Local history

Medway Council website's local history page  (link updated)

The Wikipedia equivalent. Onward links to Medway's constituent towns and villages.

Bus sites

Dick Gilbert's Classic Buses site. Includes a comprehensive Events diary and huge Links list.

The British Bus Preservation Group site, hosted by Dick Gilbert's site above.

The BBPG rescued GKE 68 in 1991, and the bus is listed on the site amongst their successes.

The M&D and East Kent Bus Club, who have given FoCT much quiet support, not the least through allowing access to their comprehensive photograph archive.

Funding Bodies

National Lottery Heritage Fund 

The Rochester Bridge Trust, who provided a grant for the overhaul of GKE 68’s Gardner engine. See RBT site News entry for 2 October 2012!

Other Medway Historical sites

Jason Ross’s Historic Medway site - some fascinating local stories and facts.

The Kent History Forum. Open forum site with hundreds of fascinating subjects. Big Medway content including some Chatham Traction references. Use with care – you may be there all day!

Chatham Historical Society “bring together those … interested in the history and archaeology of the Medway Towns…”.

Other Organisations who have helped us

The Medway Queen Preservation Society. Medway's much-loved paddler now under restoration.

The Cambria Trust - the organisation that now operates the restored sailing barge Cambria around south-eastern estuaries.

The Aycliffe & District Bus Preservation Society, with a 1942 Bristol K5G amongst their collection. Our friends in the north.

The Isle of Wight Bus Museum at Cowes, with close connections to local operator Southern Vectis. SV have owned and operated a 1939 Bristol K5G from new, and still do so.

The Trust body restoring the 1903 North Eastern Railway “Electric Autocar”. Their objectives are in principle very close to our own.




The story of Medway’s trams is told and illustrated more fully in these two references:

1. The Tramways of Kent Vol.1 – West Kent.  By “Invicta” (edited G.E.Baddeley). ISBN 0948106123 (Softcover). 
Publisher: Light Rail Transit Association, 1992.

2. Maidstone and Chatham Tramways. By Robert J Harley. 
ISBN 1 873793 40 5 (Hardcover).  Publisher: Middleton Press, 1994.

The former has more facts, the second more photographs (and maps).

Views of Chatham’s trams can be seen amongst the photograph and postcard collections of the National Tramway Museum.


Maidstone & District Illustrated Fleet History 1911 – 1995, 2nd edition.  The M&D and East Kent Bus Club, December 1995. (See

Chatham & District 1930-1955 : The Vehicles. Details of Chatham & District buses extracted from the above publication. Includes many illustrations, and a very useful one-page summary listing all vehicles to have run with C&D, including Demonstrators. (

Committee on Road Safety Report to the Minster of Transport - “To consider the accident which occurred at Gillingham on 4th December, 1951”.  Chairman J G Braithwaite.  HMSO June 1952. (The link will provide details of how to obtain a copy of the report.)Nation