The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft is, I am told by the person at reception as I call it the wrong name myself, often referred to simply as Sandtoft. I am quickly and politely corrected, now being informed that this is the name of the town, and it makes sense I suppose, I thought a Sandtoft is some sort of public transport system, seems I have learnt something, its nothing to do with Public Transport, yet its something new!
Anyway, a bit of history. The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft was started in 1969 when volunteers acquired a patch of land which used to be RAF Sandtoft, which was decommissioned in 1958. The volunteers built sheds and workshops, and is today acknowledged as having the largest collection of preserved trolleybuses in Europe.
The museum is an open air affair, consisting of a number of buildings, and an oval circuit where the trolleybuses run, its not a full days entertainment, but certainly gave us a few hours entertainment one sunny afternoon.
Getting to the Trolleybus Museum can be a little challenge, getting off the M180 as soon as you get onto it from the M18, a junction leading to little country lanes, and just as you think you are lost in the middle of nowhere, bang, you are faced with a network of overhead wires taking you back instantly some 50 or 60 years to the days when our towns and cities were full of busses which took their power from overhead wires, imagine the stop gap between the tram and modern bus.
Parking is on a large grassy area, and the entrance is through a small cabin, but beyond we were transported back to a world where silent running electric busses rule.
With our entrance fee we were free to ride and re-ride the trolleybuses which were running today, just a handful of the many kept by the museum.
We found the volunteers all excellent and knowledgeable, many were more than willing to share their knowledge with us, explain how the trolleybuses worked and more.
We found a small theatre showing archive films, and many photos pinned to the wall, and were free to explore the sheds where the trolleybuses all lived.
In all, a nice few hours on a Sunday spent in the sunshine, living in a carefree time.
We were told that the museum had expansion plans, but nothing else about timescales, we wish it the best and will be back at some point for a few hours relaxation in the sun.
The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft is not open everyday, so you are advised to check the website for opening dates, which we found a little confusing to navigate, but with a little determination you can stumble across the opening times, however, we struggled to find entrance prices anywhere, until you stumble upon the Events page, can’t quite work out why its not in the Info section, however, that’s just a small grumble upon an otherwise enjoyable experience.