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

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

Registered Charity No. 1102725

© Workington Transport Heritage Trust 2014

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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.

Donations

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.

Welcome

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.

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."