For Your Interest

Below we’ve listed some of the many transport related organisations in & around the wonderful Wye Valley and from farther afield. Most locations are not exclusively for the transport enthusiast and, in fact, many of them make great family days out that all can enjoy.

While we hope to keep this information as accurate as possible, we’d always recommend you confirm with the relevant organisation just in case of changes. If you do find anything amiss, especially broken links, or found that the experience didn’t match what was promised we’d be very grateful if you could let us know.


 

Amersham Fair Organ Museum
Amersham Fair Organ MuseumThis museum is the lifetime’s collection of Mr A E (Ted) Reed, who has been a fairground organ enthusiast for over half a century. The collection comprises some of the finest surviving examples of English fair organs anywhere in the country. To learn more and find out the few open days, please go to the museum’s website.

Anderton Boat Lift
Anderton Boat LiftThis historical engineering marvel, not immediately on our doorstep, is located near the village of Anderton in Cheshire. Opened in 1875 and now operated by the Canal and River Trust, the lift is still providing a 50-foot vertical link between the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. The Operations Centre contains a wealth of information and, from March to October, boat trips are available through the lift and along the River Weaver Navigation. Being some way from Ross, you could add a visit to Weaver Hall Museum & Workhouse in Northwich to see the history of Cheshire’s famous salt industry and more besides. The Boat Lift website will give you much information for a worthwhile day out.

Aston Manor Road Transport Museum
AMRTM_logo_colour_black_lettersRecently moved to their new location at Aldridge, Walsall in the former Jack Allen dustcart assembly plant, the museum aims to show a wide range of buses, commercial vehicles, private cars and items of transport memorabilia that have a Midlands connection. Open on Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays, the site is still undergoing development where restoration and repairs of the museum’s vehicles is on going. Have a look at their website to find out more.

Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre
Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway CentreThe last remaining operational roundhouse in the country is operated by Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society, a group of rail enthusiasts. The Centre stages various events throughout the year featuring working steam and diesel locomotives. Full information about this location at Staveley, near Chesterfield, can be found on the Centre’s website.

Battlefield Line Railway
The Battlefield LineBased in west Leicestershire, ‘The country railway at the heart of rural England’ is how this former Midland and London North Western (LNWR) standard gauge railway describes itself. Run by the Shackerstone Railway Society, who have their headquarters at the station of the same name, the 5 miles of running track, roughly alongside the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal, finishes at Bosworth Field giving line its name. Be aware that the railway’s website homepage includes autostart video.

Black Country Living Museum
Black Country Living MuseumThis is a living, active museum, as the name implies, covering 26 acres of former industrial land in Dudley. Over 200 years of history is portrayed here. A full day’s visit is recommended to see everything. Items of transport interest include trolley buses, trams, canal barges, car & motorcycles. A look at their website will tell you all you need to know about the museum and your visit.

Brecon Mountain Railway
Brecon Mountain RailwayNot too far from Merthyr Tydfil is this narrow gauge (1′ 11¾”) railway which travels through spectacular Welsh scenery into the Brecon Beacons National Park. It runs the full length of Pontsticill Reservoir and takes in grand views of the surrounding mountain peaks. The railway’s website will give you details of opening times, fares and additional information.

Brooklands Museum
Brooklands MuseumBrooklands is the birthplace of British motor sport and aviation and, also, the home of Concorde. A ticket gives the visitor access to both Brooklands Museum and the London Bus Museum which shares the site. The Museum displays a wide range of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits ranging from giant racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles
to an unparalleled collection of Hawker and Vickers/BAC-built aircraft. The Brooklands website can tell you far more than we can in this brief paragraph.

Chasewater Railway
Chasewater RailwayAlso known as “The Colliery Line”, it is based around Chasewater, a lake near Cannock, with 4 miles of operating track from Brownhills West to Chasetown Church Street. The route includes a causeway with water on both sides, the restoration of which used approximately 120,000 tons of fill material, one of the largest engineering schemes in railway preservation. Full information concerning the railway, its opening times and ticket prices can be found on their website.

Clifton Rocks Railway
Clifton Rocks RailwayThe Clifton Rocks Railway was an unique underground railway linking Clifton with Hotwells in the Avon Gorge at Bristol via a tunnel cut through the limestone cliffs. Details of open days and other useful information can be found on their website.

Coalyard Miniature Railway
Coalyard Minature RailwayThis 7¼” gauge railway is found at Kidderminster Town Station on the Severn Valley Railway, now running alongside a platform. It first opened in 1988 in the station car park with two gauges. Since then it has been relocated to its current position and gauge. The locomotives used are normally battery or petrol powered,
running over the 375 metres of track, but steam can be seen at special events. The Miniature Railway World website has reference to it, plus information about other miniature railways found in the UK.

Coleford Great Western Railway Museum
Coleford GWR MuseumLocated in the former GWR Goods Shed at the Old Railway Station in Coleford, the museum houses a collection of artefacts, memorabilia and models associated with the railways operating in the Forest of Dean. There is also a restored Signal Box, full-sized railway vehicles and a 7.25″ gauge miniature railway. Please see the website (somewhat broken) for information regarding the collection and admission details.

Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection
Cotswold Motoring  MuseumLocated in the picturesque village of Bourton on the Water, the Cotswold Motoring Museum is overflowing with cars, motorcycles, caravans, original enamel signs and an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities. More details about a truly fascinating journey through the 20th Century are available on their website.

Coventry Transport Museum
Coventry Transport MuseumLocated in the city of Coventry, the birth place of the British cycle and motor industries, the museum houses the world’s largest collection of British road transport. Admission is FREE to view the history and development of transport, from cycles to the fastest car on earth. The museum’s informative website will give details of opening times for a 150 year journey of innovation.

Crich Tramway Village
Crich Tramway VillageTrams were once a common site in many of the UK’s towns and cities. Now, they would be a distant memory if it were not for the collection of these vehicles at Crich, Derbyshire, the home of the National Tramway Museum. However, there is far more here than just trams, it is a village of things to see & do for all the family. See their website for opening times, ticket prices, special events and much more.

Dean Forest Railway (DFR)
Dean Forest RailwayOur local preserved standard gauge railway lives in the south of the Royal Forest of Dean. The Dean Forest Railway’s base is at Norchard, near Lydney, with 4¼ miles of track running from Lydney Junction (where it connects to the mainline) to Parkend in the middle of the Forest. Please see the DFR website for full details. One of our members is heavily involved with the Railway as a Director and another a Signalman.

Didcot Railway Centre
Didcot Railway Centre, home of the Great Western SocietyThe Centre is the home of the Great Western Society‘s collection of GWR locomotives, coaches, wagons, buildings and many smaller relics. It is based around the original 1930s Didcot Engine Shed. There are two short lengths of running track, a coaling stage, a transfer shed, a recreation of Brunel’s broad gauge, and much, much more. For opening times, entrance costs, running days, locomotive schedule and diary of special events please go to the informative website.

The Dunsfold Collection
The Dunsfold CollectionThe largest collection of Land Rovers in the world is found in The Dunsfold Collection which started life in 1993, as a progression of a private collection started in 1968 by Land Rover owner and enthusiast Brian Bashall and is continued today by one of his sons, Philip. The vehicle that started it all was a 1962 ex-military 109-inch APGP wader. Since then the collection has grown larger and larger. A visit should be a must for any ‘Landy’ enthusiast. Please go to their website for details of the collection and open days.

East Somerset Railway (ESR)
East Somerset RailwayThis railway has 2½ miles of running track through the Mendip Hills from Cranmore to Mendip Vale stations. It was founded by the artist David Shepherd, who claims that its origin is due to the African Elephant! The 2014 programme includes a variety of special events as well as the normal opening days for steaming and non-steaming operations. Take a look at the ESR website for all you need to know about the railway.

ElectrAA – Malvern Hills Electric Automobile Association
electraaThe electric car is becoming an increasingly popular form of transport for the ‘green’ minded driver. A number of well-known manufacturers are now producing such vehicles for everyday use but then there is, also, the Tesla Roadster supercar and, just up the road, Morgan with a three wheeler and the Plus E. The association’s website will give information about their meetings and other matters of interest.

Electric Railway Museum
Electric Railway MuseumIn Baginton, on the outskirts of Coventry, you will find the largest collection of preserved electric trains in the UK, ranging from industrial electric locomotives, suburban multiple units, Edwardian underground train carriage bodies to high speed express trains. Their website gives opening times for 2016 and details of the stock located on the site.

Evesham Vale Light Railway
Evesham Vale Light RailwayNext to Evesham Country Park Shopping and Garden Centre just north of Evesham you’ll find a mile long 15″ gauge railway, usually steam hauled, running through old apple orchards every weekend & every day through the school holidays. A glace at their website will give more information.

Fleet Air Arm Museum
Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm MuseumThe Fleet Air Arm Museum at RNAS Yeovilton houses Europe’s largest naval aviation collection of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft
in four exhibition halls. In addition, it has an extensive collection of civilian aircraft, including Concorde, aero engines, models of aircraft and Royal Navy ships (especially aircraft carriers}, and paintings and drawings related to naval aviation. A visit is obviously a ‘must’ if this is your interest. Full details of opening times, prices, events and planning your visit are shown on the museum’s website.

Gloucestershire Warkwickshire Railway (GWR)
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) is a preserved steam and diesel heritage railway in the English Cotswolds. It has reopened 12 miles of line, operating between Cheltenham Racecourse and Laverton Halt, with its headquarters at Toddington Station. Sharing their Toddington site is the 2′ gauge, ½ mile long Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway, operated by the North Gloucestershire Railway Co Ltd (NGR). For all the information you need to know about the GWR and its operation please go the GWR website.

The Helicopter Museum
The Helicopter MuseumJust over the Severn Estuary at Weston-super-Mare is the world’s largest collection of helicopters. With over 80 exhibits of familiar as well as unusual and unique helicopters & girocopters from around the world there is much to see. The museum hosts “Helicopter Experiences” where you get to fly 15 miles around the local area with commentary by an experienced pilot. See their website for more details & the events they have coming up.

Hereford Society of Model Engineers (HSME)
Hereford Society of Model EngineersOne of our WVTIG members is actively involved with the HSME and joint owner of a steam locomotive. The society is located next to the Waterworks Museum at Broomy Hill, Hereford with a number of public Running Days held during the year. Please see the HSME website for further information.

Hollycombe Working Steam Museum
Hollycombe Working Steam MuseumThis collection of fairground rides and steam engies of national importance is located at Iron Hill, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7LP. Included is a Garden Railway operated by Liphook Modellers Club. Open Days and a variety of special events are generally held between Easter & October. Details of these and much more can be found on the Hollycombe website.

Ironbridge Gorge Museum
Ironbridge Gorge MuseumAlthough not strictly a transport museum, we felt it only right to include this World Heritage Site as Ironbridge is considered to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. There are actually ten award-winning museums from a Victorian Town to a Tar Tunnel and, of course, the Iron Bridge itself. There is far too much to see in just one visit so an Annual Passport Ticket is available, along with day tickets to the individual museums. The comprehensive website will tell you all about the museums, opening times, ticket prices and how to plan a visit.

JCB
JCBJCB has beome the generic name for any form of ‘digger’. Factory Tours, which include the “Story of JCB” exhibition, are available at their World Headquarters at Rocester, near Uttoxeter. The interesting JCB website gives information about
Lord Bamford, the expansion of the company and its development of machinery and plant and how to arrange a visit, so please take a look to find out more.

Jet Age Museum
Jet Age MuseumThe museum can be found on the north side of Gloucester Airport (Staverton) at Meteor Business Park, Cheltenham Road East, Gloucester GL2 9QL. It is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 to 16.00 with free admission and parking. There is much here for the aircraft enthusiast. For more information about the museum please look up their website.

Kingswood Heritage Museum
Kingswood MuseumThis independant museum is located in Warmley, South Gloucestershire, not too far from Bristol city centre. It houses displays of local industries and social history of the area and includes a collection of Douglas motorcycles which were once manufactured in the locality. A regular feature is the Douglas Cavalcade held on the Spring Bank Holiday Sunday with vintage motorcycles traversing the old test drive route. The Vespa motor scooter was also manufactured here under licence in the 1950s. The museum is closed from December to March and is open other months on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 14:00 to 17:00 and Bank Holidays from 11:00 to 17:00. Full information can be found on the museum’s website.

Lea Bailey Light Railway (LBLR)
Lea Bailey Light RailwayThis relatively new organisation has the aim of installing a 2′ narrow gauge railway between the former unsuccessful Lea Bailey gold mine and Drybrook on the trackbed of the former Mitcheldean Road and Forest of Dean Junction Railway and developing the site. Up-to-date news of this small yet active group can be found on the railway’s website.

Leighton Buzzard Railway (LBR)
Leighton Buzzard RailwayAnother railway which is some way from Ross but well worth a visit should either you find yourself in Bedfordshire or you are a narrow gauge enthusiast. Opened in 1919 to transport sand from quarries to the mainline connection, the 2′ gauge track, currently just under three miles in length, offers a 70-minute round trip. LBR houses one of the largest and most important collections of narrow-gauge stock in the country. The informative website will tell you all need to know about the railway and its operation.

London Bus Museum
London Bus MuseumAnother location some way from Ross is the London Bus Museum. Located on the Brooklands site between Weybridge and Byfleet in Surrey, it shares a common visitor entrance with Brooklands Museum where one entry ticket covers admission to both museums. In the Bus Museum you will find the world’s largest collection of London buses spanning 100 years, from the horse-drawn bus of the 1870s to the rear-engined 70-seaters of the 1970s. The museum is open 7 days a week and has special events during the year. See the Bus Museum website for full information.

London Transport Museum
London Transport MuseumAlthough located a distance from Ross, the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden and the associated Museum Depot at Acton has much of interest for the enthusiast to make the journey well worthwhile. See the buses, trains, trams, trolleybuses & taxis that kept London moving over the past 100 years. Why not take a look at their website to see if a visit or event appeals to you.

Midland Air Museum
Midland Air MuseumAnother air museum adjacent to a civil airport – the north side of Coventry Airport to be precise. (It is also next to the Electric Railway Museum.) From small beginnings it now houses a unique collection of military and civilian aircraft and incorporates The Sir Frank Whittle Jet Heritage Centre. Open every day apart from a few days around Christmas, the museum’s website will give entrance prices, opening times and directions, although
it requires up-dating at the time of this entry.

National Brewery Centre
The National Brewery CentreFancy a pint? The National Brewery Centre in Burton-on-Trent (where else would it be?) incorporates a museum dedicated to the history and development of brewing. It includes items of transport interest, such as drays, vintage vehicles, a static train and a model railway. And that pint — the entrance cost to the museum includes beer tasting vouchers for use in the bar. The Centre’s website will give you all the information regarding opening times and ticket prices, plus much more.

National Cycle Museum
National Cycle MuseumWe have all probably owned and ridden a bicycle at sometime in our lives and you may even enjoy riding one today. The National Cycle Collection is a museum at Llandrindod Wells which houses a huge collection of many types of cycles built for an array of uses. Unusually they are open at weekdays only. If you want to learn more about cycles, take a look at the museum’s website.

National Motorcycle Museum
National Motorcycle MuseumThe museum is really easy to find as it is located at Junction 6 on the M42 opposite the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). If motorcycle
s are your passion, this is the place to visit. There is a vast range of machines, the largest collection in the world and continually growing, depicting their development and uses over the decades, such as a taxis, racing bikes and AA Patrol combinations. Their website will tell you far more so please take a look.

Newport Medieval Ship
Friends of the Newport ShipThe Newport Medieval Ship was found buried in mud on the banks of the River Usk in 2002 and excavated for research and conservation. Like the Transporter Bridge listed below, the ship has its volunteer group, Friends of Newport Ship (FONS), who are involved with Open Days and other events and have their own website.

Newport Transporter Bridge
Friends of Newport Transporter BridgeThis is one of the few remaining fully operational Transporter Bridges in the world. (We actually have three such bridges in the UK.) It opened in 1906 for crossing the River Usk at Newport, carrying both road and foot traffic and is now a Grade 1 Listed Structure. The Newport City Council website gives full information about the bridge and its opening times. There is also a volunteer group, Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge (FONTB), who run the Visitor Centre which is open everyday.

Oakham Treasures
Oakham TreasuresNot far from Gordano Services on the M5 near Bristol you’ll find a museum of retail and farming history. There is something for everybody, with thousands of items in the historic shops & stores, and, more transport related, the impressive displays of farming heritage. There are 150 old & vintage tractors, many old farm engines, many beautifully restored, and other farm equipment including sheep shearers, potato harvester, cider press, elevator, and much more. Further details on these collections can be seen on their website.

Oxford Bus Museum
Oxford Bus MuseumThis museum can be found in Long Hanborough, near Witney. It tells the story of bus and coach travel in Oxfordshire over the past 130 years with its collection of such vehicles and related artefacts. It is also home to the Morris Motors Museum which charts the story of how these classic British cars and commercial vehicles were produced at Cowley, illustrated by more vehicles. A click on the museum’s website will give you all the information you need for a visit.

Paddle Steamer Preservation Society
 Paddle Steamer Preservation SocietyFounded in 1959, the aim of the Society is to preserve and sail this type of craft. They operate the only two working paddle steamers in Britian – the ‘Waverley’ and the ‘Kingsweir Castle’ (known affectionately as KC). The Society’s website and that of the Bristol Channel Branch are well worth viewing to gain full details of their activities.

Pendon Museum
Pendon MuseumPendon’s headline is “Modelling the Past for the Future”. Here you will see 3 minutely detailed model railway layouts based upon the inter-war years period as well as many other models & relics. It’s not too far from the Didcot Railway Centre so it may be possible to combine both visits. The museum is at High St, Long Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4QD. To find out what there is to view and information about opening times and charges, visit the museum’s website.

Perrygrove Railway
Perrygrove RailwayThis specially built 15″ narrow gauge steam railway is located nearby on the edge of Coleford. You do not have to be a railway enthusiast
to enjoy and appreciate all that Perrygrove has to offer, as the whole site is geared for children, their parents and grandparents. With the unlimited train rides, the Treetop Adventure and so much more there is plenty for everyone to enjoy. We’ve always found the staff to be friendly and helpful so you & your family enjoy your visit. For everything you need to know about the Perrygrove Railway, please refer to their website.

Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway
Pontypool and Blaenavon RailwayFew heritage railways are found in the heart of a World Heritage Site but here, set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales, you can travel from Furnace Sidings, their main Station north to the Whistle Inn, and south to Blaenavon High Level Station which is only a short walk from Blaenavon town centre. Recently completed is Big Pit Halt, adjacent to the Big Pit Mining Museum. According to the railway’s website they cater for families as well as the ‘devoted rail enthusiast’.

RAF Museum Cosford
RAF CosfordEntrance to this museum at Cosford, near Shifnal in Staffordshire is free. There are over 70 aircraft to see and many things to do for all the family, plus the National Cold War Exhibition. The website will give you all the information with regard to opening times, exhibits, events and how to plan your day.

SS Great Britian
SS Great BritainBrunel’s iron built, steam powered and propeller driven ocean liner is in dry dock at Bristol harbour. It was revolutionary when launched in 1843 and called ‘The greatest experiment since creation’. Located in Great Western Dockyard, Gasferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY, it is open for viewing. Please refer to the ship’s website for its history, opening times, admission charges and much more information.  Whilst in Bristol you may also like to visit the M Shed, a museum dedicated to the history of the city.

Scalefour Society – Glevum Area Group (Model Railway)
Scalefour Society“Is it ’00’?” A question often asked by members of the public when viewing the Group’s layout at an exhibition. The Glevum Group is an area model railway group of the Scalefour Society which models to a track gauge of 18.83mm; the accurate gauge for 4mm:1 foot models. It draws members from north Bristol, the Forest of Dean, Hereford, Malvern, Ross-on-Wye and Tewkesbury who meet monthly. The Group’s layout is called ‘Brinkley’, but some members also own layouts, not all to S4 standards. Curious or interested? Then go to the Group’s website for further information and contact details.

Severn Valley Railway (SVR)
Severn Valley RailwayAnother preserved standard gauge preserved railway that is well worth a visit is the Severn Valley Railway with running track from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, over the spectacular Victoria Bridge. There is far more to see than just the trains by visiting the various stations along the route and, of course, the views of the River Severn. The Golden Jubilee of the railway was celebrated in 2015. To find out about special events, operating times, charges and other information in 2016, why not visit the SVR website.

Steam – Museum of the Great Western Railway
STEAM - Museum of the Great Western RailwayA must for the GWR enthusiast or even any railway buff regardless of allegiance. It is situated at the heart of the old railway works at Swindon, not too far from Ross. The address is, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2EY and it’s open everyday from 10.00 to 17.00. Additional information for this really interesting venue can be found on the museum’s website.

Telford Steam Railway
Telford Steam RailwayA small preserved railway with both standard and 2′ narrow gauge lines. Standard gauge running is over the original Wellington and Severn Junction Railway (W&SJR) track bed. It is located at Horsehay, Telford, operating on Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to the end of September, and at Christmas. There are also two model railways of additional interest. The official railway’s website seems to be out of date but you can visit a supporter group Facebook page for more current information.

The Transport Museum
The Transport MuseumAre you a fan of buses? Well, this is the home of the Midland Red (MR) collection based at Wythall in Worcestershire. They house a large fleet of former MR buses and coaches, many individually designed and built by Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Company (BMMO), the company behind MR, plus other vehicles of interest. The museum is closed during the winter months, so please check their website for opening times and other information.

Tyseley Locomotive Works
Tyseley Locomotive WorksTyseley, once the Birmingham Railway Museum, carries out work for restoring, maintaining and servicing heritage steam, diesel and electric locomotives and coaches to Network Rail standards. It houses a collection of locomotives and rolling stock, opening its doors to the public on a few selected days. Please refer to the works’ website for further information.

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway
Welshpool &am; Llanfair RailwayThis 2′ 6″ narrow gauge steam railway was opened in 1903 to link the 8 miles from the market town of Welshpool to the rural community of Llanfair Caereinion. All the trains are steam hauled, including by 2 of the original locomotives, with carriages that have an open balcony as well as enclosed seating. If you can, quickly nab a space on the balcony right next to the smoke box of the engine as it hauls its load in reverse up the steep inclines of the valley. Nowhere can you get closer to the fabulous musical sound of a steam locomotive hard at work. Lots more information on their informative website.

West Somerset Railway (WSR)
West Somerset RailwayThe WSR is a typical former GWR branch line that travels 20½ miles through beautiful Somerset countryside, with its hills, farms, towns and villages, with views of Dunster’s imposing Castle, the Bristol Channel, distant South Wales as it runs from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard. Also, during special events some trains continue a further 2 miles to connect with Network Rail at Norton Fitzwarren. There are 10 stations along the line, each location providing its own specific interest. The WSR’s comprehensive official website includes their locos – both steam and diesel, the rolling stock and other useful information. There is an unofficlal website providing news and pictures of the railway and the WSR Wikipedia page is also worth a look.

 

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