Museum Guide 2002
This working museum four miles north of Arundel, in West Sussex’s South Downs, celebrates its 21st birthday this year. It contains, among other things, a replica Southdown bus garage with a collection of related vehicles, including an ex-Worthing Motor Services Tilling Stevens petrol-electric double-decker of 1914. Ex-Southdown vehicles include an open-top Leyland N-type of the 1920s, Leyland TD1 Titan closed-top double-deckers of 1930 and 1931, and a 1927 Dennis 19-seater single-decker. A Shelvoke & Drewry with replica Tramocar bodywork is also featured. A vintage bus service around the 36 acre site operates throughout the season.
Open: Wednesday-Sunday 10.00-17.00 (closes 18.00), 20 March - 3 November; daily 27 March - 4 April, 29 May - 6 June, 17 July - 8 September, 23 October - 3 November. This year’s annual bus rally takes place on 15 September and the 5-yearly Harrington Gathering is on 23 June.
Admission: £6.75 adults, £6 over 60s, £3.75 children, £19 family ticket.
Details: Amberley Museum, Amberley, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9LT. Phone: 01798 831370. Website email
ULSTER FOLK & TRANSPORT MUSEUM, CULTRA, CO DOWN
The Road Transport Galleries display a unique collection of wheeled vehicles, ranging from cycles and motor-cycles to trams, buses and cars. The interpretative exhibitions show the development of road transport and the impact it had on the lives of ordinary people in a creative, visually attractive and stimulating way which appeals to all age groups. The museum is situated at Cultra on the main Belfast to Bangor Road, with good access by road, rail and bus, and close to Belfast City Airport.
Open Daily (not Christmas Day/Boxing Day); phone to check opening hours as these vary through the year.
Admission: Transport Museum only: £3.30 adults, £2.20 children. Folk and transport museum: £4 adults, £2.50 children, family ticket (two adults and up to three children) £11.
Details: Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra,
Holywood, Co Down BT18 0EU. Phone: 028 9042 8428.
PACIFIC ROAD TRANSPORT MUSEUM
Pacific Road Transport Museum houses a collection of buses, tramcars, motor cycles, cars and a few military vehicles. Some of the trams and buses are being restored by two local bus and tram enthusiast groups. It has a length of tram track, and this is operational on Tuesdays to Sundays during the summer. Tram tickets give free entry to three local museums, all within walking distance. However, while the trams will be running, the museum itself is expected to be closed for remodelling during the summer.
Details: Tourist Information Centre Phone: 0151 647 6780. Website
ASTON MANOR ROAD TRANSPORT MUSEUM
The former tram depot at Witton Lane, Aston houses a selection of buses, trucks and tramcars in an authentic setting with original tram tracks and stone setts still in situ. Whilst there is a distinct Midlands flavour exhibits are drawn from all parts of the country and vehicles on display are changed at regular intervals.
An open day will be held on 14 July and takes the form of an informal gathering of vehicles. A vintage bus service will link the museum with nearby Aston Hall, where vehicles will be on display and Aston Parish Church. A free bus service will also operate between the museum and Birmingham City Centre. On 26 May the museum will be linked to BaMMOT at Wythall by bus service (including classic buses). A collectors’ fair will be held on 24 November.
Open: Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holiday Mondays 11.00-17.00 (closed 14/15 September for the Outer Circle rally).
Admission: £1 adults, 50p children/concessions, £2.75 family (except 8 July). A £6 (£3 children and concessions) combined admission to both Aston Manor and Wythall, and all-day riding ticket, is available on 26 May.
Public transport: Witton station (short walk) or bus 7 from Birmingham.
Details: 0121 322 2298 or write (enclosing SAE, please) to the museum at 208-216 Witton Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6QE.
BIRMINGHAM & MIDLAND MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT
The Museum in Chapel Lane, Wythall, near Birmingham (just off A435, near M42 jct 3) has two large halls containing around 70 buses and coaches, mainly Midlands-associated, miniature steam railway, a Frankfurt tramcar, fire engines and an unrivalled battery-electric vehicle display.
Open: 11.00-17.00, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, Easter Sunday - 27 October.
Operating days: 31 March, 1 April; 5, 6, 26 May; 2-4 June; 28 July; 26 August; 27 October plus a bus ride at 15.30 on all last Sundays of the month between April and September. The 750 bus service from central Birmingham will operate on 1 April, 26 May, 26 August and 27 October, operated by museum buses and assisted by North Birmingham Busways Atlanteans on 26 May. The 750 departs at 11.30 from Hill Street (stop nearest to Navigation Street - rail users should leave New Street via the footbridge at the B end of the platforms which leads to Navigation Street), and from the Maypole at 11.50 and 12.55. A return journey to central Birmingham will depart Wythall at 16.00; earlier journeys will connect with citybound commercial bus services.
Special days include 26 May when Wythall is linked half-hourly by classic buses with Aston Manor Road Transport Museum, plus model displays at Wythall by the Model Bus Federation and others. A Bus Rally and Running Day, incorporating the Rear-Engined Rally is on 26 August. The pre-hibernation day is 27 October which is again dedicated to Midland Red and Birmingham City Transport
Admission: £1.50 (£3 on 31 March, 1 April, 5, 6, 26 May, 2-4 June, 28 July, 25/26 August and 27 October). Reduced prices for children. Family tickets available. A combined admission and all-day riding ticket is available at £6 (£3 senior citizens/children) on appropriate days and includes admission to both museums on 28 May.
Details: Birmingham & Midland Museum of Transport, Chapel Lane, Wythall B47 6JX. Phone: 01564 826471. Website email
CASTLE POINT TRANSPORT MUSEUM
Situated in the historic former Canvey & District depot in Point Road, Canvey Island, Essex, this museum has a collection of approximately 35 vehicles including buses, coaches and commercial vehicles spanning the period 1929-1972. A major display is the collection of local vehicles owned by the Eastern National Preservation Group.
Open: Sunday, 10.00-17.00 April-Oct.
Special event: Open day and Buses on Parade on 13 October (see Rally Calendar). Admission charged.
Admission: free (donation box available).
Details: Castle Point Transport Museum Society, 105 Point Road, Canvey Island SS8 7TP. Phone: 01268 684272.
COBHAM BUS MUSEUM
Located one mile from the M25/A3 junction 10, the museum is home to the London Bus Preservation Trust. It houses a remarkable collection of 35 buses and coaches, around half owned by the Trust and the remainder by individual members. The Trust’s vehicles are all of London origin, dating from 1925 to 1973. Some are fully restored and run regularly, while others are being restored or waiting their turn for attention. Items of street furniture and other transport artefacts are displayed in and around the Museum. The building itself dates from World War 2 and was closely connected with Barnes Wallis and his bouncing bomb tests. There is a museum shop stocking a wide variety of books, models and other items, and visiting trade stands regularly attend on event days.
Open: Selected Sundays throughout the year (10.30-17.00). Details in the Rally Calendar.
Special events: 7 April: Cobham 2002 annual open day, a major event at the Museum and Brooklands Runway, with bus and coach gathering, many sales stands and special bus services. 4 June London Bus Nostalgia Day. 26 August: Classic buses on free bus service to Woking. 15 September Family Day. 27 October Pre-Hibernation Day.
Admission: £3, with free entry for up to two accompanied children under 16. (£6 for 7 April, including free travel on inter-site bus services).
Transport: Special bus service 462 links Weybridge station, town and the bus museum on all Display Days; £3 return fare includes museum admission. Separate arrangements apply on special event days.
Details: LBPT, Cobham Bus Museum, Redhill Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1EF. Phone: 01932 868665 (Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday). Website email
MUSEUM OF BRITISH ROAD TRANSPORT
Containing a collection of more than 200 cars and commercial vehicles, plus bicycles and motorcycles, the Museum of British Road transport also has six buses and a mobile print room with a bus-style body on a Daimler CVD6 chassis. Appropriately most were built in and around Coventry, once regarded as the home of the British automotive industry. Three are Coventry Corporation Daimlers, there is a Blue Bus Daimler CD650 while a Maudslay Marathon was built in nearby Alcester.
Open: Every day except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 10.00-17.00.
Transport: Near Pool Meadow bus station (services 17 or 27 from the railway station).
Details: Museum of British Road Transport, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1PN. Phone: 024 7683 2425. email
Vintage trams run every few minutes through a period street, beneath the elegant Bowes-Lyon Bridge, and on to views of the Derwent Valley. An exhibition hall contains a ‘Track in Time’ experience, a dramatic ‘Tram at Night’ light and sound section and an Edwardian trade exhibition, offering the chance to visit a turn-of-the-century event. Unlimited vintage tram rides are included in the admission price, plus video theatre, café, shops, picnic areas and playground. Accompanied dogs on leads are welcome.
Open: 23 March-3 November daily, 10.00-17.30. Until 17 March and 9 November - 22 December Saturdays and Sundays only 10.30-16.00.
Special events: 17 March Family Science Challenge. 20/21 April Model Transport Show. 5 May Teddy Bears’ Picnic. (free admission for children with a teddy).18/19 May Lancashire and Yorkshire weekend. 26 MayEdwardian Day. 3/4 June Jubilee celebrations 16 June: Tramathon - the entire working fleet out and about. 22/23 June Midsummer Models. 30 June - 7 July London transport 50 years since the last tram. 14 July Mini Meet. 20/21 & 27/28 July A day out with Thomas. 10/11 August Forties weekend - reduced admission for vistors arriving in 1940s costume. 25/26 August Transport Extravaganza. 1 September: Teddy Bears' Outing (free admission for children with a teddy). 22 September VW Beetle Drive. 28 September Enthusiasts Day. 19 October - 3 November Half-term treasure trails. 27 October: Starlight Special.Sat & Sun in December Santa Specials.
Admission: £7 adults, £6 senior citizen, £3.50 children (4-15 years inclusive), £19 family ticket (two adults, three children).
Details: The National Tramway Museum, Crich, Matlock DE4 5DP. Phone: 01773 852565, Fax: 01773 852326. Website Public transport information on the Derbyshire Busline, 01332 292200
DEWSBURY BUS MUSEUM
Some 25 buses are housed in the Dewsbury Bus Museum, Foundry Street, Ravensthorpe, which moved into a new shed in 1989. It is not generally open to the public except on its rally days, 17 march and 17 November (see Rally Calendar) though at weekends when work is being done on vehicles, it is possible to see the collection by prior arrangement.
Details: A Dakin, 5 Oakenshaw Street, WAKEFIELD. WF1 5BT
DOVER TRANSPORT MUSEUM
Dover Transport Museum, Old Park, Honeywood Road, Whitfield, just off the A2 at Whitfield (McDonalds) roundabout, three miles from Dover, is a general transport museum with an emphasis on East Kent. It contains more than 30 vehicles including 10 buses and coaches dating from 1929 to 1960 as well as members’ visiting buses. Included are many transport and related displays, models, including a working model tramway and model railway, and artefacts with a replica East Kent Road Car Co booking office and village garage. Rides on various vehicles are often available.
Weds to Sats 1330-1730, Suns & Bank Hols 1030-1700 april to October
. Group visits at any time, by appointment.
Special event: White Cliffs Bus Rally, 26 May.
Admission: Adults: £2, children £1, family £5.
Details: Phone: 01304 822409, 204612. Website
TRANSPORT MUSEUM SOCIETY OF IRELAND
The TMSI collection displayed at Howth, Co Dublin, portrays public service and commercial road transport. The only such collection in the Irish Republic, it contains many rare vehicles and some which are unique. At present the oldest exhibit dates from 1883, the newest from 1984. Among the 60 vehicles currently on show are 12 buses, including CIE Leyland Titans, Atlanteans and a Tiger. One of the Titans is the ex-DUTC TD4 R1. GNR Gardner 390 and GNR AEC Regent 438 are also there, as are Belfast Guy trolleybus 183, Guy Arab 298 and Daimler CVG6 432. There are two Bedfords, a Duffy-bodied VAM and a Duple-bodied OB bus. There are also four trams and vehicles in store can be seen on request.
Open: October-May, Saturday/Sunday and Bank Holidays including 26 December-1 January, 14.00-17.00 June-September, Monday-Saturday 10.00-17.00, Sunday 14.00-17.00, other times by arrangement.
Public Transport: Howth Heritage Depot is 800 metres from Howth DART station and is served by bus 31 from Lower Abbey Street.
Admission: Adults £1.60, Children and OAPs 80p, families (two adults and up to five children or one car with four people) £4. Special rate of 80p for members of bona-fide transport societies on production of current membership card. Prices quoted are in Irish Punts, but will be 'euro-ed'
Details: Transport Museum Society of Ireland, Heritage Depot, Howth Demesne, Howth, Dublin 13. Phone: 00353 1 832 0427 or mobile 086 828 9437.
BLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUM
The Black Country Museum’s trolleybus service is back in operation, restoring a fascinating transport dimension to one of the country’s truly great living museums. The site recreates many 19th and early 20th century aspects of Black Country industry and living conditions. There also is a tramway.
Open: 1 March to 31 October, daily 10.00-17.00hrs; November-February Wednesday-Sunday only, 10.00-16.00hrs. Phone for details of the Christmas closure.
Admission: £7.95 adults, £6.95 OAPs, £4.75 children 5-17, family ticket (two adults and up to four children) £21.50.
Details: Phone: 0121 557 9643. Website
MIKE SUTCLIFFE’S COLLECTION
The collection of vehicles owned and restored by Mike Sutcliffe is located at his home, a 17th century thatched cottage in Totternhoe, near Dunstable, Beds, although some vehicles are on loan to museums, eg British Commercial Vehicle Museum at Leyland, and Manchester Museum of Transport. There are 20 vehicles in the collection, dating from 1908 to 1934, mainly early Leyland buses, many of which are now restored, but also including a 1910 York tram. The buses are some of the oldest in preservation, many on solid tyres, and include the oldest restored British-built motorbus, a 1908 Leyland double-decker. There are currently four Leylands undergoing restoration, including a 1914 ‘Torpedo’ charabanc, the only surviving example, and a White Rose 40-seat Leyland SG7 of 1923.
Open: The collection is not open to the public, but can be viewed by prior arrangement with Mike Sutcliffe.
Admission: Free, but donations welcome.
Details: Phone: 01525 221676.
MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT
1 Bunhouse Road, Glasgow G3 8DP
One of the country’s best static transport museums, with road, rail and sea exhibits. There are three Glasgow Corporation buses, 1958 preproduction Atlantean LA1, 1949 Croft-bodied Albion Venturer B92 and 1958 34ft 5in Burlingham-bodied BUT single-deck trolleybus TBS13. Centrepiece of the collection is a display of seven Glasgow trams dating from the 1890s to 1952. There also is a 1938 replica city street with shops, cinema and a reconstructed Glasgow Underground station. Museum shop includes books, videos, posters and gifts with a Scottish connection.
Open: daily, 10.00-17.00 Mondays-Saturdays, 11.00-17.00 Sundays.
Admission: free (donations welcome).
Details: Phone: 0141 287 2720, fax 0141-287 2692.
GLASGOW BUS MUSEUM
Unit 17, Barclay Curle Complex, 739 South Street, Glasgow, G14 0AH
The museum moved into the former Bridgeton bus garage last summer and already houses around 100 buses - many with strong Glasgow connections - in various states of restoration. The site is close to Bridgeton Cross and is served by First Glasgow Overground service 18 from the city centre (southbound journeys towards East Kilbride) and by Bridgeton train station.
Open: 24/25 August. By prior arrangement at other times.
Admission: free (donations welcome).
Details: Glasgow Bus Museum, 76 Fordneuk Street, GLASGOW. G40 3AH Phone Michael Roulston: 0141 554 5400. Website
IPSWICH TRANSPORT MUSEUM
The Ipswich Transport Museum was formed in 1965 when Eric Mouser purchased an Eastern Counties Dennis Ace. It is now housed in the former Ipswich Corporation trolleybus depot at Priory Heath. The collection includes 140 major road transport exhibits, all built or operated in Ipswich. Currently there are 15 motorbuses, five trolleybuses and a tramcar on display.
The museum collection includes a substantial archive of documents and photographs, uniforms, ticket machines and other small objects, some of which are displayed with the vehicles in the main display.
The ITM is one of the first of its kind to achieve full registration with the Museums & Galleries Commission and work on a lottery-funded improvement project is due to be completed during 2002.
Open: Sundays/Bank Holiday Mondays, from 24 March until 1 December and Tuesday 4 June 13.00-16.00 Monday-Friday only: 25 March - 5 April, 5-7 June, 22 July-30 August, 2/3 September, 21-25 October. Bookings for group visits can be made outside these times by special arrangement.
Special Events: 5 May and 6 October; see Rally Calendar.
Admission: £2.50 adults; reductions for children/OAPs/families.
Details: Ipswich Transport Museum, Old Trolleybus Depot, Cobham Road IP3 9JD. Phone: 01473 715666. Website
KEIGHLEY BUS MUSEUM
The museum is located at Denholme House Farm, (behind the Parish Church), Halifax Road, Denholme, halfway between Halifax and Keighley on the A629. It is open for casual visitors between 12.00 and 16.00 most Sundays throughout the year, and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 19.00. Admission is free except on open days when special arrangements will apply.
The collection now comprises more than 50 vehicles, and the Museum has additional overflow vehicle storage in Old Dalton Lane in central Keighley. This is open to individual visitors only on Open Days (see below), but parties can be accommodated by prior arrangement.
Special Events: 7 April, 12/13, 2, 16 June, 25 August, 29 September, 25 December (see Rally Calendar).
Public transport: Frequent buses between Keighley and Halifax stop outside Denholme; Old Dalton Lane is in Keighley town centre, next to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway station.
Details: If you are travelling any distance please contact David Jones, Secretary, 47 Brantfell Drive, Burnley BB12 8AW, Phone/fax: 01282 413179 or Greg Lawson, 36 Jenny Lane, Baildon BD17 6RR, Phone: 01274 587519 to ensure that someone will be there to welcome you.
SCOTTISH VINTAGE BUS MUSEUM
The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum is situated within 42 acres of the former Royal Navy stores depot at Lathalmond, Fife. It is located about two miles north of Dunfermline on the B915 (two miles west of Jct 4 on the M90). Much work has been done on the infrastructure since the museum moved to this site in 1995. Workshop facilities are the envy of many similar organisations and a new display shed was opened for the 1997 season. The Museum boasts more than 150 resident vehicles.
Open: Sundays only, Easter-September, 13.00 to 17.00. Private tours for schools, enthusiast groups etc can be made by prior arrangement.
Special event: Open weekend and Scottish National Road Run 17/18 August.
Admission: Adults £2, children £1 (£4 adult/£2 child/£8 family/£6 weekend adult on Open Weekend, including free vintage bus service to and from Dunfermline bus station). Website
Details: SVBM, c/o 17 Thimblehall Drive, Dunfermline KY12 7RH. Website
BRITISH COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MUSEUM
This unique line-up of historic commercial vehicles and buses spanning a century of truck and bus building is located in the heart of Leyland. More than 50 exhibits are on permanent display in this significant collection. It is located close to junction 28 on the M6.
Open: Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Bank Holidays, 2 April-30 September, 10.00-17.00hrs, Sundays only in October.
Special Events: None notified at present.
Admission: £4 adults, £2 OAPs/children, £10 family ticket.
Details: British Commercial Vehicle Museum, King Street, Leyland PR5 1LE. Phone: 01772 451011.
LINCOLNSHIRE VINTAGE VEHICLE SOCIETY
The Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society’s headquarters are in Whisby Road, Lincoln (off B1190 and A46 Lincoln bypass). The site boasts an excellent exhibition hall and storage/workshop building. More than 50 vehicles are housed at the headquarters, with 13 buses in the hall. Eleven other buses are accommodated in the workshop and rear parking area.
Open: May-October: Monday-Friday 12.00-16.00, Sunday 10.00-16.00; November-April: Sunday only, 14.00-17.00. Other times/group visits by appointment (Phone 01522 689497).
Special events: Open days on Easter Sunday, 31 March and 3 November Also car rally in grounds of Lincoln Castle 9 June.
Admission: Free, but donations welcome.
Details: 3 The Paddock, High Street, Skellingthorpe, Lincoln LN6 5TR. Phone: 01522 689497. Website email
LONDON’S TRANSPORT MUSEUM
The London Transport Museum in Covent Garden tells the story of London and its transport history since the early-1800s and explores the impact of public transport on the growth of the capital and the lives of Londoners through displays of buses, trams, trolleybuses and trains, along with text panels, inter-active displays and actors. Bus displays include 1880s horsebuses, a selection of vehicles showing the evolution of the London bus and scale models. There is a hands-on KidZones section, with 15 interactive exhibits, and a clamber-on fun bus for under-fives.
Open: daily 10.00-18.00 (11.00-18.00 Fridays). Last admission 17.15. Not open 24-26 December. By appointment only, access is available to the reference library 10.00-17.00 on Wednesdays and Thursdays and to the photo library 10.00-17.00 on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Public transport: Buses to Strand or Aldwych; Underground to Covent Garden, Leicester Square or Holborn.
Admission: Adults £5.95, Children (5-15 inc) FREE, OAPs/students £3.95. Income support/jobseekers/disability £2.50.
Details: 020 7565 7299 (24hr information), 020 7379 6344 (administration, education service, mail order enquiries etc). Website
THE DEPOT, ACTON
Opened during 1999, The Depot is London Transport Museum’s annex at Acton. It is a secure, environmentally controlled store of 370,000 items of London’s transport history situated in Bollo Lane, alongside the Piccadilly Line station at Acton Town. It is open to the public on a limited basis through regular guided tours and open days.
Guided tours take place monthly (including 11.00 and 14.00 Friday 22 February, 29 Marchand 26 April) and include a detailed explanation of the collections and access to parts of the Depot not normally open to the public. These have to be pre-booked on 020 7379 6344 and cost £9.50 (£7.50 for concession and Museum Friends).
Open days: 11.00-16.00 (closes 17.00) 2/3 March (focusing on buses) and on two other weekends to be announced. Tickets for Depot open days can be bought in advance or on the door, price £6.95 (£4.50 children, concession and Museum Friends).
Details: Phone: 020 7379 6344, Website
EAST ANGLIA TRANSPORT MUSEUM
The East Anglia Transport Museum, Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, has a wide range of preserved vehicles on display, including cars, battery vehicles, trams and trolleybuses as well as buses. Trams offer a ride on the Museum’s woodland tramline; trolleybuses run through a 1930s recreated street scene and there is also a narrow-gauge railway. Vehicles range from a 1904 open-top Lowestoft tramcar to a 1972 ex-Ribble Bristol VRT. There are 15 trolleybuses, including four London examples. Visitor facilities include a bookshop and café.
Open: Easter Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday then Sundays and Bank Holidays from May to 30 September; Saturdays and Wednesdays 2 June to 29 September and daily 3-7 June, 15 July-31 August & 20-26 October. Ring to check actual hours of opening.
Special Events: 22/23 June, 13/14 July, 10/11 August, 7/8 September (see Rally Calendar for more details).
Admission: Adults £4.50, child/OAP £3. Price includes tram, train and trolleybus rides within the museum.
Details: East Anglia Transport Museum, Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft NR33 8BL. Phone: 01502 518459. Website email
MANCHESTER MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT
Located in Boyle Street (off Queens Road), Cheetham, Manchester, this museum contains an excellent collection of 80 buses and other vehicles, most of them restored and mostly with connections with the Manchester area. The museum is preparing a significant national lottery bid to secure its long term future and is discussing options for the future with Greater Manchester PTE, the owner of its premises.
Open: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays throughout the year, 10.00-17.00, though check Christmas opening times.
Special events: 23/24 March, 11/12 May CANCELLED, 15/16 June, 27/28 July, 1, 14/15 September, 30 November, 1 December (see Rally Calendar)
Public transport: Metrolink to Woodlands Road, then short walk; bendi bus 135, from central Manchester to Queens Road.
Admission: £3 adult, £1.75 children 5-15/OAPs 60+. Family ticket £9. Supplements may apply on special event days.
Details: Phone: 0161 205 2122. Website
NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT
ISLE OF WIGHT BUS & COACH MUSEUM
The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum is home to 15 vehicles dating from 1919-68, many of which have operated on the island. More than half of them are in running order. The collection includes a rare 1919 Daimler, the sole surviving known Bristol RESH/Duple coach in the world, a Paris Renault from the well-known collection of Robert Jowitt, a Top Deck Travel Bristol Lodekka in full ‘deckerhome’ condition and a late-19th century Ryde Pier tram. There is also a shop selling items of transport interest, and there is a café and toilets in the nearby boat museum.
Open: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 24 March - 7 April 2 June - 30 September and daily 21 July - 1 September, 10.30-16.30 on all days it is open.
Running day: 20 October, 10.30-16.30. (see Rally Guide).
Admission: £2.50 adult, £2 OAP, £1.50 children 5-15.
How to get there: Follow signs in Newport for the Newport Harbour. This leads to the quay; bus museum is at far end of the quay.
Details: 01983 533352, on opening days. Otherwise, Administration manager, IoW Bus Museum, Seaclose Quay, Newport Harbour, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EF.
NOTTINGHAM HERITAGE CENTRE, RUDDINGTON
The Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre comprises an area of eleven and a half acres, along with buildings, set within Rushcliffe Country Park, Ruddington, five miles from Nottingham, created from the one-time Ministry of Defence ordnance and disposal depot. The depot was once rail connected to the Great Central main line and volunteers have re-laid the track to the main line.
The Heritage Centre includes a fine collection of around 30 vintage public road transport vehicles, some of which are used for giving rides. Amongst the exhibits is the Barton Collection, including the replica Durham Churchill charabanc and the famous Dennis Loline II, as well as South Notts and four Nottingham City Transport vehicles.
Open: Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.45-17.00, 1 April-14 October with last admission 30min before closing time.
Special Events: None notified.
Details: Nottingham Heritage Centre, Mere Way, Ruddington, NG11 6NX. Phone: 0115 940 5705.
OXFORD BUS MUSEUM
The Oxford Bus Museum, Old Station Yard, Long Hanborough is a collection of buses dating from 1915-80, mainly of City of Oxford Motor Services or Oxfordshire private companies origin and AEC manufacture. Facilities include toilets, shop, café, disabled access to main exhibition.
Open: Every Sunday 10.30-16.30, plus Saturdays 13.30-16.30 and Bank Holidays 10.30-16.30 Easter to end October. Date for reopening ceremony after completion of the Heritage Lottery Fund project (now 70% complete) to be announced later. Free bus rides by restored bus will be run at 15.00 on the first Sunday of each month, May to October.
Public transport: Saturday and Sunday trains from Paddington, Oxford and Worcester stop at Hanborough; Phone 0345 484950 for details.
Admission: £2 adults, £1 children/over 60s, £5 family ticket (2+2). Free on-site parking.
Details: 01993 883617 on Sundays, (Schools/college visits Tue - Thu: 01865 400002).
CITY OF PORTSMOUTH PRESERVED TRANSPORT DEPOT
The museum, administered by the Working Omnibus Museum Project Ltd, is situated at 48-54 Broad Street in the historic Spice Island area of Old Portsmouth. The collection comprises 15 buses, one trolleybus, two trams, a tower wagon, a horsedrawn coach and a service van, in various stages of restoration, all of which spent their working lives in the south of England, many in Portsmouth itself. Vehicles range in age from 1876 to 1981.
Open: second and last Sunday of July and August. Additional open days on Bank Holiday Monday 1 April, 6 May, 3 June & 26 August Easter bonnet parade on Sunday 31 March.
Details: The Secretary, CPPTD, 8 Claydon Avenue, SOUTHSEA PO4 8RJ.
SANDTOFT TRANSPORT CENTRE
Sandtoft Transport Centre houses the largest collection of preserved trolleybuses in Britain. It is based at a former aerodrome on the Isle of Axholme, between Doncaster and Scunthorpe. It has more than 60 vehicles, including some from the Continent. Motorbuses, plus other vehicles and the associated equipment from the trolleybus era are also represented. The museum's overhead wiring citrcuit allows operation of trolleybuses on advertised open days. Other attractions include a lecture theatre, children's adventure playground and drawing area plus the Axholme Stores with its 1950s/60s shop window displays and trolleybus and motorbus driving simulators.
Open Days: 31 March, 1 April, 5/ 6 May, 2, 3, 4, 30 June, 7, 27/28 July, 11, 25/26 August, 15 September, 20 October, 12.00-17.00 (except on special event days when times may be extended). Free bus service leaves Doncaster on RED days, leaving south bus station (stand B2) at 13.30, Doncaster railway station at 13.35 returning at 16.30 (journey time approximately 30min), with an enhanced service on some special event days.
Special Events: Sandtoft Gathering on 28 July (open 1000-1800 with frequent Doncaster service during opening times); European Weekend 25/26 August; Six-Wheeler Sunday 15 September; St Leger Open Day 20 October. (open 1200-1800 with extra free bus journey leaving Doncaster South at 1130
This famed tramway outpost has wide-ranging appeal with its combination of narrow-gauge, traditional-style trams and East Devon scenery. A programme of bird watching tram trips will run throughout the year.
Open: Daily from 23 March to 3 November, plus Saturdays and Sundays from 9 - 30 November and Sundays only from 1 to 22 December. Also open Sat 21 Dec. Most of the year trams run every 20min.
Special Events: Eighth Annual Bus & Vintage Vehicle Rally, Saturday 8 June. Details: Mark Horner, Seaton Tramway, Harbour Road, Seaton EX12 2NQ. Phone: 01297 20375, Fax: 01297 625626, Website email
SHEFFIELD BUS MUSEUM
The Sheffield Bus Museum is home to 20 vehicles, mainly of local origin, covering the period 1926-76. They are on display in part of the former Tinsley Tram Sheds, Sheffield’s original horsetram depot, on the A6178 east of Sheffield, 1/2mile from jct 34, M1.
Open: Easter Sunday and second Sunday of even months. Opens at 12.00, last admissions 16.00.
Special Events: ‘Themed’ open days (with vintage bus rides) on Sundays 31 March, 9 June, 11 August, 8 September, 13 October and 8 December. Rally on 8 September.
Admission: £1 adult, 50p concessions, £2 family ticket (two adults plus two children).
Public transport: There are good bus links from Sheffield and Rotherham, and the Stagecoach Supertram Carbrook stop is approximately 200m from the Museum entrance. More information from South Yorkshire Traveline 01709 515151
Details: Phone: 0114 255 3010, Monday-Saturday 12.00-16.00.
TAMESIDE TRANSPORT COLLECTION
This small working museum houses a varied collection of vehicles dating from 1929 to the mid-1960s. Manufacturers such as AEC, Bedford, Crossley, Daimler and Leyland are represented by buses from local municipal fleets and further afield.
The museum also has a small display of artefacts together with a shop selling transport-related items.
It is on Roaches Industrial Estate, Manchester Road, Mossley, Lancs (A635 towards Huddersfield from Ashton-under-Lyne through Mossley, access adjacent to Shadows Lane, approximately 100metres for the junction with the B6715).
Open: Last weekend of each month except December, 10.00-16.00 and other times by arrangement.
Admission: free, but donations welcomed.
Public transport: Service 355 from Ashton-under-Lyne or Oldham. Greenfield station is approx 2km away.
Details: 17 Windsor Road, Denton M34 2HA.