Got a good use for a trolleybus?

RETIRED trolleybuses are back in the spotlight again as more unusual uses have been found for the vehicles.Ipswich Transport Museum plans to publish a book entitled Trolleybus Tales which will be a compilation of the various different roles they have played in people's lives.

RETIRED Trolleybuses are back in the spotlight again as more unusual uses have been found for the vehicles.

Ipswich Transport Museum plans to publish a book entitled Trolleybus Tales which will be a compilation of the various different roles they have played in people's lives. They are eager to hear from anyone who may have memories or photographs of these single and double deck vehicles.

One small single decker was home to two sisters in Flatford from 1934 until 1977, until it was restored and given pride of place in the Transport Museum.

Another was used as a darkroom until it met its end in spectacular style one Guy Fawkes night, and several acted as temporary air raid huts during the war.

Two double deck trolleybuses were used as caravans at a Needham Market site and another, at Bosmere, was thatched by its owner to get around planning regulations.

Perhaps the unkindest conversion was when Colchester Borough Council turned trolleybus 82 into a mobile set of ladies toilets, complete with a water tank upstairs.

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However, many of them were bought by a dealer in Hadleigh Road and were stored in Church Lane, Sproughton, before being sold as far as Saxmundham Market.

If you have photographs or stories you would like to contribute contact the Old Trolleybus Depot, Cobham Road, Ipswich, 01473 715666 between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

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