Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester
The Museum tells the story of public road transport in Greater Manchester from its very beginnings in 1824 to the present day. The collection spans over 100 years, from an 1890s horse bus to a full size prototype Metrolink tram.Opened in 1979, the Museum is a partnership between Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Transport Society and is an early example of successful partnership working between a local authority and a voluntary body.
Motor bus services in Greater Manchester were originally operated by local authorities, with additional services provided by private companies. In 1968 the Government reorganised bus services in the metropolitan counties such as Greater Manchester and Passenger Transport Executives were created to provide local bus services instead. Known as SELNEC (South East Lancashire and North East Cheshire), the PTE was renamed Greater Manchester Transport in 1974 when Wigan was included.Fourteen former bus operators were merged into Greater Manchester Transport and all are represented in the Museum: the transport departments of the corporations of Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, Bury, Leigh, Manchester, Oldham, Ramsbottom, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport and Wigan, as well as Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley and Dukinfield Transport Board, the once independent Lancashire United Transport and most of the former National Bus Company subsidiary North Western Road Car Company.
A Working Museum :
Many of our restored buses are maintained in roadworthy condition by our volunteers and can be driven on public roads. Throughout the year we hold a number of events which often give people of all ages an opportunity to travel on some of our historic vehicles.
Film and Television : As museum pieces, Museum vehicles are not licensed to carry passengers for hire and reward. Sorry! However we can help for appearance work, especially in film, TV and exhibitions. We have vehicles that are historically accurate from 1890 to 2000 - so if your street scene requires a bus, and it simply must be right, then the Museum can help. Over 60 of the Museum’s collection can be available with sufficient notice - please contact us to discuss your requirements. View full details of our vehicle collection...