Trolleybus bonanza attracts more than 1,000 people to East Anglia Transport Museum near Lowestoft
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A popular attraction stepped back in time to welcome some vintage vehicles as more than 1,000 visitors were entertained.
The annual Trolleybus weekend took centre stage at the East Anglia Transport Museum on Saturday and Sunday.
The transport museum, based at Chapel Road in Carlton Colville, opened for its latest special event at the weekend – with organisers hailing it as a success.
A spokesman for the transport museum said: 'For many years this annual event has been a popular one with enthusiasts and families alike, this year was no different with over 1,000 visitors attending during the two days.'
The museum stayed open until 9pm on the Saturday evening with guests having the unique experience of riding after dark in the glow of the lights from the moving vehicles and the street lights – something that people do not get to see on a standard open day.
With a total of nine Trolleybuses in operation over the weekend, from seven different cities and towns, these ran alongside the museum's own fleet along with a very special visiting Trolleybus – Teesside 11 – which began life as Reading no. 291. The spokesman added: 'When the Reading Trolleybus system closed it was sold to Teesside Municipal Transport and remained in service there until 1971 when they also closed. It has been in preservation ever since. After being completely renovated it was launched back into public service in a ceremony during this event by its current owner David Brown and the engineer who played a huge part in restoring the vehicle, Brian Maguire.'
The transport museum also welcomed some interesting visiting vehicles, including three vintage taxis – which gave rides around the museum, A Bond Bug, a 1920's Humber, an AJS motorbike with Sidecar, also from the 1920's, two 1950's Land Rovers and a very sporty 1936 Austin 7 made up the vintage vehicles. There were a number of visiting buses, including two London Transport Routemasters.
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The spokesman added: 'We would like to thank all those who attended, both exhibitors and visitors who helped make the weekend a success.'
First Eastern Counties were thanked for supplying the Park and Ride vehicles, and the Co-Op food store on Ashburnham Way was praised for allowing the use of their car park.
'Attention now turns to the museum's Halloween event on Saturday, October 28 where there will be some spooky happenings including a fun filled Halloween-themed family trail,' the spokesman added.