The museum was established in 1995 as the tram shed for the Wirral Tramway. The tramway operates trams on the weekend to the Merseyside Ferry (of 'Ferry across the Mersey' fame). The tramway collection was set up in collaboration with volunteers from Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society. The Wirral Tramway commenced service in April 1995 with the Hong Kong built 1948-style units. Operated under contract by Blackpool Tramways for Wirral Borough Council, who took overall control in 2005. Hong Kong tramcar 69, which bears the name of George Francis Train & Phileas Fogg, received a new 'Prenton style' livery in 2005. Hong Kong tramcar 70, named Thomas Brassey after the well known 19th century railroad builder, has been painted in a fictional 'Birkenhead Blue' livery (which was only ever carried by the town's bus fleet after 1934). They are numbered to continue the sequence from the old Birkenhead trams. Liverpool 245, a Baby Grand (tram, not piano) owned by National Museums Liverpool but kept at Birkenhead since 2006, was restored to operational use by the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society. This was funded with the help of a £50,000 lottery heritage fund grant in 2010, with completion of the restoration in 2014. Other operational trams of the fleet include Birkenhead 20, Wallasey 78, Liverpool 762 and Lisbon 730. Meanwhile, horse-drawn tram Liverpool 43 is on display within the museum, with the hope that it will be oprational in the future.
In addition to the operational trams there are a broad selection of vintage and classic vehicles, including trams, buses, cars, motorcycles, mopeds, bikes, and a fire engine. It also includes views of ongoing projects in the museum's workshops, a 26 feet long model railway layout, a reconstructed 1930s garage scene and various other transport-related static exhibits. 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. The museum is wheelchair accessible, however access to the displayed vehicles is limited.
Location : 1 Taylor Street, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 1BG
Transport: Birkenhead Hamilton Square (MerseyRail). Bus routes 423 and 811 stop outside. Mersey Ferry
Opening Times: Weekends/Bank Holidays 13:00 to 17:00
School Holidays: Tuesday to Sunday 13:00 to 16:30
Tickets: Museum - Free.
Tram Fare: Adults £2.00. Children/Concessions £1.00
Tel: 0151 647 2128