Wirral Transport Museum

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Coordinates: 53°23′46″N 3°01′09″W / 53.3961°N 3.0192°W / 53.3961; -3.0192

Wirral Transport Museum
Wirral Transport Museum, Taylor Street, Birkenhead - geograph.org.uk - 1433326.jpg
Wallasey Corporation tram No. 78 in the tramshed, with Hong Kong tram No. 69 to the rear.
Established 1995
Location Taylor Street, Birkenhead,
Merseyside. CH41 1BG
United Kingdom
Type Transport museum
Collection size Trams, buses, other vehicles, static displays, model railway
Website Wirral Transport Museum
Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society

Wirral Transport Museum is a museum situated approximately 0.5 miles (800 m) from the Mersey Ferry service at Woodside, Birkenhead, England.

A vintage tram service links the museum and the ferry at certain times. Admission into the museum is free with a broad selection of vintage and classic vehicles, including trams, buses, cars, motorcycles, mopeds, bikes, and a fire engine. It also includes views of ongoing projects in the museum's workshops, a 26 feet long model railway layout, a reconstructed 1930s garage scene and various other transport-related static exhibits.

History[edit]

The museum was established in 1995 as the tram shed for the Wirral Tramway. In 2009, as part of its Strategic Asset Review, owners Wirral Borough Council planned to dispose of the museum, transferring it to a Community Development Trust. It recommended that "... the specialist role of the Transport Museum be protected as far as possible."[1] By 2014, the council was in discussions to hand over management of the museum to a volunteer organisation.[2] The museum volunteers and its staff look forward to developing the museum further.

In 2011, the museum welcomed Ken Dodd, who took a ride on one of the trams for a BBC documentary.[3]

Trams[edit]

Liverpool tram No. 245, outside the museum at Taylor Street in Birkenhead

The tramway collection was set up in collaboration with volunteers from Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society.[4] The Wirral Tramway commenced service in April 1995 with the Hong Kong-built, 1948-style units. Operated under contract by Blackpool Tramways for Wirral Borough Council, who took overall control in 2005.

Hong Kong tramcar 69, which bears the name of George Francis Train & Phileas Fogg, received a new 'Prenton style' livery in 2005. Hong Kong tramcar 70, named Thomas Brassey after the well known 19th century railroad builder, has been painted in a fictional 'Birkenhead Blue' livery (which was only ever carried by the town's bus fleet after 1934).

Liverpool 245, a Baby Grand owned by National Museums Liverpool but kept at Birkenhead since 2006, was restored to operational use by the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society.[5] This was funded with the help of a £50,000 lottery heritage fund grant in 2010, with completion of the restoration in 2014.[6]

Other operational trams of the fleet include Birkenhead 20, Wallasey 78, Liverpool 762 and Lisbon 730.[7] Meanwhile, horse-drawn tram Liverpool 43 is on display within the museum.[8]

Buses[edit]

1943 Guy Arab

The Technical Custodian held a National / Standard (2) Operator Licence. On his retirement in January 2014 the entitlement for the museum to use vehicles on a hire and reward basis ceased.

Birkenhead Corporation[edit]

  • BG 8557, a 1943 Guy Arab (324) rebodied in 1953 (242).[9] Now restored with help from Paul Anderson / Home front funding, 1BG Project
  • BG 9225, a 1946 Leyland Titan PD1/1a (No. 105).[10] Restored with support of Ovaltine and match funding, 1BG Project.
  • RCM 493, a 1964 Leyland Leopard L1 (No. 93).[11] Restored by Wirral Museum / Hamilton Quarter funding.
  • GCM 152E, a 1967 Leyland Titan PD2/37 (No. 152).[12] Restored with Hamilton Quarter funding, Wirral Museums / 201 & 1BG Project.

Wallasey Corporation[edit]

  • AHF 850, a 1951 Leyland Titan PD2/1 (No. 54).[13] Preserver Cedric Greenwood (1973). Funding purchased New Wallasey, 1BG Project.
  • CHF 565, a 1954 Leyland Titan PD2/10[14] (No. 106). Preserver Mayers. Restoration funding from New Wallasey, Wirral Museums 201 project.

Crosville Motor Services[edit]

Other waiting projects[edit]

  • Crosville MS18 1949 Bedford Beagle. Converted Mobile Office a 1BG Project funding needed.
  • HKF 820, a 1949 AEC Regent III, Liverpool A344.[16] Preservers Bill Barlow / David Forrest. Transferred to Wirral Transport Museum in 2006.

Former vehicles displayed[edit]

  • 101 CLT, a London AEC Routemaster (RM 1101). Purchased in 1994 via A1A Travel and restored with Hamilton Quarter funding. Withdrawn in April 2009, and is now to be found operating back on London streets with theghostbustours.com. RM1101 has reverted to its KFF 367 registration.[17]
  • THM 692M, a London Transport Daimler Fleetline (DMS 1692), MCW bodywork.[18] Purchased by Wirral Local Education Authority in 1998, it was previously used as a mobile classroom. Withdrawn in April 2009. Now to be found operating as a mobile church/youth club at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
  • OFM 957K, a Daimler Fleetline, Chester City 75 Open Top ex 54. Sold to the North West Museum of Road Transport in January 2009.
  • F362 WSC, a Leyland Olympian, Alexander 81 seat bodywork. Operational since March 2009, the vehicle was re-registered as 101 CLT on 25 April 2009. Number previously donated back to RM 1101. This vehicle replaced the Millennium bus (DMS 1692). In April 2012 It was re-registered F362 WSC and the bus placed into preservation with a Yorkshire group. Routemaster Registration 101 CLT (from RM1101 now KFF 367), was exchanged for Ribble PD3 1841 registration TCK 841 and in line with museum policy its classic bus fleet continue to display their original registrations.

Static and other exhibits[edit]

A model of one of the former Bidston Dock cranes

Numerous static or semi-static exhibits are on display at the museum. These include an example model of one of the cranes at the former Bidston Dock, model buses, model trams and a model of the former Mersey ferry SS Thurstaston.[19][20] A 26 feet (7.9 m) long OO gauge model railway layout, a reconstructed 1930s garage scene and a shop scene are also present.[21]

Several vintage cars,[22] including an Austin 1800 dating to 1970,[23] an Austin 7,[24] a Morris Minor Traveller,[25] a Triumph Dolomite 1300[26] and a 1946 Wolseley 14-series police car[27][28] are on display.

Also on display are various vintage motorcycles,[29] including a BSA Bantam,[30] a Douglas,[31] a 1956 BSA C10L,[32] a 1938 Norton 16H[33] and a 1964 Honda CB92.[34] Meanwhile, mopeds on display include a Yamaha QT50[35] and a 1967 Honda P50.[36]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Council approves Strategic Asset Review, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, 16 January 2009, retrieved 19 June 2009 
  2. ^ "Uncertain future for Wirral museums". museums Association. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ken Dodd takes nostalgic Wirral Transport Museum tram trip for BBC documentary". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Wirral Transport Museum & Tramway, retrieved 19 June 2009 
  5. ^ "Liverpool No.245". mtps.co.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Liverpool No.245 Restoration Progress Report" (PDF). mtps.co.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Birkenhead Heritage Tramway". britishtramsonline.co.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "SJ3289 : Liverpool Tram No.43, Wirral Transport Museum, Birkenhead". Geograph Britain & Ireland. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Birkenhead 242 - 1943 Guy Arab Massey BG8557". Flickr. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "BG9225_26072014". Flickr. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "RCM493_26072014". Flickr. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Has anyone seen the engine?". Flickr. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "AHF850_26072014". Flickr. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "CHF 565". Flickr. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "319PFM_26072014a". Flickr. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Liverpool A344 - 1949 AEC Regent III Metro Cammell HKF820". Flickr. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "The Ghost Bus Tours KFF 367". Flickr. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "THM692M". Flickr. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Wirral Transport Museum.". Flickr. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "SJ3289: SS Thurstaston model, Wirral Transport Museum, Birkenhead". Geograph Britain & Ireland. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "Transport Museum". Wirral Council. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. 
  22. ^ "Wirral Tramway & Wirral Transport Museum". visitwirral.com. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "1970 Austin 1800 UVR1". Flickr. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  24. ^ "Austin Seven EP5987". Flickr. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  25. ^ "THREE OLD VETERANS". Flickr. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  26. ^ "SJ3289 : Triumph Dolomite 1300, Wirral Transport Museum, Birkenhead". Geograph Britain & Ireland. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  27. ^ "1946 Wolseley police car JP5583". Flickr. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  28. ^ "Vintage Police Car". Flickr. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  29. ^ "Wirral Transport Museum". Flickr. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  30. ^ "B.S.A. BANTAM". Flickr. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  31. ^ "SJ3289 : Douglas motorcycle, Wirral Transport Museum, Birkenhead". Geograph Britain & Ireland. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  32. ^ "SJ3289 : 1956 BSA C10L motorbike, Wirral Transport Museum, Birkenhead". Geograph Britain & Ireland. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  33. ^ "SJ3289 : 1938 Norton 16H motorcycle, Wirral Transport Museum, Birkenhead". Geograph Britain & Ireland. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  34. ^ "SJ3289 : 1964 Honda CB92 motorbike, Wirral Transport Museum, Birkenhead". Geograph Britain & Ireland. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  35. ^ "SJ3289 : Yamaha QT50 moped, Wirral Transport Museum, Birkenhead". Geograph Britain & Ireland. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  36. ^ "SJ3289 : 1967 Honda P50 moped, Wirral Transport Museum, Birkenhead". Geograph Britain & Ireland. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 

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