VIDEO: Next stop the Trolleybus Museum

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Trolleybus enthusiasts and families turned out in droves to make today’s Sandtoft Gathering one the best ever.

The sun shone as hundreds flocked to the Isle of Axholme museum which houses the biggest collection of trolleybuses in the world.

An enthusiast admiring some of the vintage buses at Sandtoft Gathering

An enthusiast admiring some of the vintage buses at Sandtoft Gathering

The gathering is their biggest event of the year and director Tony Ferris said: “The response has been absolutely fantastic. We’re having the best Gathering we’ve had in years.”

Around 120 classic vehicles, including 40 buses, turned up - some of them without prior notice - to create a huge display for visitors to admire. One of them was a couple who brought their MG Midget sports car from Surrey for the event.

An hour after opening about 800 visitors had paid their admission and Mr Ferris was predicting well over a 1,000 for the day.

“I think this is by far the biggest we’ve had. I sent out lots of entry forms but I didn’t expect so many vehicles as this. The weather has obviously helped.”

A fleet of nine trolleybuses from the museum’s fleet took it in turn to ferry visitors round the museum site and a six motor buses were giving passengers free tours of the Isle throughout the day.

Old buses were also bringing visitors from Doncaster transport interchange and taking them back after their outing.

“Some people like to come by train and hop on one of our buses and others don’t have their own transport so it’s a lovely way to get here,” said Tony.

Today’s event is the 43rd since the museum was created on the old airfield site at Sandtoft.

Other attractions included the vintage bicycle museum, transport bazaar, an old pre-fab bungalow as it was in the 1950s, and a real ale tent.

The next big event at the museum is the Blues and Twos event for classic emergency vehicles on August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Today’s event is open until 5pm.