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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Trolleybus Switchgear Room
Switchgear Room
Date:1937
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Acquired by the Museum:1988
Current State:As switched off in 1963
Ipswich Borough Council generated its own electricity when Priory Heath Trolleybus depot was opened in 1937, so the building contained its own electricity substation along with a large switch panel. This allowed the trolleybus electricity supply to be controlled for individual roads in the surrounding area. When trolleybus operation finished in 1963, the power was just switched off, and the switchgear left where it was!

At some point, the mercury arc rectifiers were removed, but the rest of the equipment was left untouched until the Museum took over the building. Basic cleaning is all that has been necessary for the equipment.