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The Friends of Chatham Traction launch appeal to save town's sole surviving traction bus

By Medway Messenger reporter

An appeal for cash to complete the restoration of Chatham’s sole surviving traction bus is being launched today.

The bus, which was recovered in 2002, belonged to The Chatham & District Traction Company and formed part of a fleet that ran services over the former tram routes in the Medway Towns from 1930 to 1955.

This year’s 75@75 appeal marks the bus’ 75th birthday and its restorers hope public pledges from £7.50 to £7,500 will allow them to complete the work including the internal fit out.

Chatham's sole surviving traction bus at work in the 1930s
The bus is being stripped back and rebuilt

When finished, the bus will be used as a mobile classroom to show how working lives, transport and leisure have changed since the 1930s.

Friends of Chatham Traction will be joined by Medway Cllr Howard Doe to launch the appeal at Chatham Waterfront Bus Station in Globe Lane today.

In addition to raising funds we are also looking for memories of the bus from those that may have worked on it or travelled on it when they were younger.

Donations can be made via the website at www.chathamtraction.org.uk or by post to: 75@75 Appeal, 33 Caxton End, Bourn, Cambridge CB23 2SS.

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