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Wheels of Ipswich January 2013

The talk was given by Brian Dyes, Hon Archive Manager of the Ipswich Transport Museum and covered transport in Ipswich approximately over the last 100 years taking us on public transport from horse taxis through horse trams, electric trams, trolley buses and buses and commercial transport from horse and carts, through steam, electric, diesel and petrol vehicles to the present day. We heard about the private companies running the horse tramways and the horse buses with their advantage of cheaper fares and ability to go further out of town. The 1902 council decision to build an electric tramway. Also of the Great Eastern owned buses servicing the railway station from 1905. The effects of world war 1 and the shortage of horses and the effects that had on the Ransomes electric vehicles and women working on public transport. Brian talked about the period between the wars with the arrival of a model T fire engine in 1919 and Eastern Counties having 20 buses the same year to run services to surrounding towns. The arrival of car taxis and trackless trams (trolley buses) in 1925 and much more. We moved on through world war 2, the effects of the 25% to 30% population increase and the effects this had on transport in the town. Brian then brought us up to date with the transport solutions and significant changes that happened after the war, also the effects of national decisions such as the nationalisation of motor buses in 1950. A question and answer session followed the talk. The talk and discussion after were thoroughly enjoyed by a large turnout of members.

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Bus Wherstead Rd 1977 Trolley Bus 1963 St Margarets