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Aachen [DE] - Restoration concept for the only remainder Anderthalbdecker

K. Budach - 10.07.17

The only remaining example of the German
"Anderthalbdecker"-trolleybus is ex-ASEAG Aachen no. 22. It was withdrawn on 10 October 1972 and was donated to the British Trolleybus Society soon afterwards. The project to preserve this vehicle followed correspondence and discussions between Dave Chick and the late Gert Aberson earlier that year. ASEAG wanted the vehicle removed very quickly and it arrived in the UK on 29 November 1972, being accommodated at the Great Yarmouth bus depot until 8 March 1973 when it went to the East Anglia Transport Museum, before transferring to Sandtoft on 20 May 1973.

The BTS is building a fund to pay for major restoration work to be carried out on 22. The possibility of having this work carried out abroad is being investigated. The wish of BTS is to start restoration within the next year or two and I would expect work to take between one and two years.

More than 800 Anderthalbdecker ('one-and-a-half deck buses') were built by the German company Gebr. Ludewig in Essen between 1955 and 1976. Some additional examples built the company Vetter in Fellbach in the 1960s and between 1976 and 1988. 25 of them were trolleybuses (22 Ludewig and 3 Vetter) and operated in the German cities of Wuppertal, Osnabrück, Aachen and Hildesheim.

One of the attached photos shows 22 soon after arrival at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft and the other was taken recently.
Pictures taken by Dave Chick

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