Preserving the transport heritage of Workington and the surrounding area

 Trust Update – 1st January 2021

We hope that you had a good Christmas and are looking forward to a positive New Year.

Our shop at Workington railway station is closed again – for now! 

We are now working on our programme of activities for 2021 – look at our Events page for updates. Sadly the Easter Kirkby Stephen bus rally will not run in 2021, nor will the Stagecoach depot open day at Carlisle planned for Spring bank holiday Saturday.

Take a look at our Carlisle tram page detailing the latest moves of the wooden body of the last remaining Carlisle tram.

2021 anniversaries

It will be the 100th anniversary of Cumberland Motor Services. Expansion of Whitehaven Motor Services, established in 1912, to cover a greater area led to the change in name.

Our Dodge fire engine was first registered in 1981; it will celebrate its 40th birthday on 1st April.

Our touring coach N214 HWX will still be going strong celebrating its 25th year.

It will be 20 years since we had our first model rail exhibition – at Stainburn School.

It was 15 years ago on 1st February 2006 that we bought National GRM 353L.

Also bought in 2006 on 1st April was the Dennis fire pump trailer rescued from a scrapyard in Ulverston and restored by then late Jim Harkness.

The 28th July will mark 15 years since the official closure of Corus rail mill.

The new Workington (Main) railway station was opened 135 years ago in 1886.

Workington bus station was officially opened 95 years ago in 1926.

It is 5 years since we acquired Barrow National CEO 720W. It had to be sold by its previous owning group as they were told the building housing it was to be demolished imminently. It is still standing.

 Allerdale and Lakeland Lottery

This new lottery had its first weekly draw on 19th December 2020, giving players the chance to win up to £25,000, with smaller prizes also available. There is a 1 in 50 chance of a win.

Nominate WTHT as your chosen charity and we get a percentage of your ticket price.  Please take a look at

Our Lillyhall Home

In September 2018 we moved our main operations to what we hope will be a permanent home at Lillyhall Industrial Estate on the outskirts of Workington. We enjoyed the 5 years that we spent at our previous “temporary”  home at the old fire station in Workington, and are grateful to the County Council for their generosity in giving us this opportunity.

We have applied for planning permission for a building to provide covered accommodation to give improved maintenance & office facilities for our fleet. It will then provide a base for our outreach and educational activities where we take our heritage vehicles out into the community to meet our public.

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.

We have buses that were built by Leyland in Workington or operated by Cumberland Motor Services and Stagecoach. We give a home to fire appliances, large and small, with local connections.

We normally attend a number of local events and open days. Our vehicles attend local rallies and shows including those at Distington, Cockermouth, Keswick, Silloth and Carlisle.

Some of our vehicles are maintained to Class 6 MoT standards and are used on day trips & rail replacement; they are also available for hire locally.

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 Bus Developments

Ex Cumberland Leyland National CHH 210T was repainted into poppy red livery in 2015. In the same year our ex Leyland test bus (REV01) National Mark 1 WHH 556S underwent a major refurbishment to keep it roadworthy, and emerged in its original white livery with blue & orange lining. In 2017, after an extended restoration, Cumberland’s oldest preserved National GRM 353L was unveiled to the public.

Ex Barrow National Mark 2 is currently having its engine reassembled and tested in Lancashire after repairs to a gearbox oil leak did not go quite to plan. It is maintained to class 6 MoT standard after a long and detailed restoration by its previous owners based in Barrow.

In February 2020 our friends at Stagecoach in Cumbria kindly donated Jonckheere bodied Volvo B10 S797 KRM. This was formerly used on X4/X5 services from Workington to Penrith. Latterly used on school runs, it became surplus at the end of 2019.

Then in September 2020 we acquired R983 XVM, Stagecoach’s Volvo B10 training bus which had become surplus to requirements.