The Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society
is one of Britain's best known transport restoration groups, having
originally been established back in 1960 by students from Liverpool
University, who wanted to save one of the city's famous Green Goddesses
then operating in Glasgow.
then the society has expanded to include people from all walks of life
and gone on to resurrect more than half a dozen tramcars from derelict
hulks. Today its collection amply illustrates the development of
Britain's first generation tramways from the horse and steam tram era
to a fully enclosed electric bogie car. There's also a single deck
continental tram and an overhead maintenance wagon from the 1940`s.
Nowadays, the historic vehicles operate on the mile long Wirral
Heritage Tramway with its spectacular views of Liverpool's world-famous
waterfront and perform a unique educational and recreational function,
so members of the public and school parties can enjoy a nostalgic
journey back in time for a modest fare.
you are interested in vintage transport and have an eye for history
then being a member of the society can offer a number of benefits. The
modest annual subscription entitles members to travel free on the
Wirral Heritage Tramway (on production of a current membership card).
This also brings free admittance to the National Tramway Museum at
Crich in Derbyshire (except for special days); all members receive a
lively and informative newsletter four times a year to keep them
abreast of any new developments while our handy website is always kept
fully up-to-date with the latest news. If you enjoy working with your
hands (or are merely handy with a polishing rag!) you can join the
camaraderie of volunteer working parties and help keep our historic
tram fleet on the road!
plan other events through the year, such as the popular Santa Specials
in December. The annual Wirral Bus and Tram Show is a highlight that
attracts visitors from all over Britain.
All members are also encouraged to participate in the activities of the Transport Museum, which is operated by Wirral Council.