What is the inBUSclub?
The ”inBUSclub” is an association that aims at safeguarding, preserving
and promoting transportation and communications systems within the
historical, political and economical context in which these operated
through the salvage, study, restoration and exhibition of vehicles and
related memorabilia and also by organising cultural events such as rallies,
meetings, exhibitions and conferences.
As from 1998, when the renewal of Trieste’s bus fleet started, the problem
of saving the old buses that had served the city for many years from scrap
came into being. Some of these machines had technical and bodywork
characteristics that made them unique pieces, specially made for service
in Trieste. The best examples are the Fiat 418 and the Fiat 416 with
Desimon bodywork, with the front entrance door placed behind the forward
axle to protect the driver’s cab (which was already on the left) from the
strong gusts of Bora wind. Or the surviving Menarini buses from the Muggia
transport board, which was independent until 1977, when the ACT consortium
was set up.
Thanks to the help of the directorate of the Azienda Consorziale Trasporti
at first, and then of Trieste Trasporti S.p.A., this salvage operation was
possible, guaranteeing the preservation and promotion of the vehicles.
At present the main activity of the Association is aimed at preserving and
restoring these machines, but we intend to extend this activity also to
other forms of transport such as trams, trucks and trolleybuses.
Most of the preserved vehicles belonged to the local transport company and
have structural characteristics that distinguish them from the standard
Italian national production buses. Nonetheless the transport preservation
activity has brought to the salvage of vehicles from different parts of
the region and from other cities in Northern Italy, Thanks to the constant
collaboration of Trieste Trasporti S.p.A. it has been possible to store
these in a protected, but at the same time accessible area.
Our main concerns regard the preservation of those vehicles that are
stored outdoors exposed to the elements; we pay great attention and
welcome any suggestions, help and cooperation aimed at finding an indoor
facility for storing these “fragments of history” of local public