Author Topic: 50th anniversary of the British Trolleybus Society - vintage bus runs  (Read 1262 times)

Offline David Goddard

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The followng article was on the Reading Post website yesterday:

Historic bus to roll back the years
April 01, 2011

Shoppers could catch a rare site tomorrow when a vintage ex-Reading Corporation bus will be retracing the old trolleybus routes around the town.

Dozens of bus enthusiasts will be in Reading over the weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the British Trolleybus Society.

The organisation was created in Reading, with the aim of preserving a pre-war trolleybus, before it grew into a national society. Dave Hall, from the British Trolleybus Society, said: “On Saturday we’ve got quite a few people from all over the country coming down to Reading.

“In the afternoon we have a vintage motorbus following the trolleybus routes from the 1960s and then in the evening we have a jubilee dinner in the pentahotel with most of our original members who are still alive and the mayor, who is a former trolleybus driver, attending.”

The Reading Transport Society was started in 1961 and Tilehurst-born Mr Hall joined three years later when he was just 11. The group’s initial task was to preserve the Reading Corporation 113 trolleybus which was due to be replaced by a new model.

After successfully preserving the vehicle, interest spread nationwide and the organisation found itself acquiring trolleybuses from miles around. The result was the opening of the Trolleybus museum, in Sandtoft, Lincolnshire, which is now known to bus enthusiasts around the world.

Bus driver Mr Hall, who currently lives in Swindon, said: “This weekend is going to be something quite special. It all originated in Reading and we were the first group to preserve a trolleybus. It’s amazing because so many people who were around at the time are still involved in it. It’s been an amazing experience.”

The Reading trolleybus system started operating in July 1936 and gradually replaced the tram network routes served.  

The service was ended in November 1968

Offline David Goddard

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Re: 50th anniversary of the British Trolleybus Society - vintage bus runs
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2011, 09:19:34 PM »
Well they went one better than this and when I was in town this afternoon there turned out to be a pair of ex Reading vehicles in operation.
These were AEC Regent MRD147 and AEC Regent Mk III RD7127
How splendid they looked - just like the modern Reading Buses fleet does.

Offline Stonechat

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Re: 50th anniversary of the British Trolleybus Society - vintage bus runs
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2011, 10:29:07 PM »
Lovely shots, David

Tony