About the Spring Heritage Bus Running Day
About 25 miles from Manchester is the city of St. Helens. Once a centre for coal mining and glassmaking, it is home to the North West Museum of Road Transport, where every spring the Spring Heritage Bus Running Day is held to let people experience the joy of riding on preserved heritage buses.
The main event of the day is riding the historical buses around St. Helens to let your senses experience a time from the past.
Most of your time will be spent visiting the Museum with its amazing collections of museum owned and privately owned buses, firefighting equipment, emergency vehicles, and vintage cars. Aside from the vehicles the museum has a library with over 1000 articles, books and other historical references. Workshops in the rear of the building are where teams of volunteers gather to restore the vehicles and keep them running. The oldest motor vehicle in the museum is a ‘La France’, built in 1914 as a fire engine with a 14.5-litre petrol engine (For comparison, a 2019 Jaguar XF petrol engine is about 2 litres).
North West Museum of Road Transport
The Museum building dates to 1881 when it was built to hold the horse-drawn trams of that era. Equine power was replaced by steam trams, then electric streetcars, and finally trolleybuses and motor buses, but the building continued to house public transport vehicles until 1985 when it was converted into a museum. Lack of funding and the building’s run-down condition caused the museum’s closure in 1994 until its re-opening in 2006. Funds raised will go to help keep the museum open and the vintage buses running.
Entry To The Event
The Museum is open from mid-February until Mid-December on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The hours may be different for special events like the Spring Bus Running, so please check with the organisers for the exact time. The adult entry fee to the Museum is £4.00 and £2.50 for accompanied children and the disabled. A family ticket is £12.50. The bus rides are free but remember that money is needed to support the museum.
Somewhere to Stay in Lancashire
People on vacation attending the Spring Heritage Bus Running Day may need overnight accommodations, and there are plenty of hotels and B&Bs in the area to fit any budget. The weather will be a bit cold in early March, so tent camping is not advisable, but there are few caravan parks within 10 miles of the museum for RVers.
Getting To North West Museum of Road Transport
The focus of this event is buses, but those who must drive to the event can park in Birchley Street Car Park about a half-mile walk from the Museum. From the M580 head south on the M571 (Green Leach Lane). Take a left turn on Standish Street and a right on Birchley Street to get to the car park. From the A58 / A571 (King’s Street) roundabout head west on the A571 to the second roundabout and take the exit heading southeast to Corporation Avenue. The next turn is a left onto Birchley Street. From Park Road, turn right onto Pocket Nook Road. The road becomes Standish and will lead to Birchley Street, where you will make a left turn.
Other Things To Do Around Hall Street
There is a lot to explore in and near St. Helens during your visit. For history buffs, Norton Priory Museum and Gardens is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Another great place to visit is Mendips, the childhood of John Lennon, one of the 'fab-four', in Liverpool about 12 miles southwest of St. Helens. Your 12-year-old granddaughter may ask what the Beatlemania fuss was all about as she plays her rap and hip-hop sounds on her smartphone.
★★ Dogs on leashes are welcome. Also, remember that the Heritage Bus Running Days are held in Spring and in the Autumn and are run by volunteers giving their time to make your day enjoyable. Another thing to remember when you observe your granddaughter’s eyes rolling back as you lecture her about 'real-music', is the scorn heaped upon you by your parents over rock and roll tunes you listened to on your transistor radio. ★★
When is the next Spring Heritage Bus Running Day?
The Spring Heritage Bus Running Day is planned to take place at North West Museum of Road Transport, The Old Bus Depot, Hall Street, St. Helens, Lancashire, WA10 1DU, Sunday 1st March, 2020. This is a Vintage Event.
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