Preserving the transport heritage of Workington and the surrounding area

Boxing Day free buses

After a gap of several years, we are back in 2023 with an hourly free service using two of our heritage buses running hourly from Whitehaven to St Bees reliving the Cumberland Motor Services route 20.

Departures from Whitehaven Lowther St hourly from 9.05am to 4.05pm. return from St Bees hourly from 9.35am to 4.35pm. Full printable timetable at the link below.

Boxing Day buses Whitehaven to St Bees

Leyland National 52

After 2 successful events, we are doing it yet again! LN52 will be on May Day bank holiday weekend Sat/Sun 4/5th May 2024. Booking form here as a word doc or here as a pdf.  Contact if you are interested in joining us at Whitehaven harbour.

Allerdale and Lakeland Lottery

This lottery gives 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

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 from 1st April 2024: £15 Unwaged £10 Family £20

Our 28 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.

2023 anniversaries

  • It was 50 years ago on 19th February 1973 that our oldest Leyland National GRM 353L was registered. It was new to Cumberland Motor Services.
  • It is 45 years since our National WHH 556S was registered on 1st March 1978.
  • 35 years ago on 28th March 1988, Volvo acquired Leyland Bus.
  • 20 years ago on 11th April, ex county and Iggesund Dodge fire engine NHH 855W first entered our leased Lakes Road shed.
  • 15 years ago in 2008, we acquired Lynx F251 JRM from Stagecoach Busways  (28th March) and moved into Pottery Field yard (1st July).