For a fantastic day of nostalgia, the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft is a must see. With over 60 trolleybuses from across the UK, Europe, Canada and New Zealand, the 8-acre site is the world’s largest collection of trolleybuses.
This quiet and vibration free mass-transit system uses zero emissions at the point of use, making it one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel, and a popular choice for towns and cities around the world and over the last hundred years.
On the former RAF Sandtoft grounds, a set of special overhead electrical wires power the buses – like a tram on wheels. Visitors can hop aboard a vintage bus and travel around the site in true style, and there are even exclusive opportunities to drive a trolleybus.
A recent commission for the museum is a full-sized working replica of a Pioneer 1911 trolleybus; visitors can ride on the solid-tyred, wooden-seated ‘trackless trolley’, as it was referred to over a hundred years ago.
Whilst trolleybuses are the focus of the museum, many other historic vehicles are also included, from old-fashioned motorbuses to trams, and even a horse-drawn tower wagon.
Aside from transport, the Museum now features 1950s and ‘60s memorabilia, including a street scene featuring shop windows (complete with displays), and a pre-fab bungalow kitted out as a home. Paraphernalia donated to the museum over the years fills these parts of the museum, reminiscent of the trolleybuses’ heyday years.
The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, with a special gala open weekend between the 24th and 26th August.