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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Ipswich Trolleybus No 46
Ipswich Trolleybus No 46
Registration:PV 817
Acquired by the Museum:1971
Current State:as acquired, unrestored
Built in 1933 and registered PV 817 this was a totally Ipswich produced vehicle, with a Ransomes chassis and Ransomes 48 seat double deck body and was the first double decker in the fleet. This was the first of the Ipswich Corporation vehicles to carry the new livery which incorporated mottled aluminium panelling which became a hallmark of ICT trolleybuses.

It was withdrawn from service in August 1951 and became a caravan at Needham Market before passing to the Museum in January 1971.

This particular vehicle is considered by many to be of national importance as an early example of the British Double-deck trolleybus and it is hoped that finance will be obtained in the future to rebuild and restore this bus to original condition. All of the electrical equipment is in hand to make it operational again, although the cost of full restoration would probably be in the region of 50000 - 80000.