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Bexleyheath bus finds new home over 100 miles away

PUBLISHED: 11:15 04 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:15 04 August 2016

The East Anglia Transport Museum, based in Carlton Colville, Suffolk is home to some Bexley busses from days gone by. Photo Credit: Derek Smith

The East Anglia Transport Museum, based in Carlton Colville, Suffolk is home to some Bexley busses from days gone by. Photo Credit: Derek Smith

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Busses from the 1940s and 50s are now part of a transport museum

A transport museum in Suffolk has taken in a statement of Bexley transport from over 70 years ago.

Route 696, was first introduced in 1939 and was based at the bus depot in Erith Road, Bexleyheath, but when the end of the London Trolleybus came, the iconic bus was transported to France.

There it was held in Paris for display in the city’s transport museum.

But after the museum decided to remove the exhibit, the bus returned to the UK, not to Bexleyheath, but to a Suffolk village.

The East Anglia Transport Museum in Carlton Colville now holds the trolleybus.

Transport enthusiast Derek Smith praised the busses return.

He said: “Growing up in the 50s I had travelled on the 696 routes many times and the memories of those trips came flooding back when I took my seat on the upper deck of the is 70-seater giant.

“The only thing missing was the smell of cigarette smoke! Although I’m not sure I needed it to remind me of rainy days in Bexleyheath Broadway.”

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