires gradually taken down for scrap.

Ipswich Transport Museum Chairman, Mark Smith said "Many will still fondly remember travelling on trolleybuses throughout the town, with their open back platforms. The electricity collecting booms would often fly off the overhead wires if a junction or corner was taken too quickly, and the bus conductor would have to put them back on the wires with a large bamboo pole! Trolleybus 105 was completed in time for the 50th anniversary year, and we could think of nowhere better to show off our latest major achievement than down on the waterfront at the Ipswich Maritime Festival. The Friday will be the 50th anniversary to the day that they finished, so we are inviting people to come down and enjoy the spectacle over the weekend, as part of our exhibition of vintage vehicles."

Trolleybus 105 will be on display Friday afternoon from 2pm, and all day Saturday.

The museum has a large display of vintage vehicles on the waterfront over the weekend. The collection can be viewed in the museum every Sunday 11am - 4pm Easter to November, and on BH Monday 26th August is staging its popular annual 'Ride a Fire Engine Day' (admission charges apply).

Contact Numbers:

Owen Phillips can be contacted at the Museum 01473 715666.

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Posted: 13th August 2013

BELLS AND SIRENS HERALD FIRE ENGINE DAY

Ipswich Transport Museum's annual 'Ride a Fire Engine Day' takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2013.

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) 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 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 dating from the 1920s to the present day. We hope that everyone has a great day out!'

The event runs from 11am to 4 pm. Admission is 6.50 with discounts for children, concessions and families

Contact Numbers:

Bob Mellor, Trevor Ling and Owen Phillips can be contacted at the Museum 01473 715666.

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A View from a Previous Event

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