Welcome to the website for the Crowland Buffalo LVT Association
The association has been set up with the ambition to restore Buffalo 47 to full working order with the longer term goal of building a museum to house it.
The story starts in 1947. Following a number of storms and the thaw from an exceptionally cold winter, Crowland Low Wash as it is known close to the town of Crowland in Lincolnshire began to overflow one of its banks causing a breach. Large areas of nearby farmland were flooded and World War II amphibious vehicles known as Buffalo Landing Vehicles, Tracked, or LVTs were brought in to help seal the breach. You can read more on the history section of the website.
If you would like to read more about our volunteers and how you can contribute to the project please visit our support page.
The recovery of the Buffalo starts in 2018. Daniel Abbott the chairman for the Crowland Buffalo LVT Association was at the time working on a project to save the last red telephone box* in the town of Crowland.
Daniel was asked by two people, Councillor Bryan Alcock and Philip Green to look into the 1947 floods. There had been rumours in the town for many years that some of the Buffalos remained in and around the breach but this had never been confirmed.
In January 2019 Daniel started researching and he was amazed at the amount of memories and photographs there were still around after all these years. Daniel knew then that some of the Buffalos must still be buried in the ground, all he had to do now was find one…
The timber Buffalo
Work has started to make a scaled display model of Buffalo 47. All wood being used is reclaimed and the replica is being built using the plans of the British version of LVT4. One of the first events we hope…
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone who has supported us this year. Including:
Creating the museum
Here at the Buffalo headquarters, we are building up items to go on show to the public in a museum in the coming years. Daniel Abbott chairman of the association says: “The museum will be focused on the fenland floods…
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Your support is appreciated.
Please don’t try to visit the Buffalo without contacting the team first. It is currently stored on private land and due to health and safety reasons, we can not allow visitors on site without prior permission. Thank you.
The advertising on this site is done by our host, we don’t have any influence over it. As we wanted all the funding to go into the restoration of the Buffalo itself we don’t pay anything for the hosting.
*The red telephone box was saved by a committee, including Daniel and councillors Nigel Pepper and Jim Astel who raised money to have it refurbished and replaced. It is now located at a central location in the village.
If you would like to support the restoration click here to find out how you can.