The annual Wirral Bus & Tram Show this year is on Sunday 5th October 2014, the show is one of the largest FREE transport shows in the North West. The show starts at 10am, finishes around 4pm and is laid out over two main sites.
We’ve listed everything there is to know about the Bus & Tram show for this years event, if you’ve still got questions please leave a comment below.
This year marks the seventeenth Wirral Bus & Tram Show, as with every year there is a great focus with the buses. These include our three buses, Birkenhead 10 (FBG 910) which is a Leyland PD2/40 chassis married to a Wigan-built Massey body, Wallasey 1 (FHF 451) which is a Leyland Atlantean PDR1 which is married to a Metro-Cammell body, it is argued by many that it’s fame to claim is it’s the first production Leyland Atlantean, and finally MPTE 1070 (B926 KWM), a Leyland Atlantean married to an Alexander body and it’s fame to claim is it’s the last standard length production Leyland Atlantean for use in the United Kingdom.
Other vehicles from the Wirral Transport Museum are also presented and used on local free bus services as well as specially organised timetabled excursions, but more about them later. Some buses are still undergoing restoration, they can be seen at the Wirral Transport Museum where you can see the ongoing restoration of various vehicles.
The show attracts visiting vehicles from private owners of vintage buses through to local operators showing their latest additions to their fleets too, most entries are mainly from around the North West bus some as far as Yorkshire and the Midlands are also present at the show, all of which are parked up on the Shore Road site with approximately 45 buses on display there.
Crosville was a vital part of Wirral transport life for decades, a special excursion to West Kirby will run at some point throughout the day. Potteries Motor Traction is also another note worthy operation that previously operated in the area, in previous years a wide variety of vehicles have been displayed representing the company.
We’re delighted to announce that due to last years superb loadings on our free half-hourly service connecting the show with the delightful seaside town of New Brighton, it will once again be running to the town at a half-hourly frequency again this year.
Trams also play a very big part of the show, every year the show boasts a four tram service, the line is just under 1 mile long, and a section of the track follows the very first part of the street tramway all them 150 years ago, some of the other trams including Warrington 2 and Liverpool Corporation (Baby Grand) 245 are undergoing restoration by the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society can be seen at the Transport Museum at Taylor Street. A small charge applies to ride the tram service for the upkeep of the tramway infrastructure and vehicles.
The collection is somewhat varied, from local preserved tramcars from Birkenhead, Liverpool and Wallasey Corporation Tramways then a fine example of a Lisbon tram that was adapted to run on the standard gauge track rather than the 900mm gauge used in Lisbon. The two more modern examples were built specifically for the Birkenhead Heritage Tramway by Hong Kong Tramways in 1992. They both had a spell of operation in Blackpool before arriving on the Wirral and are the mainstay of the operating fleet.
At the museum there is a wide variety of vintage motorcycles, a model railway layout, vintage garage scene, along with sales stands selling all sorts of bus memorabilia such as DVD’s of bygone buses, trams and trains and plenty of other interesting things too.
So all that is left to say is see you there!