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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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.

Heritage Buses in West Cumbria

WTHT has a lease on the old fire station on King Street close to Workington town centre.

This is home to a number of the Trust's preserved buses, and is our base for restoration of our vehicles. Ex Cumberland Leyland National CHH 210T was refurbished into Poppy Red in 2015 as was ex Leyland test bus National Mark 1 WHH 556S. Currently under restoration is Cumberland's oldest preserved National GRM 353L which is expected to be unveiled to the public on Easter Sunday at the Kirkby Stephen rally.

Next in line is ex Cumberland National Mark 2 KHH 378W which was the first bus preserved by the Trust but currently suffering from a gearbox oil leak and several corroded window pans.

This will be followed by the Trust's recently acquired Olympian DBV 134W, and it's first double decker. This ex Smiths of Marple bus spent some time working for Stagecoach in Cumbria.

Trips and events

We start 2016 with a programme of trips, toy fairs, free bus services, park and rides, visits to local rallies - and a beer festival!

Our first outing is a trip in one of our heritage buses to Glasgow on Sunday 28th February for Model Rail Scotland at the SECC. With local pick-ups around West Cumbria from 7.30am we should be at the SECC soon after the show opens. Or you can just join us for a shopping trip. Departure from Glasgow will be around 5pm. Travel is free, but we'll always be grateful for donations towards our work.

See our events page for dates and details of other trips and events.

Railway Station Shop

We have a fundraising shop on Workington railway station which is staffed by volunteers most mornings Monday to Saturday, but we could always use more volunteers to help spread the load and extend the opening hours.

This sells light refreshments, mementos and books. If you are passing through the station, please call in to see us and buy something for the journey.

Join Us

We have opportunities for volunteers in a range of fields such as newsletter preparation, fundraising, driving, fundraising, vehicle restoration, fundraising, archive cataloguing and maintenance, fundraising, site maintenance - and fundraising!

Come along on one of our trips, or have a look under the "Join Us" heading for a membership application form.