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Transport Museum's open day

PUBLISHED: 01:19 04 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Transport Museum is holding its annual 'Come and Ride on Our Buses' open day on Sunday.

This year, the event celebrates the 70th anniversary of Eastern Counties buses.

IPSWICH Transport Museum is holding its annual 'Come and Ride on Our Buses' open day on Sunday.

This year, the event celebrates the 70th anniversary of Eastern Counties buses. So many vehicles are expected to take part, that two display sites are needed.

At the Museum, there will be at least nine historic Eastern Counties buses in use, all dating from 1949-1972.

First Eastern Counties, as the company is now called, will be displaying vehicles brought in from depots all over East Anglia, including their latest vehicles, one of which had recently been used in Hong Kong.

More than a dozen other visiting preserved vehicles will also be taking part in the event, and will be displayed in Ransomes Europark.

Pride of place will go to a recently restored 1949 Bristol L single decker, which has been restored by Ipswich Transport Museum volunteers, and will carry passengers for the first time in more than twenty years.

Volunteer drivers and conductors will also man the old buses. Event organiser Mark Smith said: "Once again we are giving families and enthusiasts the chance to take a journey back in time – and remember the red liveried Eastern Counties buses as they used to look."

The Museum has arranged for a special free Park and Ride service to the museum, as there is no car parking at the Museum's Cobham Road premises.

The site, in Central Avenue on Ransomes Europark, will be served by a frequent service direct to the Museum, from 1030-1630.

In addition, a free bus service will link the Town Centre and Rail Station to the Museum, operating at the following times:

Old Cattle Market Bus Station (Coachman's Court): 1034, then at 10 and 40 minutes past hour until 1540.

Railway Station forecourt: 1038, then 14 and 44 minutes past hour until 1544.

A souvenir programme and timetable booklet has been produced specially for the event. The Museum's collection of more than 130 local vehicles will be on display in the museum, and both event sites and the park and ride service are wheelchair accessible. The museum will open at 1100.

Admission to the museum costs £2.50 for adults, with reductions for concessions and children. A family ticket for two adults and up to 3 children is £7.00.

Weblink: www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk.

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