It was in late 1969 that four separate enthusiast groups - The Reading Transport Society, The Doncaster Omnibus and Light Railway Society, the West Riding Transport Society and the Notts. & Derbys. Transport Society - came together to establish a working Trolleybus Museum on four derelict acres of a World War Two RAF airfield at Sandtoft, near Doncaster. Sandtoft is in the parish of Belton and in an area known as the Isle of Axholme, at that time in the Lindsey area of the County of Lincolnshire but now within the precincts of North Lincolnshire. The story actually goes back to April 1961, when a 23-year old schoolteacher decided he wanted to see one of his home town's pre-war trolleybuses preserved, as they were scheduled to be replaced by brand new trolleybuses. That schoolteacher was Michael Dare and the town was Reading. Mike had discussed the idea with the General Manager and Engineer at Reading Corporation Transport, Mr William John Evans. Mr. Evans was very receptive and suggested that to try to make the idea work, Michael should write and get a letter published in the local paper asking if anyone might be interested in forming a group to buy and look after the trolleybus. The result was the formation of the Reading Transport Society with initially around 10 members from the town and in September 1961, no.113 was purchased from Reading Corporation (minus its traction motor, which was retained for use in one of the new Sunbeam trolleybuses) to become the first privately preserved Trolleybus in the country.
OPENING TIMES : The Museum is Open only on the days listed on their websiste (www.sandtoft.org.uk).
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▶ Address : Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster, DN8 5SX.
▶ Contact Number : 01724 711391.
▶ Website: www.sandtoft.org.uk
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