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  Below is a list (in alphabetical order) of all current NARTM Member museums and collections:  
     
 

 

Aberdeen and District Transport Preservation Trust

The Trust cares for an extensive range of public transport vehicles mainly from the Aberdeen area. The majority are buses (and one tramcar) from Aberdeen Corporation Transport and its successors, and these are in various stages of restoration. Vehicles are looked after in the Trust’s Collection Centre in Alford, Aberdeenshire, which is a modern building in grounds shared with the Grampian Transport Museum (GTM). There is (normally) an annual Open Day but public access at other times can be made by prior arrangement. Trust buses attend various events in the locality, including support at GTM events when buses are run on GTM’s private arena.

 
       

 

Aire Valley Transport Group

The Aire Valley Transport Group was formed in the Spring of 2003 by a group of transport enthusiasts from other societies in the Aire Valley. The aim of the AVTG is to restore vehicles that are of historical importance back to their former glory, and put them on show to the public in order to educate them about the history of road transport. The group now has 70 vehicles in its care, making it one of the largest collections in the area. It also has a collection of road and enamel signs, traffic lights, petrol cans and pumps, and also a collection of bus memorabilia including ticket machines, enamel and cast signs, badges. The group is open to anyone with an interest in transport (with or without a vehicle).

 
       

 

Angus Transport Group

The Angus Transport Group was originally formed in 1989 by a small number of like-minded members of the Brechin Railway Preservation Society, with the aim of providing a classic bus link to and from the end of the line at Bridge of Dub to the nearby House of Dun. A small collection of buses and coaches were gradually acquired with the aim of restoring them to use on this service and to participate in classic vehicle shows and events. Today the group has an ever growing and evolving collection housed at two main sites in Arbroath and Montrose. The main focus of the group’s activities continues to be in connection with the Caledonian Railway, Brechin. Although we still also attend classic bus events through each year.

 
       

 

Aston Manor Road Transport Museum

A display of commercial road transport vehicles, many with a West Midlands connection, housed in a former tram shed which retains some of its fittings from that era. Many of the buses are used on free bus services throughout the year. Smaller artefacts are also on display.

 
       

 

Aycliffe & District Bus Preservation Society

The Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society was established in 1980 and was registered as a charity in September 1982. The Society is a member of the North East Museums' Service which acts as a regional co-ordinator of the work of both public and private collections in the North East of England. The Society is provisionally registered with the Museums and Galleries' Commission as a small Museum. The society is also a member of the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society.

 
       

 

Barrow Transport Museum Trust Limited

The Barrow Transport Museum Trust is a small group currently applying for charitable status, the ultimate aim being to establish a museum of road transport relating to South Cumbria and particularly the Furness area. The group is currently caring for 11 vehicles previously operated by Barrow Corporation dating back to 1949, some of which require major restoration. Members receive newsletters and visits to rallies and events throughout the north.

 
       

 

Beamish Museum

Beamish is a world famous open air museum that tells the story of life in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times.  Most of the houses, shops and other buildings you see here have been brought to Beamish, rebuilt and furnished as they once were. Costumed staff welcome visitors to The Town, Pit Village, Home Farm, Railway Station, Pockerley Old Hall and Railway. A one and a half mile length circular period tramway carries visitors around the Museum along with a replica 1913 Daimler bus.

 
       

 

Biggar Albion Foundation Limited

The Biggar Albion Foundation (Scottish Charity No. SC031203) is based in Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland. The Foundation is responsible for the Albion Club, the Albion Archive, the Biggar Rally and the Albion Museum at North Back Road, which houses a collection of historic Albion vehicles and units. Other historic Albion vehicles are owned and housed at other locations from time to time, including Bridgeton Bus Museum. The Albion Club publishes The Albion Magazine quarterly. Membership is open to all interested in Albions, whether owners or not. A small stock of Albion spares is also kept by The Club. The Foundation works closely with the Albion Vehicle Preservation Trust, which owns two Albion coaches. The AVPT keeps the Register of Preserved Albions and operates this website on behalf of both organisations. The Albion Magazine now incorporates the Albion Vehicle Preservation Trust Newsletter. The Albion Archive is available to members and is one of the most comprehensive commercial vehicle archives in the UK. More details on the Albion Club and Albion Archive can be found on the Contact Us page.

The Albion Vehicle Preservation Trust

The Albion Vehicle Preservation Trust (Scottish Charity No. SC028791) was formed in 1967 to purchase, garage and rally one of the last Albion heavy coaches, a 1950 Valiant, and in 1991 a 1967 Viking coach doubled the fleet. In a joint arrangement with the Albion Club, the AVPT keeps the register of preserved Albions and has so far collected details of over 1,000 Albions surviving worldwide. If you have a preserved Albion, or if you discover an unrestored Albion anywhere, please send details of chassis number, registration number and owner to us - details are on the Contact Us page.

 
       

 

Black Country Living Museum

An immersive experience from start to finish, Black Country Living Museum is an award-winning open air museum that tells the story of one of the very first industrialised landscapes in Britain. Set across 26 acres, you'll explore over forty carefully reconstructed shops, houses and industrial areas that represent the Black Country's story. You'll learn how steam power, human ingenuity and an increasingly interconnected world transformed this region into a manufacturing powerhouse. You'll meet our historic characters who'll tell you stories of what it was really like to live and work during this revolutionary period of history. Most importantly, you'll see history brought to life before your eyes - you'll hear the clang of hammers; smell the smoke billowing from red brick chimneys; and maybe even taste the best fish and chips in the world.

 
       

 

Bounty Country Buses

A carefully assembled and unique collection of country buses, representing the great number of independent operators which established a network of country bus services from the 1920s through to the most profitable years of the 1940s and 1950s and beyond. A tribute to their pioneering spirit of taking the country to the town and the town to the countryside, put together by the Emerton family of Nantwich, Cheshire.

 
       

 

Bristol Omnibus Vehicle Collection

A collection of former Bristol Omnibus/Bristol Tramways vehicles, artefacts and memorabilia Vehicles are not all housed under one roof and not available for public view. However, as many are roadworthy will attend the two Bristol rallies in May and August. Up to 17 were present at Brislington in 2009.

 
       

 

Bristol Road Transport Collection

Collection of mainly Bristol built buses and other vehicles with connections to the Bristol and Gloucestershire area.

 
       

 

British Commercial Vehicle Museum Trust Limited

A unique collection of over 60 vehicles covering nearly 120 years of commercial vehicle manufacture and use, including trucks, buses, fire engines, vans, steam traction engine, and the famous ‘Popemobile’. The ‘Engine Room’ tells the story of the diesel engine. An extensive archive contains over 250,000 items of film, photographs and paper records.

 
       

 

British Trolleybus Society

The British Trolleybus Society studies the development of the trolleybus and keeps up with current developments.  It owns about a dozen trolleybuses, one motorbus and a horse-drawn tower wagon.

 
       

 

Broadcast Television Technology Trust

An organisation whose objects are the advancement of education for the public benefit in the technologies, techniques and equipment used to produce television programs in particular but not exclusively by: (1) The preservation, restoration and exhibition of historic broadcast television equipment along with any associated equipment, documentation, recordings and images.

 
       

 

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

We are a twenty-two acres site with something to see for an enthusiasts or young families. Steam train rides on miniature and full-size steam trains with up to three trains running at one go. Our site is all hard standing tarmac roads from the visitor centre and café right though our impressive museum. Not only do we have steam trains but memorabilia and a growing vehicle collection. Have a look round our engineering workshop and our vehicle restoration area. Our most impressive weekends with many special events every month from bus rallies to vintage vehicle display including the HCVS Ridgway Run. Keep up to date from social media and our web site for our special events.  We have something to see and do for everyone.

 
       

 

Cardiff & South Wales Trolleybus Project

The only trolleybus preservation group in the principality of Wales. A regular newsletter is issued, and new members are always welcome, presently £17 with family membership £23 per annum. Visits to the workshop can be arranged by writing to the above address for details.

 
       

 

Cardiff Transport Preservation Group

The Cardiff Transport Preservation Group was formed in 1992 in order to purchase, restore, maintain and preserve for the benefit of the public, vehicles, artefacts, archive material and other items which pertain to and reflect the transport heritage of, the City of Cardiff and surrounding areas.  To this end the Group has acquired a number of buses formerly operated by City of Cardiff Transport and other local operators. The Group Lease the ex Western Welsh Depot on Broad Street, Barry. The CTPG organise two vehicle rallies each year and hold a monthly meeting on the third Wednesday of each month. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and if they wish help to restore the Group's buses, ride on them and travel on them to rallies.

 
       

 

Carmel Coaches Limited

Carmel Coaches have 2 class 6 preserved vehicles based at Northlew in Devon. 1951 Leyland PD2 decker ex Devon General and a 1950 Albion/ Duple 31 seat coach. Also on site is a 1959 AEC Reliance/ Willowbrook coach which is looked after for another Operator.

 

 
       

 

Castle Point Transport Museum

This historic former Canvey & District bus depot, built in 1935, houses approximately 35 commercial vehicles spanning the years 1944 to 1988. Exhibits include buses, coaches, lorries, fire engines and military vehicles. They can be seen in varying stages from the fully restored to those awaiting restoration. The museum is run by volunteers.

 
       

 

City of Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot

The CPPTD has housed a collection of veteran and vintage buses since 1992, most of which spent their working lives in southern England. The vehicles are based in premises near Portsmouth that are presently not open to the public, following closure of the Broad Street site - please see the website or enthusiast press for the latest developments. The collection’s vehicles attend running days, rallies, carnivals and other events.

 
       

 

Classic Southdown Omnibuses

One of the largest collections of vehicles owned formerly by Southdown Motor Services. They range from a 1939 Park Royal bodied Leyland Titan TD5 to the numerically last Bristol VRT delivered to Southdown in 1980. Of particular note is a 1956 Leyland Titan PD2/12 carrying one of the last Beadle double-deck bodies built.

 
       

 

Colin Billington Collection

A private collection of 30 buses and coaches, formerly operated by the Western & Southern National Omnibus Companies and their successors, spanning the years 1927 to 1985 many of which have undergone extensive restoration. A particular feature is a collection of Royal Blue coaches and the organisation of coach runs along routes of the Royal Blue network which extended from the South West across much of the country. Vehicles from the collection attend events across the South of England.

 
       

 

Commercial Transport in Preservation

Commercial Transport in Preservation (CTP) based in Salisbury was started in 1998 to cater for the alternative needs of enthusiasts in the south. Initially with around 50 members it grew very rapidly to be a nationwide organisation. The emphasis is on friendship for all enthusiasts whether vehicle owners or not. We have monthly open meetings in Salisbury during the winter months and outdoor visits/events during the summer, an active club, our members like to drive their vehicles/s on the road as much as possible, as well as supporting many local shows/events wherever our members live.

We hold four main vehicle events during the year:

Gillingham Gathering on the last Sunday in February

Spring Road Run on the first Sunday in April

Noggin, Nosh & Natter on the last Wednesday in July

Autumn Road Run on the first Sunday in September.

 
       

 

Cornwall Bus Preservation Society

The CBPS is a group who are involved in maintaining, restoring and preserving buses which saw operational service in Cornwall. Vehicles predominately originated from the Western National Omnibus Co and can be seen at events throughout the West of England. The Society organises the Penzance Vintage Bus Running Day which has now become an annual event renowned for the spectacular scenery of the South West Cornish coast.

 
       

 

County Durham Bus Preservation Group

We are a group of vehicle owners that operate a building containing the largest collection of preserved buses and coaches on one site in the North East of England. The collection contains vehicles, most of which originate from the North East, from the 1940's right through to the 1980's Although the group is not a museum or club, access to view the vehicles can be made by prior arrangement.

 
       

 

Cumbria Classic Coaches Limited

Cumbria Classic Coaches is a small friendly family run business specialising in running classic vintage half-cab buses and coaches, in other words - old buses. We have a fleet of four single deckers, two double deck buses and two vintage cars. We operate three timetabled service routes, seasonally from Kirkby Stephen to Hawes / Hardraw and ALL YEAR from Kirkby Stephen to Barnard Castle

 
       

 

Delaine Heritage Trust

The Delaine Heritage Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation established in 2015 by the Delaine-Smith family, dedicated to preserving the heritage of Delaine Buses of Bourne, Lincolnshire, founded in 1890 and now one of England’s oldest independent Bus Operators. The Delaine Bus Museum houses the five members of the Delaine Heritage Fleet which spans the last five decades of the 20th Century and consists of a Leyland Titan PD2, PD3, Atlantean, Tiger and a Volvo Olympian which all spent their entire working lives with Delaine. Items from the Delaine Archive on display include; photograph’s, documents, artefacts and memorabilia dating back over a century. The Museum is open to visitors on selected days during the year and a Heritage Bus Running Day is held on the last Saturday in September. Pre-booked group visits accommodated at other times.

 
       

 

Dennis Society

The Dennis Society – the natural home for anyone preserving or restoring a Dennis vehicle – whether it be a bus, coach, van, lorry, dust cart, ambulance, fire engine or lawn mower! Details on the Dennis Society web site.

 
       

 

Devon General Omnibus Trust

The Devon General Omnibus Trust is a registered charity established in 2013 to support and promote the restoration, preservation and operation of historic vehicles that once carried the livery of the Devon General Omnibus & Touring Company Limited and to advance knowledge amongst both enthusiasts and the general public about the history of the company.

 
       

 

Dover Transport Museum

Dover Transport Museum has a fascinating collection of vintage transport and transport models of all types. Very special are: a rare Austin A90 Atlantic, our beautifully restored Romany Caravan; an Aveling & Porter steam roller, a genuine charabanc and impressive ship models. Our two large exhibition halls have recreated old Dover street scenes that will stir the memories of many older visitors and give younger ones a glimpse of how things used to be. Discover what life was like years ago.

 
       

 

Dundee Museum of Transport

The charity was established in 2010 (SC041529) and we have grown each year with temporary premises been obtained at Market Mews in Dundee in 2014.  Since then the museum has established itself as one of the top tourist attractions in Dundee. An independent and fully Accredited Museum (achieved 2018), the museum is volunteer-led with the support of a Museum Manager.  The collection and archive continues to develop, with over 30 vehicles exhibited as well as displays of transport artefacts of historical importance to the local and surrounding area.   The ultimate aim is to move to the former tram / bus depot at Maryfield Dundee which the museum has purchased.   We work closely with other like-minded charities and have developed a close relationship with Alzheimer’s Scotland as we believe that health and well-being coupled with educational programmes is a core part of our work.  Throughout the summer we hold regular Open Days and transport-related talks. 

 
       

 

East Anglia Transport Museum

Here at Carlton Colville you will find a museum unique to the last detail, for this is the only place in the British Isles where visitors can not only view but also ride on all three principal forms of public transport from the earlier part of the 20th century. Once inside the museum there is so much to see and do that you’ll want to stay all day. 

 
       

 

Eastern Transport Collection Society

The Eastern Transport Collection Society is an Educational Charity, number 290666, and began as the Eastern Counties Omnibus Society in 1969 when a handful of bus enthusiasts in Norwich decided to form a group to buy a bus.  In 1971 the Society became the owner of Bristol Lodekka, LKD229. In 1984 the name was changed when charitable status was obtained. The Society has expanded over the years and has members from all over the country, but with a greater concentration in the eastern counties. Since the first vehicle bought in 1971 further buses were added to the collection and currently the Society owns 6 Bristol buses covering the types of vehicle seen in the 1940’s to 1980’s all once belonging to the Eastern Counties Omnibus Company. One of these is a Bristol KSW , the only one of its variant left in preservation, undergoing restoration after 30 years in storage. Vehicles are stored near Norwich, and together with members own vehicles, are available to view on request. A small museum contains various artefacts from both road and rail transport.

 
       

 

First Group Heritage Trust

First Group Heritage Trust (FGHT) was initially set up to care for heritage buses from Aberdeen inherited through First Aberdeen Ltd. The oldest vehicle in the collection is a 1930 Aberdeen Corporation Transport Albion with locally built bodywork that was found in London long after its demob from wartime service. The Trust has now taken on the preservation of FirstGroup vehicles of more recent years, including two that represent some of the company’s overseas ventures. FGHT works closely with the Aberdeen & District Transport Preservation Trust with whom they share premises and attendance at events.

 
       

 

Friends of Chatham Traction

The Friends of Chatham Traction are a Medway-based charity aiming to restore a 1939 double-deck bus, which ran for 17 years in Medway, as an educational resource. The restoration is in its final stages with completion anticipated in 2021.

 
       

 

Friends of King Alfred Buses

FoKAB was founded in 1985 to assist James Freeman in the preservation of two KAMS buses that he had purchased - 104 and 591 (since scrapped). Since then further ex KAMS buses have been rescued, including two repatriated from the USA. FoKAB became a registered charity in 2001 and has nearly 300 members. It maintains 9 buses and 2 coaches in roadworthy condition and is currently restoring 708, the rare Leyland Olympic of 1950. 

 
       

 

Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust

The Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust was established in 2002 with the aim of developing a working museum to promote the restoration, preservation and use for vintage and historic buses, coaches and commercial vehicles. More broadly, its aims are also to advance education of local transport heritage for public benefit and be active in the local community with varied outreach activities (including through its social inclusion programme called ‘Back on the Road’). The Trust is based in the former Glasgow Corporation Transport Bridgeton Bus Garage which it now owns. Under the GVVT’s control, the garage has now become a focus for vehicle restoration and display, open days, bus “running” events and social gatherings. Regular events take place throughout the year. The collection of vehicles now numbers 130. These are mostly Scottish with a focus on western Scotland. The majority are buses and coaches but there is also a small collection of lorries and fire engines. The garage is also home to a growing archive collection of various transport-related artefacts from bus stops, posters, photographs, uniforms, timetables and even bits of old Glasgow tramcars.

 
       
    Hooton Park Bus Owners

 

 

 

 

 
       

 

Ipswich Transport Museum

Everything in the Ipswich Transport Museum was either built or operated in the Ipswich area.. There are over one hundred major exhibits that cover the development of transport and engineering. Major exhibits include buses and coaches from Ipswich Corporation, Eastern Counties and local independents, Ipswich trolleybuses, an Ipswich electric tram car, fire engines, commercial vehicles, horse drawn vehicles and much more. The museum is open from April to November, on Sundays and Bank holidays from 11am to 4pm and Mondays to Fridays in local school holidays from 1pm to 4pm. There is an established programme of special events, at most of which classic buses and or fire engines give free rides. The Museum is run by a charity and is fully registered. It is situated in Cobham Road Ipswich (IP3 9JD), in a former trolleybus depot now fully refurbished with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 
       

 

Irish Transport Heritage

Formed in 1969, the trust provides for the preservation recording exchange on all aspects pertaining to road transport history  current and future matters. A number of vehicles both pre-and postwar have been restored by Trust members and the Trust it self has eight vehicles from more time which are typical of those operated by Ulsterbus and Citybus over most of their existence. After a number of false starts the trust is currently in the process of obtaining both limited company and charitable status, leading to the ultimate ambition of establishing a museum dedicated to road passenger transport in Northern Ireland.

 
       

 

Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum Trust Limited

The collection ranges from a former Ryde Pier electric tram rebuilt in 1911 and a 1927 Daimler CK to a 1984 Olympian. Many of the vehicles are of Southern Vectis origin.

 
       
 

 

 

  James Willmott Collection  
       
    JJP Holdings South West Limited

 

 

 
       

 

Keighley Bus Museum Trust

Includes over 60 buses, trolleybuses and ancillary vehicles from operators across the North of England including the West Yorkshire Core Collection representing the former municipal fleets of Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield & Leeds.

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lead Mill Classics

Small collection of post war half cab single deckers.

 
       

 

Leicester Transport Heritage Trust

Leicester Transport Heritage Trust was formed in 2007 by the merger of two well established groups with similar interests and objectives.  It was awarded Charitable Status in 2008 and researches, preserves and promotes Leicester and Leicestershire’s road transport heritage covering all forms of road transport, be it bus, coach, tram, truck, van, car or cycles with a local connection.  People are important and the Trust is always keen to learn about those who worked on and used Leicester’s public transport to help transform the city and surrounding area. The Trust’s aspiration is to showcase the area’s rich and fascinating transport heritage in a permanent museum.  In April 2013 the Trust signed a lease with Leicester City Council for the old Edwardian Tram Depot at 453 London Road, Stoneygate, Leicester.  The plan is to apply for funding to conserve the building and transform it into a Local Transport Heritage & Research Centre.  If successful in obtaining the necessary funding, Leicester City Council has agreed to sell the freehold of the tram depot to the Trust.  The aim is to acquire another site to house the Trust’s collection of 15 vehicles which range from a 1950 Leyland PD2 double-decker to a more modern Scania L113CRL single-decker.  Members also own a further 18 vehicles with a local connection. Trust members have the opportunity to get involved in vehicle restoration, archive related work or representing the Trust at community events.  A quarterly journal ‘Leicester Wheels’ is published covering historical and topical items.

 
       

 

Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum

The Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society was founded in 1959, with the aim of preserving local vehicles of historic interest, and the collection has grown steadily over the years, the Museum now being home to over 65 vehicles – cars, buses and commercial vehicles from 8 decades.  There are also displays of transport history, including a traditional village workshop. The Museum is a modern building, fully wheelchair accessible.  Free parking is available on site (special arrangements may apply for special events).

 
       

 

London Bus Preservation Trust Limited

The world's largest collection of historic, working London buses - over 40 in total, covering a century of public transport from an 1870s horse-bus to a 1970s Leyland Titan. The exhibits are arranged in an historical timeline with period backdrops and displays of associated ephemera. Most of the buses are roadworthy and many appear regularly at Museum events and other running days. The Museum is open daily, except over Christmas, and admission is on a joint-ticket with Brooklands Museum.

 
       

 

London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum explores the heritage of London and its transport system, and the stories of the people who have travelled and worked in the city over the last 200 years. The Museum's collections include original artworks and posters that have been used to promote the city's transport over the last century, as well as outstanding examples of transport vehicles and objects that are evocative of times gone by.

 
       

 

Manchester Transport Museum Society Limited

The official Facebook group for the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester, and all of its activities. The line is jointly run by the Manchester Transport Museum Society, who own a number of vintage trams and Manchester city council. The current operating fleet at Heaton Park consists of:

*Manchester 765 - single deck 'combination' car dating from 1914 and restored locally in the 1970s

*Blackpool Brush Car 623 dating from the 1930's and made its preservation debut in January 2012 currently on loan in Blackpool

*Hull 96 A 1901 built tramcar which was our last major workshop project being completed in October 2015.

*Blackpool 619 - replica of a Blackpool & Fleetwood Tramroad vanguard built in 1987.

 
       

 

Manx Transport Trust / Jurby Transport Museum

The museum displays examples of public and commercial road transport using a combination of vehicles on loan from the Department of Community, Culture & Leisure and Douglas Corporation Transport, together with privately owned vehicles, and vehicles owned by the Trust. In addition to restoration and display, the Museum seeks to inform visitors of the Island’s transport history and to promote the necessary interest and skills to enable the maintenance and expansion of the facility for the future.

 
       
 

Medstead Depot Omnibus Group

The Medstead Depot is a storage facility. However, vehicles from Medstead Depot Omnibus Group are regularly to be seen at shows and rallies throughout the year. In addition to the vehicles listed, others belonging to members of the Aldershot & District Bus Interest Group and the Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust are associated with the group and stored on site from time to time. There is usually an open day once per year, associated with the Mid-Hants

 
       

 

Merseyside Transport Trust

The MTT's collection of former Liverpool Corporation Buses, ranging from one of the first post war AECs right though to the last bus delivered to the Corporation in 1969, is probably the country's most representative preserved collection from a municipal bus fleet.

 
       

 

Midland Road Transport Group

A purpose-built museum building housing a collection of buses and lorries fully or partially restored. Situated at the Swanwick Junction site of the Midland Railway Centre. All vehicles are privately-owned by individual preservationists who provided finance to build the museum, which was completed in 2004.

 
       

 

Mike Sutcliffe Collection

This is a private collection of 9 early Leyland buses and it is the largest collection of solid-tyred buses in the World. It includes the oldest British-built bus (1908 Leyland X2), the oldest single decker bus, and a full-sized charabanc which saw service it the First World War. They have all been authentically and immaculately restored from a very derelict condition by Mike Sutcliffe, for which he was awarded the MBE "for Services to Motor Heritage", with help from his sons and friends, his first restoration being started in 1959. All of the buses are available to be viewed by arrangement at four different premises.

 
       

 

Museum of Transport Greater Manchester

If you fancy a really interesting, unusual and enjoyable day out, why not pay a visit to Greater Manchester’s Museum of Transport? It is just like taking a trip back in time as you wander through one of Britain’s biggest collection of restored trams, buses and coaches. Your amazing time-travelling journey will take you all the way from an elaborately painted Victorian open-top horse drawn bus, to the streamlined prototype of Manchester’s Metrolink tram. In between you’ll be able to see and sit in fascinating vehicles that range from a 1920’s buses, to early trams, trolley buses and even the ‘charras’ that took Manchester folk on their outings to the coast and countryside.

 
       

 

National Tramway Museum

You may have a keen interest in trams, transport or history or may just be looking for a unique place to visit, whatever your interest there is lots to see, explore and discover and the village makes an ideal family day out in the heart of Derbyshire. Trams run to and fro every few minutes as visitors ride over the cobbles of our period street, past the original facades of historic buildings from the around the country before heading up the valley to views that will take your breath away. Hand over the old penny you are given on entry and you are free to ride the trams all day.

 
       

 

North East Bus Preservation Trust Limited

The North East Bus Preservation Trust (NEBPT) was originally formed in 1980 and is a group of over 130 bus and coach enthusiasts dedicated to preserving the vehicles and heritage of the North East of England. We currently have three buildings used for storage and workshop facilities and own 18 vehicles. During the Winter months we hold indoor meetings, with regular slide shows/videos and occasionally a guest speaker from within the transport industry. From Spring onwards we arrange evening trips in a preserved vehicle belonging to the trust, or a bus kindly offered by an owner member. Occasionally trips are taken further afield when we visit rallies and events organised by other preservation groups, e.g. Lincoln and Manchester and we are regularly to be seen at venues or running days sponsored by other transport societies. Our members receive a bi-monthly newsletter to keep them up to date with what is happening within the Trust. There is an opportunity for members to help out on a purely voluntary basis at various events that we arrange. Our main gatherings are: The North East Bus & Coach Show at the MetroCentre (May), Durham (June) and Seaburn (August Bank Holiday Monday). Although active participation is not a requirement, any help is greatly valued and appreciated.

 
       

 

North West Museum of Road Transport

Houses a collection of approximately 80 historic vehicles predominantly from the North West area, around 60 of which are on display at any one time. Also on display are several fire engines and classic cars from the 1960s and 1970s.

 
       

 

North West Vehicle Restoration Trust

The North West Vehicle Restoration Trust (NWVRT) was officially set up on the 5th August 2011 to bring together people with a common interest in saving, in the restoration of preserving historic vehicles, and associated items along with keeping restoration skills alive for future generations. In addition, we want to ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to learn, understand and enjoy our achievements in the development of historic vehicles by preventing the loss of irreplacable relics and materials by providing  accommodation and appropriate maintenance facilities for historic items to be saved. We are based in Kirkby Merseyside, our aim is to actively engage local people into the insight of the historic development of vehicles through the era's and for the general awareness to the local area of the NWVRT, what it does and its collection. The space available will also allow the development of a definitive collection that comprehensively reflects vehicle design, development and operation between the late 1940s and 1990s. The trust has recently gained local recognition of Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, in working closely with the council we have gained public awareness via the Council's free door-to-door publications of actively sociable organisations within the metropolitan area. Charitable Status: The North West Vehicle Restoration Trust is a registered charity, No. 1143261 on the English register.

 
 

Northern National Restoration Group

Our group was founded in 2006 by a group of bus enthusiasts. Since then, the group has grown into what it is today, with seven vehicles, over 10 working members and a large operating facility. Our shared interest is in preserving the transport heritage of the North East of England.
The NNRG currently own seven vehicles: Leyland National Mk2s 4681 / UPT681V and 4710 / FTN710W; Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renowns 4855 / R855 PRG and 4898 / V988 ETN; Scania L94UB/Wright Eclipse Solar 5217 / NK54 NVN; Volvo Olympian FVK 3814/S814 and Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 7076/R139 ABT. All these vehicles have played a significant part in the North East bus history.
As always, the NNRG are keen to hear from people who would like to join us. We are based in a former National Coal Board facility in Philadelphia, Houghton-le-Spring, just off the A1(M) and A19. We are a registered charity (registration number 1193235), and we rely on the generosity of our members and visitors to help fund the restoration and maintenance of our vehicle
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Oxford Bus Museum

The Oxford Bus Museum has its origins in the Oxford Bus Preservation Syndicate, established in the late 1960s.  About 20 years later, a home was found at Long Hanborough for the establishment of a museum with charitable status.  This has grown to fill the site, with dedicated museum and workshop areas, together with a visitor centre.  About 40 vehicles tell the story of how the bus developed in the Oxford area, and - in a separate building - the history of Morris Motors.  Members are welcome to participate in running the Museum, which is open throughout the year, as well as to join in restoration projects.

 
       

 

Paul and Joyce Jefford Collection

A small private collection of cars from the 1960s, 1970s and 1990s, farm tractors from the 1940s and two former Southdown Motor Services buses. GUF 727 is a 1946 Leyland PS1/1 with Eastern Coach Works body first used on express services from the Sussex coast to London and later on local bus services around Horsham, being in preservation since the early 1970s. MUF 650 is a 1953 Leyland Royal Tiger coach originally with Duple Ambassador body, sold by Southdown for further use in 1966, the chassis subsequently being exported to Malta where it received an Aquilina body in 1970 and remained in use until 2011. Repatriated for preservation as a Malta route bus in 2013.

 
       

 

Plymouth City Transport Preservation Group

The Plymouth City Transport Preservation Group was formed in July 2006.  Originally vehicles were stored at the premises of Plymouth Citybus Ltd at Milehouse and currently at the former Council depot on Outland Road.  The Group will be moving its collection later this year.  Our aim is to preserve the history of Plymouth City Transport through vehicle restoration and archiving of photos, documents and artifacts.   The Group owns 2 vehicles, while members keep a further 10 on site.  2021 should see two Leyland Atlanteans return to the road after restoration.  We have held bus rallies and conducted small bus running events around the city since 2015 as well as attending other local events.  In 2019 we were pleased to co-host a successful rally and bus running day with Citybus at their Milehouse depot where they also garage their own Plymouth heritage fleet.

 
       

 

Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society

The Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society (POPS) a registered charity which was formed in 1977, to preserve and restore vehicles of the former Potteries Motor Traction Company and its successors. Registered Charity Number 1026874. We currently have 9 vehicles in our ownership. 6 of these have been restored to a serviceable condition, whilst 3 will hopefully be restored over the next few years.

 
       

 

Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust

The origins of the Trust date back to 1972-3 when a group of friends acquired two former Ribble buses. Over the years the collection grew as an informal group whose aim was to preserve a representative selection of Ribble group buses (i.e. Ribble, Standerwick and joint operators.) In recent years the collection has expanded to include Stagecoach buses which operated in the old Ribble area. In the late 1990s charitable status was achieved, a limited company was set up and a formal membership scheme was established. At that time the Trust was also able to purchase its own premises and now has two well equipped buildings which house the collection undercover. The collection covers a large part of Ribble’s 100 year history. The oldest bus in the collection is a 1931 Leyland Lion (fully operational), the newest a 2004 Dennis Trident / Alexander. There is an archive which includes Ribble uniforms, ticket machines, timetables, publicity material etc. Although the collection is not open to the public the buses are frequently out on the road at a variety of events mainly in the north west. The Trust also organises two major events each year at Morecambe and Lytham Hall.

 
       

 

Roger Burdett Collection

A collection of post-war touring and express coaches supplemented by Midlands originated historic buses and coaches

 
       

 

Science Museum

The Science Museum at Wroughton is a Second World War maintenance airfield in Wiltshire and has been occupied by the Science Museum since the 1970s. Six original aircraft hangars house items from the science, engineering, transport and agricultural reserve collections. There is also a research store, built in 1993, which has a stable environment and is ideal for sensitive objects. These are working stores and, as such, are not open to the public except for pre-booked behind-the-scenes tours during the summer months and occasional special events.

 
       

 

Scottish Vintage Bus Museum

The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum is now the acknowledged focal point of historic bus restoration and operation in Scotland and houses, on a 49-acre site, around 170 vehicles. Most of these vehicles are of Scottish origin and are in varying levels of condition, from dilapidated to fully restored. The SVBM is run on a purely voluntary basis.  Management is undertaken by the Management Group which consists of the trustees (the museum is a registered charity) plus members whom the trustees consider to be sufficiently committed to the cause.

 
       

 

Shetland Commercial Vehicle Preservation Society

This society was set up in August 2015 to preserve and restore commercial vehicles in Shetland, with the view of setting up a permanent facility.

 
       

 

SHMD Joint Board

The company is devoted to the preservation and restoration of vehicles and artefacts of the former Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley & Dukinfield Transport & Electricity Board ("SHMD"). There are seven known surviving SHMD buses, of which two are with us, both being sole survivors of batches of six which were of designs unique to SHMD. Daimler CVG6 No. 76 is fully restored and operational, and probably the last centre-entrance double-decker built for service in Britain. Bristol RESL No. 117 is nearing the end of a protracted restoration, and of 4,629 REs built, is the only Northern Counties-bodied RE in existence.

 
       

 

South Yorkshire Transport Museum

The origins of the South Yorkshire Transport Museum can be traced back to the Sheffield Bus Museum which occupied a bay at the Tinsley Tram Sheds from 1987 until 2007. In that year there was an opportunity to relocate to a brand new building at Aldwarke, Rotherham. At the same time the decision was taken to widen the remit of the Museum and represent all forms of transport in the region. Steady progress has been made and the Museum’s regular audience is now a good mix of families and enthusiasts, young and old.

 
       

 

Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust

Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust (S&DTHT) was formed in the summer of 2000 and drew members from groups including the now defunct Southampton City Transport enthusiasts 7164 Group. The Trust works closely with Southampton City Heritage and has regular meetings to discuss the retention and preservation of interesting vehicles, and how it might support other projects with which the City Council is involved.

 
       

 

Southdown Omnibus Trust

The bus garage at Amberley is typical of a design of Southdown garages of the 1920s. It incorporates a number of components rescued from other buildings. We have a collection of restored buses and ‘tramocars’ from different eras ranging from 1908 to 1938, mainly on loan from the Southdown Omnibus Trust. The more elderly buses on display are mainly used for educational purposes during school visits and bus shows, but one of the vehicles is in use every day providing a free bus service around the site.

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stedham Garage Group

 

 
       

 

Swansea Bus Museum

Swansea Bus Museum restores, operates and displays buses that were once in regular use by public transport companies across South and West Wales. Our impressive collection mainly consists of vehicles operated by South Wales Transport (SWT) and First Cymru, together with two fine examples of London Transport Routemasters. The museum is also home to a selection of American cars, commercial vehicles and Land Rovers. Our display also includes several vehicles and artefacts belonging to the Swansea Museum Collections Centre which have been supplied on a long-term loan basis.

 
       

 

Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust

TV&GWOT is a registered charity which was established in 2008 “to advance the education of the public in the history of public road passenger transport and in particular in the history of those companies and types of vehicles operated through the Thames Valley and Great Western road transport corridors”. The Trust organises vintage bus running days (Penzance, Didcot/Reading, Kingsbridge) and long distance Royal Blue coach runs, preserves and restores a growing collection of historic buses and coaches, and has museum and archive facilities in East Berks and South Devon. There is a thriving Supporters group and many regular volunteers.  Several vehicles have been put on long term loan to the Trust (including the Trust’s flagship 1927 GWR Guy) expanding the fleet available to deliver the Trust’s objectives and public benefit in the Thames Valley and West Country. Group visits may be accommodated by prior arrangement.

 
       

 

The Bus Archive

We are a registered charity dedicated to the collection and preservation of records, photographs, publications and publicity for the road passenger transport industries – bus, coach, trolleybus and tram – and make these freely available to the public for research and education. We have an extensive collection of material going back to Victorian times including original company minute books, vehicle manufacturers’ technical drawings, timetables and publicity, full sets of Notices & Proceedings, photographs, and much more.

 
       

 

The Eastern Counties Bus Preservation Group

Formed in November 2017. The objective of the group is preserve and restore historic commercial vehicles for the advancement of historical, technical and general education, including artefacts, records of historical and general interest and educational value. Our focus & vehicles represent the era around the 1990’s era of Eastern Counties including the de regulation period - Grampian takeover leading to the formation of First Bus. We also have a large artefacts from this period including articles from Great Yarmouth Transport, Eastern Counties, First Eastern Counties, Flying Banana etc

 
       

 

The Leyland Society

The Leyland Society was formed in 1998 to cater for all those with an interest in the vehicles and history of Leyland Motors Limited (1896-1993). Membership has now grown to nearly 500 and members receive a high quality quarterly A4 sized magazine (Leyland Torque, including the Journal), together with other publications, as well as access to Society sales - please use the links on their website to find out more about membership. The Leyland Society can help vehicle owners to locate spare parts, both through Leyland Torque and through the website market place. An annual rally is organised for Leyland group vehicles and the Society has access to much rare documentation within its membership, the Society’s own archive, and courtesy of the BCVM Archive. The Society is compiling a register of preserved Leylands from its membership and various members are working on lists of Leyland production to be made available for all in due course.

 
       

 

The Provincial Society

The Provincial Society is a registered charity which has been established for all those interested in any aspect of the operations and vehicles of the former Provincial Tramways Company, the Gosport & Fareham Omnibus Company, The Provincial Bus Company and all successor and associated companies from 1870 to the present day. Two rare vehicles have been donated to the society – a wartime Guy Arab Bus-Coach double decker and the ACE Cougar with Wadham Stringer body. An annual rally is organised by the society at Stokes Bay, Gosport on the first Sunday in August.

 
       

 

The Revivist Collection

Established in 2021 by Ashley an Kirstin Blackman, York, The Revivist Collection Ltd was founded to secure a unique and varied collection of heritage buses and coaches for the future and to showcase with passion to the world the importance of preserving our transport heritage the skills that go with restoring them.

 
       
       
       

 

The Teesside 500 Group

The Teesside 500 Group was formed in 1988 for people interested in the buses and operations of Cleveland Transit and its predecessors. We were granted Charitable status in 2017 with the wider object of advancing the education of the public in the history of public transport vehicles particularly but not exclusively from the Teesside Area. To that end we now own six representative vehicles that are native to the area, ranging from a 1958 Middlesbrough Corporation Dennis Loline to a 1998 Stagecoach Transit Volvo Olympian. We organise a popular annual running day towards the end of April each year, based at the Middlesbrough landing of the iconic Transporter Bridge. We hold regular meetings on the last Tuesday of every month starting at 7.30pm at the Malleable Club, 345 Norton Road, Stockton, TS20 2PH. The meetings involve slide shows, videos and talks covering a variety of transport subjects. The high-summer meetings usually take the form of evening tours and throughout the rally season we attend many local (and not so local) transport gatherings.

 
       

 

Town & District Transport Trust

Town & District Transport Trust Ltd, located in East Lancashire are a group of individuals who aim to preserve vehicles from the past for future generations. We have a number of restoration projects underway whilst attending events with our restored projects for you to all enjoy We are a legally registered limited company (No. 10957478) and virtually all of our income is derived from our vehicle owners input & donations from events we attend. We also take our vehicles to outside events organised by other preservation groups & museums. Here at Town & District Transport Trust, we aren't just a team of fully grown adults wanting to restore history from the 1960's, we are different... we cater for everyone in this hobby. As you maybe aware we have a large selection of different buses from various eras, starting with a 1947 Guy Arab to a 2002 Scania & because of our open views on bus preservation we are now changing the face of bus preservation & making it more appealing to young people. A few bus owners/preservationists that are paying regular visits to Town & District have children that have grown up to like the atmosphere around here at Town & District and they actively want to get involved in bus restoration like their parents.. which they do a brilliant job at!

 
       

 

Transport Museum Wythall

The museum has three vehicle halls which accommodate one of the most significant collections of preserved buses in the country, plus a unique collection of battery electric road vehicles. It has the largest collection of preserved Midland Red buses and can probably make the same claim for Birmingham City Transport.  It is open to casual visitors between 11a.m. and 4.30p.m. each Saturday and Sunday between March and the end of October, and Wednesdays during local school holidays from March to October. Throughout the year there are themed Event Days when museum buses offer rides and the cafeteria and shop are open.

 
       

 

Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft

It was in late 1969 that four separate enthusiast groups - The Reading Transport Society, The Doncaster Omnibus and Light Railway Society, the West Riding Transport Society and the Notts. & Derbys. Transport Society - came together to establish a working trolleybus museum on four derelict acres of a World War Two RAF airfield at Sandtoft, near Doncaster. We now have the world's largest collection of preserved trolleybuses of which approximately half are restored and in working condition. Most of our vehicles are British but we also have examples from Europe, Canada and New Zealand. We recognise that to survive we have to appeal to a younger audience than the traditional trolleybus enthusiast and a few years ago purchased adjoining land to allow us to develop the Museum when funds permit.

 
       

 

West Country Historic Omnibus and Transport Trust

The WHOTT is actively seeking a vehicle restoration and storage centre in the West Country, devoted to the history of public and commercial road transport in the region.  In the meantime, we already operate a mobile museum within a preserved Leyland Panther bus which visits events throughout the area and have established  a secure archive in Uffculme which contains a wide range of relevant artifacts, photographs, documents and publications. The trust currently cares for 16 vehicles covering the period 1929 to 1994 including traditional half-cab single and double deck buses, coaches, minibuses and commercial vehicles. The restoration, displays and archives have been developed with the support and skills of Friends of the trust.

 
       

 

Western Isles Transport Preservation Group

The collection of vehicles can be visited at any time by prior arrangement. At present stored at a variety of locations, the group is planning to bring the collection to a common site incorporating a working museum.

 
       

 

Wigan Transport Trust

The Wigan Transport Trust was established in March 2004 from the Wigan Transport Society, which had repatriated former Wigan Corporation Panther Cub No 20 from Malta. The society also organised the successful Wigan 100 rally in September 2002, marking 100 years since the formation of Wigan Corporation Transport. Our collection comprises of former Wigan Corporation vehicles  and other items from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The collection also includes later vehicles representative of public transport in Wigan up to bus deregulation in 1986.

 
       

 

Working Omnibus Museum Project Limited

The Working Omnibus Museum Project is the charity which administers the of four separate and operationally independent bus preservation projects in Hampshire and West Sussex, who are also members of NARTM:-
City of Portsmouth Preserved Passenger Transport Depot
Medstead Depot Omnibus Group
Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust
Stedham Garage Group

 
       

 

Workington Transport Heritage Trust

WTHT is a registered charity and Company limited by guarantee. We lease two sites in which we keep our vehicles and artefacts plus several privately owned buses. We own a number of buses, fire engines and other vehicles some of which are used in community events. Many vehicles have a Cumberland Motor Services, Leyland National or Stagecoach connection. Volunteers are engaged in restoring , maintaining and operating these historic vehicles, some of which are up to class 6 standard. We take our vehicles out into the community, and have an established events programme making our activities self funding.

 
 

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