Ipswich Transport Museum has won Heritage Lottery Fund support to restore historic East Anglian horse-drawn tramcar.
The Ipswich Transport Museum has received £49,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards the restoration of a horse drawn tramcar dating from the 1880s. The tram was used for a short period in Bradford before operating in Cambridge as No.7 from 1894 until 1914. The body of the tram spent over 95 years as a workshop extension to a bungalow, and is believed to be the last surviving East Anglian horse tram. Over a five-year period visitors to the Museum, at the Old Trolleybus Depot in Ipswich, will be able to view progress of the restoration, as the volunteers work to restore the remains of the tramcar to full working order.
Once complete the restoration will enable visitors to the Museum to experience local public transport from the horse tram era, through the times of electric trams and trolleybuses to the motor buses of today.
Ipswich Transport Museum is a volunteer run organisation that aims to preserve and present to the public the transport and engineering heritage of Ipswich and the immediate area. Commenting on the award, Chairman, Tony King, said, “We are delighted to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and are confident that this restoration will enhance the visitor experience at the Museum.”
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