For anyone who is sad that today's bus is no more than a box on wheels to get somebody from A to B, and harks back to the day when buses oozed character despite having suspension akin to a fairground ride, this is the place for you. The collection consists of two old bus sheds filled to the brim with buses from the 1930s to 1970s plus the occasional more modern exhibit. The buses are mainly from Lancashire plus north Cheshire and North Derbyshire, covering all the independent bus fleets before some smart (?) person decided to paint them all orange and name them after fictitious counties.
Some of the buses are open for access and on some it is necessary to be accompanied by one of the very helpful and knowledgeable volunteers. For the real enthusiast, the volunteers will provide you with no end of useful and incidental information about buses, routes, timetables, ticket machines and anything else you care to ask. Unlike many other places, they are also willing to listen to any information you as a visitor can provide, that they may not have known about before, to be used in the future for the benefit of other visitors.
Many of the buses are in full operating condition, and others are simply waiting for funds to renovate or simply to acquire that elusive spare part. The walls are full of old transport related artefacts, and photographs of old buses that have long since gone to meet their maker. At the front of the museum is a small shop selling die-cast models and other interesting things.
And finally, the icing on the cake, when entering the museum, you become immediately aware of the unforgettable smell of engineering.
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