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Guy BTX60 "Happy Harold"

Affectionately known as Happy Harold this historic vehicle is undergoing major surgery and will be fully roadworthy and continue to make appearances in the Hastings area and carry lucky members of the public. For those that don't know Hastings, that's not Hastings Castle in the background, its the East Hill Lift.

 

The Hastings Trolleybus Restoration Group is a small band of volunteers dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Hastings Trolleybuses (Trolleybuses were trackless trams - electric vehicles, running on normal roads on pneumatic tyres and drawing their current from twin wires suspended above the vehicles - the Hastings system was 500 volts DC - The Trolleybus system in Hastings, St.Leonards and Bexhill followed on the abandonment of the trams in 1928/29 and closed in 1959.

There are only four known survivors of the system and the oldest and rarest of these belongs to Hastings Borough Council and is being maintained and operated by the Hastings Trolleybus Restoration Group. 1928 Guy BTX with body by Christopher Dodson this unique vehicle is shown here at Hastings Fishmarket in November 2000. Right from new, purpose built open-top double deck trolleybuses were unique to Hastings and ours is the survivor of only 8 that were ever built. The electric motor was replaced by a Commer TS3 diesel in 1959/60 and the bus has been running on that ever since.

Click here for footage of Trolleybus first day of service in 1928 in Hastings

Hastings Trolleybus Restoration Group's Bus Gathering is traditionally held on the third Sunday in May each year, and admission is free.The 2017 event, our twenty-fifth, will be held on Sunday May 21st on the Oval in Hastings. more >>


Ostend 2009 Happy Harold goes to Belgium!

The group survives almost entirely on voluntary contributions and we are urgently seeking new members and sponsors so that our restoration and preservation work can continue. please do remember us if you win the lottery.

 

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