28/06/2013

EATM Hop On A Bus Day 2013 photo special - Part 2 'at the museum'

Welcome to the second part of our EATM Hop On A Bus Day photo special, as mentioned in Part 1 we decided not to attend the event this year but two of our regular contributors, Colin Apps and Sam Wickham went and have both kindly supplied the excellent selection of photographs and information included in this two part special.

Whilst Part 1 focused on buses out 'on the road' this part features photographs taken 'at the museum' itself.

EATM Hop On A Bus Day 2013 (c) Colin Apps
The first photo today shows James Denny's excellent Eastern Counties Bristol VR NAH 135P, presented in an 'in service' condition VR's like this were a common sight across Norfolk & Suffolk in the 1990's © Colin Apps.

EATM Hop On A Bus Day 2013 (c) Colin Apps
Next up we see the welcome return of Ipswich Borough Transport Leyland Atlantean MRT 6P, this vehicle is now in the care of the Ipswich Transport Museum © Colin Apps.

Westcliff 825 AJN825 3
Parked outside the EATM light railway station we see Westcliffe On Sea ECW bodied Bristol K5G AJN 825, the bus which dates from 1939 is affectionately referred to as 'The Essex Lady' by its owners The 825 Preservation Group © Sam Wickham.

IB 145 B115LDX 8
Now here is an unusual vehicle, Ipswich Borough Transport Alexander (Belfast) bodied Bristol B21 B115 LDX, dating from 1985 Ipswich was one of only two operators in the country with this type © Sam Wickham.

Of course no visit to the East Anglia Transport Museum is complete without exploring the wonderful vehicles that can be found working in the museum, they include a variety of trolleybuses, trams, buses, cars, commercials and not forgetting the light railway.

Colin photographed some of the vehicles at work in the museum on the day, including the three examples below...

EATM Hop On A Bus Day 2013 (c) Colin Apps
One of two trams working on the day was Sheffield 513, dating from 1950 this tram is on loan to EATM from Beamish, the other tram in use was LT 1858 © Colin Apps.

EATM Hop On A Bus Day 2013 (c) Colin Apps
Here we see a selection of trolleybuses, those in use included Newcastle NBB 628 as seen in this photo plus Maidstone LDC 52 © Colin Apps.

EATM Standard Vanguard (c) Colin Apps
and we finish with something completely different, this classic car, a Standard Vanguard dating from 1955 was giving rides around the museum site © Colin Apps.

So all in all it looks like it was a very enjoyable event, although a little quieter than in recent years, well done to all at EATM and of course all of the vehicle owners for putting on another cracking event!

A final thankyou goes to our contributors Colin Apps and Sam Wickham for making this two part photo special possible.