2016 is the 50th anniversary year since the last electric trolleybus operated in Nottingham and is also the 90th anniversary year of the formation of the South Notts Bus Company.
To celebrate, Nottingham City Transport is hosting a Heritage Day in the Old Market Square on Monday 4th July between 10:30 and 18:00, where four preserved vehicles will be on public display alongside a modern bus repainted into a traditional livery.
The star attraction of the Heritage Day will be Nottingham Trolleybus 506, which operated the last journey between the City Centre and Nottingham Road on 1 July 1966. The trolleybus, based at Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum will visit Nottingham for the day and is the first trolleybus to be on display in the City for nearly 20 years.
The Heritage Day will also see the public unveiling of the last bus purchased new by the South Notts Bus Company in 1989 after restoration. The Olympian double decker has recently undergone restoration and has been repainted by the Nottingham Heritage Vehicles Charity back into the original livery.
The vehicles are:
- West Bridgford 21 – a 1954 AEC Regent operated by West Bridgford Urban District Transport
- Trolleybus 506 – which operated the very last journey on Nottingham’s trolleybus network on 1 July 1966
- South Notts 129 – the last vehicle purchased new by the South Notts Bus company of Gotham in 1989
- Nottingham City Transport 540 – one of the very first Leyland Atlanteans purchased by NCT in the early 1970s
The Heritage Day is free to attend and the owners of these vehicles will be in attendance to talk about their memories and history of public transport in Nottingham. In addition, NCT employees will be on hand to answer any questions people have about buses as part of the annual Catch the Bus Week.
Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Marketing Manager commented, “Nottingham City Transport has been keeping the City moving since 1897 and as we continue to invest in technology and new buses for the future transport needs of our City, it is important to recognise and celebrate important milestones and anniversaries that have played their part in making Nottingham City Transport a successful bus operator today”. He continued, “We’d like to thank Phil Howard, Sandtoft Transport Museum and Nottingham Heritage Vehicles Charity for their support with this event, which promises to be a great day”.