Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester

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A former North Western Road Car, two Manchester Corporation buses and one Salford Corporation all inside the Museum of Transport, Manchester and in their original liveries.

The Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester is a museum that aims to preserve and promote the public transport heritage of Greater Manchester, a metropolitan county in North West England. Owned by Transport for Greater Manchester, the museum is located in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester.

Background[edit]

The museum holds a sizeable collection, one of the largest of its kind in the UK. Due to the size of the building, some vehicles have to be kept off-site, with exhibits changed around every so often. In addition, vehicles often attend events around the country during the summer months.

The museum itself is owned by Transport for Greater Manchester, having been established at the Boyle Street site, Cheetham Hill, since 1977. The museum, which was opened to the public in a blaze of publicity two years later on 27 May 1979, was set up to actively promote interest in the history and heritage of Greater Manchester's local passenger transport system. The day-to-day running of the museum is carried out by volunteers from the Greater Manchester Transport Society (initially the SELNEC Transport Society).

The museum collection is constantly developing and restoration work can be often be seen by visitors giving the display a lively, working atmosphere. In the future, the collection of vehicles and other artefacts relating to the roads of Greater Manchester will continue to grow, with the Museum further developing its facilities as well as restoring items which have already been received but which remain in derelict condition. With Transport for Greater Manchester's continuing assistance, it is hoped the museum will continue to be a focal point and a major attraction of its type.

The museum became a Registered Museum in May 2003, with the GMTS having become a Registered Charity back in 1980.

Collection[edit]

The museum is home to around 100 buses, of which 70 or so are kept on the site. The remaining vehicles are kept elsewhere to allow for restoration work to be carried out and so other vehicles can be exhibited.

AEC

2 AEC Matador Recovery vehicles.

AEC Regent I Operator: Salford Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 235. Registration: BBA 560. Built in 1939.

AEC Regent III Operator: Bury Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 177. Registration: BEN 177. Built in 1952.

AEC Regent V Operator: A Mayne & Son. Fleetcode: unknown. Registration: 8860 VR. Built in 1964.

AEC Regent V Operator: Rochdale Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 280. Registration: NDK 980. Built in 1956.

AEC Reliance Operator: Yelloway. Fleetcode: unknown. Registration: YDK 590. Built in 1961.

AEC Reliance Operator: Yelloway. Fleetcode: unknown. Registration: HVU 244N. Built in 1975.

AEC Renown Operator: Leigh Corporation Motors. Fleetcode: 15. Registration: PTC 114C. Built in 1965.

AEC Routemaster Operator: London Transport. Fleetcode: RM 1414. Registration: 414 CLT. Built in 1963.

Atkinson

Atkinson PD746 Operator: SHMD Board. Fleetcode: 70. Registration: UMA 370. Built in 1955.

Bedford

Bedford OB Operator: Warburton Bros Ltd. Fleetcode: unknown. Registration: HTF 586. Built in 1947.

Bristol

Bristol K5G Operator: North Western. Fleetcode: 432. Registration: AJA 152. Built in 1939.

Bristol L5G Operator: North Western. Fleetcode: 270. Registration: BJA 425. Built in 1946.

Brush

Operator: Manchester Corporation Tramways. Fleetcode: 173. Built in 1901.

Operator: South Lancashire Tramways. Fleetcode: 65. Built in 1906.

Crossley

Crossley DD42/7 Operator: Stockport Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 321. Registration: EDB 575. Built in 1951.

Crossley DD42/8 Operator: Oldham Corporation Passenger Transport. Fleetcode: 368. Registration: FBU 827. Built in 1950.

Crossley DD42/8S Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 2150. Registration: JND 791. Built in 1949.

Crossley Dominion TDD64/1 Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 1250. Registration: JVU 755. Built in 1951.

Crossley Empire TDD42/2 Operator: Ashton-under-Lyne Corporation Passenger Transport. Fleetcode: 80 Registration: LTC 774. Built in 1950.

Crossley Mancunian Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 436. Registration: ANB 851. Built in 1934.

Daimler

Daimler CVG6 Operator: Salford Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 112. Registration: TRJ 112. Built in 1962.

Daimler CVG6K Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 4632. Registration: 4632 VM. Built in 1963.

Daimler Fleetline CRG6LX Operator: North Western. Fleetcode: 174. Registration: DDB 174C. Built in 1965.

Foden

Foden PVSC6 Operator: R Bullock. Fleetcode: unknown. Registration: LMA 284. Built in 1949.

Freight Rover

Freight Rover Sherpa 350 Operator: The Bee Line Buzz Company. Fleetcode: 63 Registration: D63 NOF. Built in 1986.

Guy

Guy Arab IV Operator: Lancashire United Transport. Fleetcode: 27. Registration: 122 JTD. Built in 1959.

Karrier

Karrier Recovery vehicle Operator: Stockport Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 106. Registration: YM 9410. Built in 1926.

Lacre

Lacre Roadsweeper Operator: Manchester Corporation Cleansing Department. Fleetcode: 156. Registration: JNA 256. Built in 1948.

Leyland

Leyland Atlantean AN68/1R Operator: SELNEC. Fleetcode: 7001. Registration: VNB 101L. Built in 1972.

Leyland Atlantean AN68D/1R Operator: Greater Manchester Transport. Fleetcode: 8706. Registration: A706 LNC. Built in 1984.

Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 3629. Registration: UNB 629. Built in 1960.

Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 Operator: Bury Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 116. Registration: REN 116. Built in 1963.

Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 Operator: Salford Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 214. Registration: DBA 214C. Built in 1965.

Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 1001. Registration: HVM 901F. Built in 1968.

Leyland Atlantean PDR2/1 Operator: SELNEC. Fleetcode: 1205. Registration: SRJ 328H. Built in 1970.

Leyland Beaver 12IB Operator: Beverley's Beers. Fleetcode: 6. Registration: AHL 622. Built in 1946.

Leyland Leopard PSU4/1R Operator: Stockport Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 408. Registration: KDB 408F. Built in 1968.

Leyland Lion PLSC1 Operator: Ribble. Fleetcode: C295. Registration: CK 3825. Built in 1927.

Leyland Lion PLSC3 Operator: Ribble. Fleetcode: 957. Registration: VY 957. Built in 1929.

Leyland National 1151/2R/0202 Operator: SELNEC. Fleetcode: EX30. Registration: TXJ 507K. Built in 1972.

Leyland Olympian ONLXB/1R Operator: Greater Manchester Transport. Fleetcode: 3065. Registration: B65 PJA. Built in 1984.

Leyland Panther Cub Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 74. Registration: BND 874C. Built in 1965.

Leyland Royal Tiger PSU1/13 Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 25. Registration: NNB 125. Built in 1953.

Leyland Tiger Cub PSUC1/12 Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 55. Registration: 3655 NE. Built in 1962.

Leyland Tiger PS1 Operator: Ramsbottom Urban District Council Transport. Fleetcode: 17. Registration: HTB 656. Built in 1946.

Leyland Tiger PS1 Operator: W Alexander & Sons. Fleetcode: PA164. Registration: CWG 206. Built in 1950.

Leyland Tiger TS2 Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 28. Registration: VR 5742. Built in 1930.

Leyland Tiger TS7 Operator: Stockport Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 185. Registration: JA 7585. Built in 1935.

Leyland Titan PD1/3 Operator: Oldham Corporation Passenger Transport. Fleetcode: 246. Registration: DBU 246. Built in 1947.

Leyland Titan PD1/3 Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 3166. Registration: JNA 467. Built in 1949.

Leyland Titan PD2/1 Operator: North Western. Fleetcode: 224. Registration: CDB 224. Built in 1947.

Leyland Titan PD2/1 Operator: Stockport Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 308. Registration: EDB 562. Built in 1951.

Leyland Titan PD2/12 Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 3460. Registration: PND 460. Built in 1956.

Leyland Titan PD2/13 Operator: Bolton Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 77. Registration: JBN 153. Built in 1956.

Leyland Titan PD2/20 Operator: Oldham Corporation Passenger Transport. Fleetcode: 394. Registration: NBU 494. Built in 1957.

Leyland Titan PD2/3 Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 3245. Registration: JND 646. Built in 1951.

Leyland Titan PD2/30 Operator: Wigan Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 115. Registration: DJP 754. Built in 1958.

Leyland Titan PD2/34 Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 3520. Registration: TNA 520. Built in 1958.

Leyland Titan PD2/37 Operator: Ashton-under-Lyne Corporation Passenger Transport. Fleetcode: 44. Registration: PTE 944C. Built in 1965.

Leyland Titan PD2/4 Operator: Bolton Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 2. Registration: CWH 717. Built in 1948.

Leyland Titan PD2/40 Operator: Manchester Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 3496. Registration: TNA 496. Built in 1958.

Leyland Titan PD2/40 Operator: Salford Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 254. Registration: FRJ 254D. Built in 1966.

Leyland Titan PD3/14 Operator: Stockport Corporation Transport. Fleetcode: 71. Registration: KJA 871F. Built in 1968.

Leyland Titan PD3/14 Operator: Ramsbottom Urban District Council Transport. Fleetcode: 11. Registration: TTD 386H. Built in 1969.

Leyland Titan PD3/14


Also in the collection are two trolleybuses from Manchester and Ashton-under-Lyne corporations, the prototype Manchester Metrolink tram, and a Manchester Corporation tram from 1901. There is also a host of other related exhibits, from old signs to uniforms - and several items used by Warner Bros. during filming of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (Stan the conductor's equipment).

There is also an extensive archive collection, featuring old timetables, maps, books, posters, manuals and plans - visitors to the archive need to notify the museum in advance.

Events[edit]

The museum holds a number of regular events throughout the year. Full details on the official website www.gmts.co.uk

  • March: Spring Transport Festival - Market day for specialist retailers and booksellers.
  • April: London Bus Day - Preserved London buses on display.
  • May: Themed event.
  • September: Trans-Lancs transport Show - held at Heaton Park, north Manchester. The event is staged on the first Sunday in September.
  • October: Themed event.
  • December: The Christmas Cracker - Market day for specialist retailers and booksellers.

During most of these events a heritage bus service from Manchester Victoria Station to the museum runs every 20 minutes between 09:50 and 17:00.

Location[edit]

The Museum of Transport is located approximately two miles north of Manchester City Centre, close to the junction of the A665 (Cheetham Hill Road) and the A6010 (Queens Road). It is at the north end of Boyle Street, adjoining the First Greater Manchester bus garage. The Queens Road Metrolink station on the Manchester Metrolink is 200m away. Bus services 88/89, 135 and 151 stop nearby.

The museum is signposted when you approach the Manchester Fort shopping centre

The Museum is open from 10am to 4.30pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays (except at Christmas and New Year), plus every day during August.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°30′10″N 2°14′00″W / 53.5029°N 2.2332°W / 53.5029; -2.2332