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Coordinates: 53°23′46″N 3°01′09″W / 53.3961°N
Wirral Transport Museum is a museum situated 1 mile 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, bikes, and a fire engine.
It also includes views of ongoing projects in the museum's
workshops, a 26 feet long model railway layout
and a reconstructed 1930s garage scene.
In 2009, as part of its Strategic Asset Review, owners Wirral Borough Council
plan 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."
The tramway collection was set up in collaboration with
volunteers from Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society. The
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. The museum
volunteers and its staff look forward to developing the museum
further from 2010, when it is expected a new more forward looking
owner will take over.
Tramcar 69, which bears the name of 'George Francis Train &
Phileas Fogg', received a new 'Prenton style' livery in 2005. 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).
- BG 8557, a 1943 Guy Arab (324) rebodied in 1953 (242). Now
restored with help from Paul Anderson / Home front funding, 1BG
- BG 9225, a 1946 Leyland PD1/1a (105). Restored with support of
Ovaltine and match
funding, 1BG Project.
- RCM 943, a 1964 Leyland Leopard L1 (93). Restored by Wirral
Museum / Hamilton Quarter funding.
- GCM 152E, a 1967 Leyland PD2/37 (152). Restored with Hamilton
Quarter funding, Wirral Museums / 201 & 1BG Project.
- 1951 Leyland PD2/1 AHF 850 (54). Preserver Cedric Greenwood
(1973). Funding purchased New Wallasey, 1BG Project.
- 1954 Leyland PD2/10 CHF 656 (106). Preserver Mayers.
Restoration funding from New Wallasey, Wirral Museums 201
Crosville Motor Services
- 1960 Bristol / ECW FLG (319 PFM) Preserved by 1BG / N Moore /
Wirral Museums (2007)
- London Routemaster 101 CLT (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 Ghosttours.com. RM1101 has reverted to its KFF 367
- London Transport Daimler Fleetline (DMS 1692). Purchased by
Wirral Local Education Authority in 1998, it was previously used as
a mobile classroom. Withdrawn in April 2009. Now to be found
operatiing as a mobile church/youth club at Ellesmere Port
- Chester City 75 Open Top ex 54 Daimler Fleetline OFM 957 K.
Sold to North West Museum of Transport in January 2009.
- Leyland Olympian F 362 WSC 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
- Operator Licence held National / Standard (2) Transport
Manager: Robert Tennant.
- Crosville MS18 1949 Bedford Beagle. Converted Mobile Office a
1BG Project funding needed.
- Liverpool A344 1949 AEC Regent. Preservers Bill Barlow / David
Forrest. Transferred to Wirral Transport Museum in 2006.