Open Day 11 Sept
Our third annual open day seems to have turned
out to be a success.
There had been some confusion over the organisation of this
year's events, with the town centre manager apparently having
taken over from the Civic Trust. Also a number of venues that
had opened in previous years chhose not to do so this year, but
we don't know why this is.
We opened on Saturday 11th Sept from 12-4pm at Lakes Rd, with 5
other venues also putting an effort into the afternoon. We ran a
free half hourly bus from Lakes Rd through town to the Helena
We estimate that over 100 people visited Lakes Rd to see what we
get up to, buy refreshments, check out the sales stand, and have
a look around. The free bus also recorded at least 100
passengers on the 9 trips.
The sales stand sold £57.35 of stock, the raffle took £24, the
refreshments took £29.10, a £12 donation was received, and 3 new
members joined. At least 2 members offered to get actively
involved as volunteers so we will have to make an effort to
welcome them into the fold and encourage them to make the best
of their talents.
Workington Transport Heritage Trust joins in
Heritage Open Days
In connection with Heritage Open Days the Trust is opening
its Lakes Road depot to the public on Saturday 11th September from 12 to
4pm. This is a rare opportunity for visitors to look behind the doors of the
town's transport preservation group. Buses and fire engines from both the
Trust's and private collections will be on show, along with displays,
refreshments and sales stand.
A free heritage bus service will link venues in town, leaving Lakes Road
every 30 minutes from 12 to 4pm, travelling via Derwent Drive, Station Rd &
Oxford St. Buses return from Helena Thompson Museum's bus layby from 12.10
The Trust's depot is on the right just over the level crossing on Lakes
The Trust is always on the look-out for active volunteers to help it to
develop its services to the community. If you are interested in finding out
more, please come along and see what we have to offer - and not all jobs
involve getting your hands dirty!
Community champions award
The Trust wins a community champions award for its
boxing day bus service
Leyland National factory anniverary
Saturday 20th February marks the 40th anniversary
of the start of construction of the Leyland National factory at
Lillyhall. Prime Minister Harold Wilson unveiled a commemorative
bench mark, which is still on site, to record this historic event.
The factory was set up to build a completely new type of bus. The
National was designed as a complete "integral" bus which, at the
time, was an unusual concept as chassis and body were generally
built by different makers. Learning from the production methods of
car makers, the factory was designed to produce up to 2000 buses a
year - 8 every working day - using production line techniques.
Over 7,500 Nationals were produced at the factory. A good number of
these have now been preserved, though very few now remain in
service. Other models were developed up until the collapse of the
Leyland empire and eventual closure of the factory in 1993.
Workington Transport Heritage Trust already has a collection of
three National buses, plus a Lynx, which followed after National
production ceased. One of our aims is to gather a representative
collection of vehicles built at the factory. This will help to mark
Workington's contribution to bus (and train) manufacturing, for all
the world to see.