Since its formation in 1997, 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.
Some of our vehicles are maintained to Class 6 MoT standards and are used on day trips. They are also available for hire locally.
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, staffing our shop at Workington railway station, 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.
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 voluntary charitable organisation and rely heavily 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 extended restoration is Cumberland’s oldest preserved National GRM 353L which is expected to be unveiled to the public on Easter Sunday 2017 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 Leyland Olympian DBV 134W, which is its first double decker acquired in 2015. This ex Smiths of Marple bus spent some time working for Stagecoach in Cumbria.
Trips and events
We start 2017 with a programme of trips, park and rides, visits to local rallies – and hopefully another beer festival!
Our first outing is a trip in one of our heritage buses to Glasgow on Saturday 25th 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 only £10 for adults, or £8 for children.
See our events page for dates and details of all of our trips and events.
Railway Station Shop
Now open 6 days a week, our fundraising shop on Workington railway station is staffed by a small dedicated team of volunteers from 8.20am to 5.20pm Mondays to Saturdays. but we could always use more volunteers to help spread the load.
This sells hot and cold drinks, light refreshments, mementos and books. If you are passing through the station, please call in to see us and buy something for the journey.
Come along on one of our trips, or have a look under the “Join Us” heading for a membership application form.