Registered Office:  22 Calva Road, Seaton, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 1DF

Registered in England as a  limited company (No. 04767337)

Registered Charity No. 1102725

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Registered Charity No: 1102725            Company No: 04767337

Workington Transport Heritage Trust

“Preserving & protecting Cumbria’s transport heritage”

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Preserving the transport heritage of Workington and the surrounding area.

Since its formation in 1996, the Trust and its members have developed their collection of locally important buses, fire appliances and other vehicles. Currently housed at two sites, these are used at a variety of community events.

Although we set out to create a “rail and bus based visitor centre” - we have ended up with buses, fire appliances, and other vehicles, but no railway vehicles - yet! This has been down to what has been available to buy or what has been offered for donation.

We have buses that were built by Leyland in Workington or operated by Cumberland Motor Services.

We give a home to fire appliances, large and small, with local connections.

We run a number of events and open days. Our vehicles attend local rallies and shows including those at Distington, Cockermouth, Keswick and Carlisle.

We have a short lease on Workington’s old fire station which allows us to display our archives and some vehicles. Here we also plan to run some open days in 2014.

Join Us

We have volunteering opportunities in all aspects of restoring, maintaining and driving vehicles. Also in buildings and site maintenance, cataloguing & running our archive, producing educational materials, running trips and events, and fundraising. 

If you are interested in getting involved, please feel free to contact us or download the Membership Application.

Subscriptions run from 1st April to 31st March, but anyone joining in January, February or March has their membership extended until April of the following year.

Rates are:

Adults £10 Unwaged £7 Family £14 Corporate £25

Our 24 page quarterly newsletter Wheels and Tracks  is published in January, April, July and October.

Please send your completed form and cheque (payable to WTHT) to Membership Secretary Jim Osborn at 23 Harringdale, High Harrington, Workington CA14 4NU.


We are a completely charitable organisation and rely purely upon donations from our members and supporters. We would be very grateful if you could make a small donation to our cause.


Built in Workington day, Sunday 19th July 2015.

This new event is designed to celebrate the thousands of vehicles built at Leyland's Lillyhall factory through the 1970s and 1980s. It encourages enthusiasts and their Workington-built vehicles to visit West Cumbria.

We have booked the Energus site at Lillyhall as it is big enough to accommodate lots of visiting vehicles and has decent indoor facilities for traders and visitors.

We hope to have Nationals, Lynxes, Olympians, Royal Tiger Doyens and more. And other makes of vehicle will also be made very welcome.

Organiser Ian Dunn already has a number of vehicles booked. He says that the idea is based on  the North West Vehicle Restoration Trust's similar themed day at their Kirkby, Merseyside, depot.

And anyone wanting a trade stand to sell models, books, transport bits and pieces - or raise money for a charitable cause - is encouraged to come along.

Ian has set up a website to promote the event and invites anyone who would like to help develop it to contact him at

Planning for our future

We aim to open a museum, in the next few years, to house our vehicles and artefacts plus several privately owned buses and make them more accessible to the public.

Our vehicles include a number of buses, fire engines and other vehicles some of which are used in community events. Volunteers are engaged in restoring, maintaining and operating these historic vehicles. The Trust has a shop & mini-museum at Workington station selling refreshments, souvenirs, etc. It is now located on the left just outside the main waiting room & open Mon-Sat from around 10am to 1pm (if volunteers are available) with proceeds going towards the Trust.

We have established an events programme making our activities self funding whilst building up a financial reserve for the future. Our aim is to build up a visitor attraction in Workington helping to promote more employment, training and volunteering opportunities.