Wirral Bus & Tram Show 2015

Tomorrow is the 18th Wirral Bus & Tram Show, this year it is on Sunday 4th October 2015, starting at 10 am and finishing at 4 pm.

Three Wallasey Corporation liveried buses at the 2014 Wirral Bus & Tram Show.

A selection of Wallasey buses at the 2014 Wirral Bus & Tram Show.

The Wirral Bus & Tram Show is Wirral’s largest FREE family show and one of the biggest FREE transport shows in the North West. Taylor Street museum will have trade stands, stalls & show stands. Shore Road car park will have a fantastic array of preserved, restored and new buses. At Woodside Ferry, there will be displays of classic cars, military vehicles & motorcycles.

There will be a 4 car tram service operating throughout the day running from Taylor Street to Woodside and back via Egerton Bridge and Pacific Road. A small fare is charged on the tram service for the upkeep of the tramway infrastructure and vehicles. It is well worth the small charge for a trip to Woodside Ferry (were the Classic Car display will be held) and back to the Museum.

For the first time for those wanting more than one tram ride throughout the day, there will be an all day ticket available to purchase on the day priced at just £5.00.

Popular FREE excursions will continue to run to favourite places, such as New Brighton, West Kirby, Port Sunlight, Eastham Ferry and Moreton Shore, as well as a Mystery Tour. Times for these services will be included in the programme booklet on the day.

Due to the ever increasing popularity of the Wirral Bus & Tram Show and the amount of visiting Buses, cars and other transport related vehicles, a NEW 4th Showground has been made available for the display of visiting Buses. The NEW 4th Showground is the site of the former Woodside Railway Station, what is currently the Woodside Bus Layover at Woodside Ferry Terminal. This massive open dedicated space can accommodate a large number of vehicles and will be a great addition of valued show space to what is vast becoming the biggest annual show yet!

With thanks to Arriva North West, who will be showcasing 3 buses on the day, and to Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire who will be showcasing one of their brand new Stagecoach Gold buses.

See you there!

A Technelogical Advance

We know it has been a while since we posted here on our website, we’ve been taking care of things running behind the scenes to make this years Wirral Bus & Tram Show run as smooth as ever, as well as already putting motions in place for some more events for the 2016 rally calendar. We’ll be publishing details of this year’s Wirral Bus & Tram Show shortly.


Our recent trips have included the Trans Lancs Rally at Heaton Park in Manchester – we took Leyland Atlantean 1070 to this before it was due to take its annual MOT test (which she gladly passed on Saturday 12th September). Members of the 201 Bus Group helped out with stewarding at the launch of Liverpool Corporation Baby Grand Tram 245 on Saturday 12th September.


Sunday 13th September we saw ourselves once again taking part in the Merseyside Transport Trusts annual South Liverpool Running Day in Garston, for a change we decided to take Leyland Atlantean 1 to this event, primarily because we’ve not taken her over to this event before (perhaps next year we’ll consider taking Birkenhead 10).

Free WiFi

As many of you will know our buses are enriched in history, but we feel technological advances can’t leave our buses behind, that’s why this year we’re trialling free WiFi on board our vintage buses – we believe we’re the first bus preservation group to and we’re quite proud of it too! Unlike some bus companies, our WiFi is totally unlimited – letting you catch up with the latest fluffy kitten videos on YouTube or catching the latest episode of EastEnders on iPlayer.


Our free WiFi works much in the same way as a mobile phone and at times and in certain circumstances, can be subject to the same difficulties that a mobile phone may encounter. Variables such as tall buildings or structures, geographic features like hills or valleys, weather conditions, temperatures, electrical or radio interference and the number of mobile devices connected to a cell tower or the router itself can result in differing user experiences or levels of service.

Birkenhead, Hooton & Chester Classic Bus Running Day

We’re pleased to announce the first Crosville, Birkenhead & Wallasey Joint Running Day which will be held at RAF Hooton Park (off Junction 6 on the M53) on Sunday 24th May 2015 from 10am to 4pm.

There will be a selection of stalls, a selection of free buses running from Birkenhead town centre to Hooton and Hooton to Chester city centre along a 20 mile combined route using our own three vehicles as well as visitingvehicles.

Light refreshments will also be available at the Hooton site as well as vintage aircraft cockpit sections, aviation displays and military vehicles.

FFM 135C, A323 GLV & FBG 910

There will be some 20 buses on display and used on our free service from Birkenhead (opp Conway Park Station) to Hooton Park and Chester city centre, there will be excursions to Parkgate (famous for Fish & Chips or homemade Ice Cream), Eastham Ferry and there will be a shuttle bus service to/from Hooton Station (ideal for connections to Merseyrail).

So watch this space, as plenty more details about the day will be revealed over the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, if you are stall holder or vehicle owner, and you are interested in coming along, or you are just interested in finding out more about the day, please feel free to contact John Nolan on 0151 639 4929, alternatively you can Email John Nolan by clicking this link.

Bus Timetables

Feeder from Liverpool Victoria Street to Hooton via Birkenhead at approx. 09:30 returns from Chester at approx 15:45


Buses from opposite Conway Park Merseyrail Station (Birkenhead) to Hooton Park

09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30 & 14:30


Buses from Hooton Park to Conway Park Merseyrail Station (Birkenhead)

10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 & 16:00


Buses from Hooton Park to Chester Bus Exchange

10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 14:15 & 15:00


Buses from Chester Bus Exchange to Hooton Park

10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 13:45, 14:45 & 15:45


A frequent service will operate to Hooton Merseyrail Station at frequent intervals from 10am to 4pm.


Excursions will run to Eastham Ferry and Parkgate (see programme for details).


Times and Location

Time: 10am to 4pm

Site Location: The Hangers, Airfield Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 1BQ

Wirral Bus & Tram Show 2014

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.

An AEC Regent III with a Weymann body registered GB-21-07 from Lisbon in Portugal along with Lisbon Tram 730

An AEC Regent III with a Weymann body registered GB-21-07 from Lisbon in Portugal along with Lisbon Tram 730

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!

Built at Workington Day

The North West Vehicle Restoration Trust celebrated all things built at Leyland’s Workington factory on Sunday 10th August 2014, with no less than 10 vehicles taking part in the days “running day” style event. The weather, despite cold and raining didn’t stop visitors flocking to the event to celebrate their combined passion for vehicles built by Leyland in a now gone by age. The 201 Bus Group proudly presented two of their Leyland’s for display at the depot, namely MCW bodied Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 FHF 451 (Wallasey 1) and Massey bodied Leyland Titan PD2/40 FBG 910 (Birkenhead 10).

A line up of Leyland buses taking part in the cavalcade to mark the end of the day celebrating vehicles built at Workington.

A line up of Leyland buses taking part in the cavalcade to mark the end of the day celebrating vehicles built at Workington.

Leyland’s purpose built plant at Workington opened in 1971 where production of the then revolutionary Leyland National, in partnership with the National Bus Company, commenced. The plant still survives to this day, now split between Stagecoach in Cumbria as one of their depots in the area, and the other half belonging to the haulage firm Eddie Stobarts. During its 22 years as an operational manufacturing facility, many different types were produced en masse for both UK and international markets, right up until its closure in 1993, following takeover by Volvo.

During the following years, the factory went from strength to strength as Leyland seen marked success in the industry, with operators buying the National, and it’s successor, the National 2, in their thousands. Their double deck Leyland Titan vehicle also had production transferred to Workington after the first examples were bodied at Park Royal’s. Production of the Titan ceased in 1984/5, with the National swiftly following suit, the last examples being delivered new to London Transport and Halton Transport respectively. The last National C49 OCM was in use on the day. Workington was also home to the production of another one of Leyland’s new concept, the railbus. The idea soon developed into the Pacer, and later the Sprinter, types of train, which saw large success amongst operators in the UK.

A new era then begun at Workington as de-regulation was nearing,  following an extended period of success from the 70’s and continuing into the 80’s, they consolidated their empire. With production of all Leyland Olympians transferring from the Bristol plant that had once produced Lodekka’s and VR’s up to Workington. They were produced alongside the replacement for the National, the Lynx. Leyland also expanded their product range, manufacturing a luxury version of their successful bus and coach chassis, the Tiger. Named the Tiger Doyen, it introduced a new element of comfort to coach travel at the time, moving on from the previous wood effect formica covering all of the interior that was commonplace, and replacing it is all with soft trim, as well as a spacious comfortable interior, while still offering plenty of luggage space for the travelling commuter. Sadly, it was a design that was short lived, and didn’t see the success that it perhaps deserved.

Following deregulation, Leyland’s success continued, though not to the extent that it was in earlier days. Sales of the Olympian still made it the most successful decker of the time, while sales of the Lynx, and later the Lynx 2, continued at a steady rate, although nowhere near matching the National. Come the early 90’s, Leyland began to struggle in an ever-advancing and competitive market, with sales falling, the inevitable eventually happened, and Leyland sold out to Volvo in 1993. The Olympian continued to be the most successful selling double decker for a number of years following, before production finally ceased in 1999; it was widely considered the Olympian was the main reason for Volvo’s buyout of an otherwise failing manufacturer. The Lynx, despite Leylands once high hopes for a bus that could have been so much more than it turned out to be, wasn’t so fortunate, and following the last examples manufactured and being delivered to Halton Transport, production ceased, being replaced by the Volvo B10B.

Leyland left behind a long and interesting legacy, much of it as a result of it’s years spent producing quality products at Workington. Come along to this day to see all that was good about those years, and sample the products of one of the most famous manufacturers of the 20th Century.

Check out the North West Vehicle Restoration Trust’s website at nwvrt.co.uk.

Welcome new members!

Great news folks! We’ve had a recent surge in new memberships to the 201 Bus Group, with that, we’d like to thank everyone who’s taken their time to join up as fully paid up members to the group, membership cards will be issued to you all in the near future.

A group like ours relies on memberships and continued donations as well as running our sales stand to keep us going, without our dedicated members we’d probably not be where we are today.

To become a member of the 201 Bus Group, click here to visit our Membership page and download our application form.

Video: Leyland Atlantean B926 KWM

We’d like to say a big thank you to one of our drivers, Kenneth Fowler, who has for the last couple of years driven our trio of vehicles around the North West and indeed into North Wales taking our members to and from events.

He has taken the decision to hang up his boots from driving buses after our visit to the North West Museum of Road Transport on Sunday, he will of course still be joining us as a passenger in the future on our many trips around the north West.