A BUS enthusiast single-handedly renovating a historic Bradford trolleybus has told of its "beautiful" appearance following two more years of work.

Restorer Peter Price feels a huge amount of progress has been made on the project which protects the district's transport heritage.

The Bradford 758 double deck vehicle was built in 1950 and first used by the public a year later.

It was the last rear-entrance, open platform trolleybus to operate, not only in Bradford, but also the UK before it was taken out of service in March 1972.

It's been a rocky few years for the project as plans were scuppered by the revelation that a lot more work was needed than originally expected.

And, while the project adds another year to its tally, the top deck is almost complete apart from the floor covering and the outside of the bus is now painted blue in full gloss.

The former bus worker is hoping to fit new windows and surrounding rubber this year as well as re-upholstering the seats with the new cloth.

Mr Price, who took on the challenge back in 2008, told the Telegraph & Argus: "It's interesting to look back on older photos. I was looking at some of the pictures in 2008 when I was doing the front and it was partly rotten then.

"I'm very proud of the work I've done, particularly the paint work.

"I really enjoy doing the paint, it's very satisfying to see the finish.

"There's a lot of fiddly preparation work to do. We've got to have careful preparation."

This year, the 75-year-old is hoping to finish the upper deck and fit the new seats.

The length of the renovation is in part due to his commitment to fixing up other buses at Keighley Bus Museum.

He stopped working on the Bradford vehicle to work on a 1949 Belfast trolleybus.

"I've tried to keep all my customers happy," Mr Price explained.

Members of the Bradford Trolleybus Association charity launched a £35,000 fundraiser back in 2016 for a restoration estimated to cost £60,000.

Once fully restored, the vehicle will then return to The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft in Doncaster, where it will be fully functioned and used to transport visitors around the attraction.

Mr Price said: "The most important thing is to preserve our transport heritage. I love the work anyway. It's very satisfying.

"I’m doing it all by myself and I really enjoy it."

Anyone who wants to contribute to the restoration project can contact Gary Wilkinson at g.d.wilkinson@btinternet.com.