You can see what we do and who we are on our website if you wish:
We are a vehicle restoration group based in South Wales, we have the only 2 very rare vehicles, our double decker, Cardiff 262 is the only remaining welsh built trolleybus left in the world! and our singe decker, Cardiff 243 is the last 3 axle single deck trolleybus built in the UK, so, as you see, they are very unique. A couple of days ago we almost lost them forever in a barn fire, the barn next to where we store and restore the vehicles was full with 1500 bales of hay, and it caught alight in the early hours. The hay barn was totally destroyed, and our barn was extremely badly damaged with fire and water damage. The motorbus which was being stored there was totally destroyed, and the 2 trolleybuses were damaged but thankfully can be restored but only if we get help with money to restore them and hopefully get them running again...a piece of history in "as new" condition.
The group is entirely volunteer based, we receive no funding whatsoever, no government grants etc, we self fund by going the events and shows in the summer months, selling toys, books etc, but all our stock of toys, models, books etc were all destroyed in the fire, along with our 2 gazebo's, so we are desperate to get funding, as we need to pay rent for the place in which we store the vehicles, we need money for raw materials, tools which have been destroyed in the fire and we may even need to relocate the trolleybuses to a new secure location.
As you can see we are in a truly desperate situation, all our means of self funding and the project surviving have been destroyed, we have been going for over 19 years, and we want to restore these 2 trolleybuses so as not to let any more history be destroyed and forgotten!
Enough history today is being destroyed, forgotten and erased to make way for "modern" life, and it's heartbreaking to see it happen.....we need to remember our history, and it's the same with transport history, Trolleybuses were vital, and much loved and fondly remembered, please help us protect and restore this little, but vital part of transport history. Our aim is £3,000, but any amount will be truly appreciated.
Thank you for reading this....we hope you help us, even a small amount will mean the world to us all
- David Milner
- Richard Wenner
- Allan Morse
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