Preserving the transport heritage of Workington and the surrounding area

Our New 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 will be developed to provide covered accommodation and 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 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. 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 Buses in West Cumbria

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 recently gained a class 6 MoT after a long and detailed restoration by its previous owners based in Barrow.  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.

Further into the future, the Trust’s Leyland Olympian DBV 134W, which is its first double decker acquired in 2015, will be given the treatment to tidy up its bodywork and get it back on the road. This ex Smiths of Marple bus was new to Ribble and subsequently spent some time working for Stagecoach in Cumbria.

Railway Station Shop

Currently open 5 days a week, our fundraising shop on Workington railway station is staffed by a small dedicated team of volunteers. We try to open at least from 9am to 2pm Mondays & Tuesdasys, then 9am to 4.30pm on Weds, Thus & Fridays. We are currently closed on Saturdays during train conductors’ ongoing strike action. We could always use more volunteers to help spread the load!

The shop 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. You can also pick up a leaflet and book for day trips in our touring coach (2019 leaflet available soon). Tickets are only £12 (£10 for under 16s), and destinations include Beamish, Glasgow, Liverpool & York. See the Events page for forthcoming trips.

Come along on one of our trips, or have a look under the “Join Us” heading for a membership application form.