Preserving the transport heritage of Workington and the surrounding area


Coronavirus Update – 18th October 2020

Thank you for your ongoing support for our efforts.

We are pleased to announce that our shop at Workington railway station is now back open, selling hot & cold drinks and light refreshments. Our volunteers are open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.

The shop is now able to take contactless card payments (minimum £1 transaction). Please call in if you are catching a train.

Sadly our trips programme for the rest of 2020 has been cancelled because of ongoing uncertainties on travel restrictions and local lockdowns.

We have no events planned for 2020, but look forward to a more productive 2021!

We are working on updating our site with an Environmental page added, members page updated and other pages being revised to reflect our current vehicle collection.

Stagecoach changes in West Cumbria from Monday 2nd November 2020.

Bus timetables, routes, and route numbers are changing in the Workington, Whitehaven and Maryport areas. See if your journey is affected by looking 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.

This site is currently being developed, with plans for covered accommodation now at an advanced stage. This will 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.

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 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.