Transport Museum Wythall
Welcome to Transport Museum Wythall.
During the 1970s, a number of private owners of running vehicles and potential restoration cases, scattered across a variety of Midlands locations and in many cases, in dodgy buildings or even stored in the open, were determined to find good quality covered accommodation in which to store and eventually present their historic collection. The early days of the transport museum were established in 1977 as the Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Trust, formed as a registered charity. The museum site, based in Chapel Lane, Wythall, Worcestershire, was acquired in February 1978 on the site of the then closed RAF Wythall camp that was set up to man the barrage balloon defence of Birmingham in WW2. Hard work and a great deal of fundraising activity saw new buildings opened in 1980, 1990, 2007 and 2012, meeting the Trust's determination to have a roof over all its vehicles. New exhibits continued to be acquired throughout this period, filling gaps in local transport history.
The exhibition halls now accommodate one of the most significant collections of preserved public service vehicles in the country spanning 100 years of motor bus history. In addition the museum has two City of Birmingham fire engines and what is believed to be the finest collection of restored battery electric vehicles in the world. It prides itself in having an extensive running bus fleet which operates free rides out into the countryside on open days. Vehicles are accessible in two main halls which include displays of memorabilia, street furniture and background information on the history of transport in the West Midlands.
For children and adults yet to grow-up, a delightful ride-on miniature steam railway is operated by the local Elmdon Model Engineering Society.
TMW is perfectly situated at the midlands motorway crossroads of the M5, M6 and M40 all linked by the M42 – the museum is just off M42 junction 3. It is easily accessible and a good day out for both local visitors from across the West Midlands and those from further afield, even up to 100 miles. A café, gift shop and kids kabin activity area look after family needs and special themed event days are run three of four times a year, usually linked to bank holidays. The museum also welcomes a wide variety of car club meetings.
All facets of the museum are staffed by volunteers who will be pleased to welcome you and whom you can see restoring and maintaining the collections during your visit.