Preserving the transport heritage of Workington and the surrounding area

Boxing Day Buses

In 2017 our volunteers are taking a rest from running our free heritage Boxing Day buses – but we may be back again in 2018! We are grateful to all who have supported us over the 12 or so years that we have run them.

Our buses have linked communities on  a day when normal public transport traditionally did not run. But in recent years Stagecoach has run a modified Sunday service on 26th December. Find out more at

WTHT background

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. See more information here.


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, 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.

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.

Heritage Buses in West Cumbria

The old fire station on King Street close to Workington town centre 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.

In a change of plan, the Trust’s Leyland Olympian DBV 134W, which is its first double decker acquired in 2015, is now up for sale as we will not have the facilities to restore it. This ex Smiths of Marple bus spent some time working for Stagecoach in Cumbria.

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.