In 2016 the Museum was donated a rare early model of a Trolley Accumulator (trolley-acc) used in the Second World War to turn over aircraft engines. Unfortunately, on presentation, it was in very poor condition, the chassis was heavily rusted, requiring new parts to be made and the lid for the wooden battery box and the generator set were missing.
David Hughes, one of the Museum’s engineers took on the renovation project and contacted the RAF Museum, Cosford to obtain photographs and dimensions of the missing parts. These were quickly provided and after contact was made with the local Highbury College they agreed to take on the task of manufacturing the battery box lid and a new box frame. David fortunately found a generator set with its J.A.P. engine in the Museum’s reserve collection. The engine was stripped down and following a rebuild started first time.
The final task was to repaint the completed trolley accumulator. When it arrived it was light green in colour but on rubbing down the paint was found to be a pale blue colour, thought by the Museum to be the colour of early RAF ground support equipment.
The refurbished trolley accumulator is now on display in the Museum’s Merston Hall.