The weather looked a bit bleak with dark clouds over head. 16 cars set off from the Stock Yard Hellaby with tops down. John and Alex joined us later. Heading towards Thurcroft, Brampton, Basset Law, Carlton in Lindrick. We were very lucky to have missed all the rain as the roads were very wet at Hodsock. Then the sun came out YIP PEE. On toward Ranskill, Bawtry, not far away now to Hayfield Lake near Doncaster, for our coffee break. A great location with a very large fishing pond, lovely grounds, and a brilliant Pub that made excellent coffee and cake.
Back on the road again and not too far away, we entered The Trolley Bus Museum at Sandtoft. The sun still shining we made our way to the cafe. A full tummy, then we can enjoy the day.
IT was the 50th Anniversary of The Trolley Bus Museum.
Trolley buses have been around since 1911 first seen on the London streets. They then became popular all over the world until 1972 when they were discarded by the British. But still used abroad. They were powered by mains electricity collected from special over head wires by two poles on the roof. They had rubber tyres and run on normal roads.
The Museum stored many such Trolley buses coming from all over the world, Europe, Canada,New Zealand.
We started with a ride on a very old Motor Bus, for over half an hour we spent a very enjoyable journey with a very funny smiley guide (Steve ) showing us the country side and the village of Epworth. ( All the staff are volunteers ) The fire brigade gave us a demonstration of the excellent work they do attending a fire.
There were shops with old camera’s and clothes memorabilia, also a prefab bungalow with 1950 decor and furniture. A blast from the past for some of the oldie’s (me included ) We then paid our PENNY and got our ticket for a ride on the TROLLEY BUS, we went up stairs to get the front seat, but it had been taken, but plenty more seats. Believe it or not this was the first time i had ridden on a Trolley Bus. It was short and sweet, but very enjoyable.
Time had gone so fast, lots to see, but i am sure we didn’t see it all.
Our last look and to take some pictures of those magnificent fire engines, plus the police car and motor bike. Things were closing down, so time to head back to the car. It had been ANOTHER great day. Thanks once again to Burton & Lesley for finding something different for us all to enjoy.