Ipswich Transport Museum

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Tramcar 33 (1904) stands next to Ipswich Borough Transport Leyland Atlantean Roe AN68 1/R number 6, view towards back of the museum

The Ipswich Transport Museum is a museum in Ipswich, Suffolk, England devoted principally to the history of transport and engineering objects made or used in its local area.

The museum collection was commenced by the Ipswich Transport Preservation Group in 1965. In 1988 it obtained use of its present premises, the old Priory Heath trolleybus depot in Cobham Road, and has been opened to the public since 1995.

Its collection of more than 100 large objects includes trams, trolley- and motor-buses from Ipswich Corporation Transport, the Eastern Counties Omnibus Company and other local operators; commercial vehicles; fire apparatus; mobile cranes; bicycles; biers; horse-drawn vehicles; prams; and wheelchairs. There is a good representation of the Ipswich manufacturers Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies and Ransomes & Rapier and of electric vehicles.

Local rail and waterway transport and aviation are represented mainly by photographic collections and smaller exhibits. The Museum also houses an archive and library together with costume and ticket collections.

The Museum is a registered charity, and is normally open to visitors on Sundays (11am to 4pm) from April to November; and on weekday afternoons during school holidays (1pm to 4pm). It also organises occasional events including the annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Run for vintage vehicles on the first Sunday in May, from Christchurch Park, Ipswich to the Promenade in Felixstowe.

How to get there[edit]

The museum is located in south east Ipswich. There are brown tourist signs to follow from the A12/14 major junctions, and from Central Ipswich

By Car[edit]

From the A14/A12 Copdock Interchange -

  • Follow signs for Felixstowe and take the first turn off after crossing the Orwell Bridge.
  • From here follow signs for Ipswich (Nacton Road).
  • At the first roundabout take the 3rd Exit (Ransomes Way).
  • At the next roundabout take the 1st Exit (Ransomes Way).
  • At the next roundabout take the 1st Exit (Felixstowe Road).
  • At the next roundabout take the 1st Exit (Felixstowe Road).
  • Just before the traffic lights take a left turn.
  • The museum is located on the right hand side 300m down the road.

From Town Centre, St Margarets Plain

  • Follow Woodbrige Road up the hill and near the top turn into Grimwade Street.
  • Cross the Traffic Lights.
  • Follow the road to the left onto Fore Street.
  • At the first roundabout take the 2nd Exit (Fore Hamlet).
  • Continue along Felixstowe Road until you reach the 3rd set of Traffic Lights.
  • Here take the first right (Cobham Road) not the 2nd onto (Kings Way).
  • The museum is located on the right hand side 300m down the road.

By Train and Bus[edit]

Travel by train to Ipswich Rail Station. You can use bus service 4 (Mon - Sat) from the station forecourt to Felixstowe Road/Kingsway junction (approx. 5 mins walk). Alternatively take any bus from the railway station to Ipswich Town Centre. Service 77 (daily) from the Old Cattle Market bus station passes the museum in Cobham Road. Occasionally the summer open top hop on hop off service also passes the museum. The museum also provides occasional free connecting buses on certain (but not all) special event days. Details of these are normally posted on their website. Local bus operator websites or suffolkonboard.com offer more detailed information.

Collection[edit]

The collection started 50 years ago with just one bus (an Eastern Counties Dennis Ace), and has grown into a most comprehensive selection of objects. Exhibits include trams, trolleybuses, motorbuses, lorries, fire engines, horse drawn vehicles, bicycles, prams, ambulances, a police car, and even a funeral hearse. The collection is supported by a variety of small exhibits, display material and ephemera.

The museum also houses the Ipswich Engineering Collection, which includes many items from well known companies including Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies, Ransomes and Rapier, Cranes, Reavell and Cocksedge. The display includes cranes, fork lift trucks, lawnmowers and agricultural equipment.

A Cambridge horse tram previously with Bath Tramways and then Bradford and Shelf Tramways, horse drawn Co-op bread van and Co-op coal truck manufactured by Morrisons are currently under restoration.

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ipswich Transport Museum (2005). Museum Guide. 
  • "The Ipswich Transport Museum". Vintage Roadscene 99: 57–8. Jan–Feb 2008. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°02′26″N 1°11′48″E / 52.040492°N 1.196544°E / 52.040492; 1.196544