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-
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.
Boxing Day Buses
"Our most ambitious Boxing Day service yet went exceedingly well in 2014. We ran 2 buses on service 30 after Stagecoach decided not to run their 30s.
With 3 buses in service plus a spare we were kept busy all day, getting a record 719 passenger journeys (579 last year). Some of these people stayed on buses for more than 1 trip, but only got recorded once.
13 volunteer drivers & couriers contributed 90 hours on the day, in addition to all the preparation work. The buses covered a total of 540 miles, with no lost mileage.
There were a number of enthusiasts around including a lad from Wakefield who said he'd enjoyed the day, and one from Barrow Transport group who took a turn driving 251.
Yes there were a couple of hiccups. 210 suffered from damp whilst parked at Whitehaven over Christmas. A jump start from 779 got things under way, though the first service from the hospital was 25 minutes late.
Later on in the afternoon 556 developed an electrical fault arriving into Workington from Maryport 15 minutes down. Substituting 779 got the service under way again for the last return run to the hospital. We later rescued 556 with a jump start from 210.
And there was a potential problem with 2 drivers falling ill, but this was overcome.
Star performer on the day was definitely Lynx F251 JRM which just kept going and was a pleasure to drive.
Our thanks to Stagecoach, Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumberland Building Society, Cumbria County Council and local parish and town councils for their ongoing support for this community service.
Grateful thanks also to all who helped out on the day, and to those who travelled on the buses.
If anyone has comments or suggestions for 2015, eg about loadings, timings, routes, or potential problems, please let us know through our Contact page."