Coronavirus update – 12th June 2020
Thank you for your ongoing support for our efforts.
Our shop on Workington railway station continues to be closed until further notice.
Local train and bus services are now getting back to a normal timetable. The Cumbrian coast railway is now open for its full length. But buses will replace trains between Sellafield and Millom from 21st to 28th June. See Northern Railway website for up-to-date train times.
All of our day trips planned up until August have been cancelled. Travellers already booked on trips have now been fully refunded.
When our vehicles are used on local rail replacement or any other work, we are taking extra steps to keep them clean and disinfected to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. Social distancing rules and signage are being applied.
Many events that we planned to attend in 2020 have been cancelled. Please check on our Events page for further information.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Railway Station Shop
Currently closed, but open 6 days a week in normal times, 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 & Tuesdays, then 9am to 4.30pm on Wednesdays to Saturdays.
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 – look out for an announcement of when they are starting again. Tickets are only £12.50 (£10.50 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.