Doncaster Corporation No. 375

 

Reg: CDT636

New: 1945

Type: Karrier W trolleybus

Body: Roe H34/28R
Motor: Metrovick MV207A3 85hp

Number 375 was deliver as number 75 in July 1945, painted in a chocolate livery with Park Royal H30/26R body to relaxed utility specification. It was rebodied in March 1955 with its present Roe body and was renumber to 375 around the same time. The original Park Royal body was sold to a scrap dealer near Toll Bar in Doncaster and used for many years as a storage shed. It was later scrapped.

Number 375 was chosen to be Doncaster's last trolleybus, which it duly did on 14th December 1963. Prior to that final day number 375 had been used on various tours prior to closure of the system and was maintained in polished condition y DOLRS members until withdrawal. At that time, Doncaster's then Town Clerk would not allow it to be kept in Doncaster so between 1964 and 1970 it was kept in Stainforth, at the depot of Premier Motors (Harold Wilson Ltd.). From here, DOLRS members kept deterioration at bay. Number 375 had been placed on permanent loan to DOLRS by Doncaster Transport Department at the time and finally passed to outright ownership by DOLRS in 2005. In 1970 number 375 was moved to the newly formed Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft where it still resides today. Upon arrival at The Museum, it was repainted into its 1955 livery. In the early days at The Museum number 375 was one of the regular trolleybus on service at open days and events. However, time took its toll and number 375 is now awaiting a full mechanical and cosmetic overhaul. The DOLRS committee are actively seeking grant aid to assist with this work.

 

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