East Anglia Transport Museum - General Information


East Anglia Transport Museum was founded on its present site in Chapel Road, Carlton Colville in 1965, and opened its doors to members of the public in 1972. Its original aim was the preservation and display of items of purely local transport interest but the scope soon widened and today the Museum houses transport items which are nationwide in origin. It is a live, working Museum where members of the public can not only see, but travel on the vehicles of yesteryear. The Museum is unique in Great Britain in bringing together a working collection, a great variety of vehicles from all fields of transport, whether they are powered by petrol, diesel, steam, electricity or even the horse.

There are at present over forty exhibits including cars, commercial vehicles motor buses, trolleybuses, tram cars and municipal vehicles such as tower wagons and a steam roller. The majority of these vehicles date from before the last war and the aim remains to fully restore all of them and to bring into working condition those which are at present non-runners.

In order to display the vehicles in their historical context we aim to surround them with a street scene of the pre-war era. In addition to all this, there is a narrow gauge railway, which, as well as containing many railway items of historic interest provides an additional attraction and is particularly popular with younger visitors.

Carlton Colville is well served by buses from nearby Lowestoft and is also close to Oulton Broad, the southern most tip of the famous Norfolk Broads.


The East Anglia Transport Museum is at:
Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 8BL
Telephone: 01502 518459
The green pin on the map below shows its location

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