Bridge Trust Helps Restore Historic Medway Bus

Philip Gates, Richard Bourne and Bob Ratcliffe, of the Friends of Chatham Traction, have been inspecting the restoration of the Gardner engine which will power a restored 1939 Bristol K5G double-deck busregistered GKE 68.

Work on the historic engine, being undertaken at Tivoli Manufacturing, Chartham, has been supported by a £4,500 community grant from Rochester Bridge Trust.

The Friends of Chatham Traction are intending to restore the bus to full working order and celebrate the role of The Chatham& District Traction Company as a key transport provider in Medway along former tram routes from 1930 to 1955.

The bus being restored, one of 37 similar buses, spent its entire service life working from a Luton depot. It was withdrawn from service by Maidstone & District in 1955.

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