Bus company's celebrations continue

AS Ipswich Buses continues to celebrate its centenary year a variety of special events are being organised to allow visitors and residents to travel back in time during the autumn.

AS Ipswich Buses continues to celebrate its centenary year a variety of special events are being organised to allow visitors and residents to travel back in time during the autumn.

From September 2 a centenary display will be set up in the Tourist Information Centre, St Stephens Church in central Ipswich.

On the same day, a reunion for former lady corporation transport employees will take place at the Transport Museum – exactly 80 years since the first experimental trolleybuses took to the streets in Ipswich.

On Saturday a number 11 trolleybus arrived at Sidegate Lane in Ipswich– forty years after the last such vehicle left service for the last time.


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It was towed through the town by a restored Ipswich Corporation tower wagon then displayed at the transport museum in Cobham Road before returning to Electric House in the evening to replicate the final run at 6.36pm.

The event was watched by former trolleybus staff, including Ivan Last, the conductor on the trolleybus which famously overturned on Bishop's Hill in June 1955.

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Mr Last said 'It was a wonderful spectacle and revived many happy memories for me… and the 'bus stayed upright this time!'

Ipswich transport museum have now teamed up with the Suffolk Record Office and are using the trolleybus to publicise 'archive awareness month' in September. Archive material themed on 'Ipswich at War' will be made accessible to the public on a number of special open days.

On October 5th, the trolleybus will be on display at the museum's annual 'Come and Ride on our Buses' day, where historic Ipswich buses will give free rides during the day.

For further details about any of the above events, the public can contact the museum on 01473 715666 or visit: www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

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