Transport museum turns back time

VIDEO CLOCKS were turned back several decades as 20 buses from yesteryear took to the streets of Ipswich offering nostalgic trips.The Ipswich Transport Museum's annual invitation to “Come and Ride on Our Buses” attracted about 1,500 visitors to the Cobham Road site.

CLOCKS were turned back several decades as 20 buses from yesteryear took to the streets of Ipswich offering nostalgic trips.

The Ipswich Transport Museum's annual invitation to “Come and Ride on Our Buses” attracted about 1,500 visitors to the Cobham Road site.

Buses dating back up to 60 years took to routes in and around the town, including a circular route over the Orwell Bridge which proved very popular.

Mark Smith from the museum said the fine weather had brought out many people to the event - and they were also taking the chance to see the development of the museum itself.

Among the buses on show, although not giving rides, was a Sunderland Corporation bus from 1947 and one from even further afield - a former Hong Kong transport bus which was bought by two Eastern Counties drivers from Norfolk.

And the museum was also showing off its newly-restored 1950s Bristol double-decker bus which has been overhauled with £50,000 of national lottery money.

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It is not yet ready to return to the road, but should be back in action early next year.

Mr Smith said: “It has been a very good day. We all enjoy being able to put these vehicles back on the road and showing off exactly what they were built for.”

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