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The South Yorkshire Transport Museum

The Sheffield Bus Museum was first opened in 1987. Up until the end of 2006 it was housed in part of the former Tinsley Tram Sheds. It has now moved to a new location in Aldwarke, near Rotherham and is now called the South Yorkshire Transport Museum.

Review

The museum was visited by your webmaster on Easter Sunday 4 April 2010: a visit long overdue. It seemed quite busy and I got chatting with a couple of very knowledgeable bus enthusiasts who had come up from the Midlands. On display are various mode of transport from a pony trap, a milk float, an American army ambulance, cars, motorbikes and a selection of buses. One side of the museum displays restored vehicles but you can also view the other side where the restoration project are still ongoing. Personally I found it very interesting but I think that the Pedant was well bored. Children need to be closely supervised but everyone else can wander about freely. The museum shop sells a lot of transport memorablia including uniforms if you should fancy dressing up as a clippie.

Special Open Days

There are open days throughout the year: visit the website for details. There is ample car parking on site, or you can use the hourly vintage shuttle bus, operating I think, from Rotherham Bus Station to the Museum. Admission charges are £3.50 for adults, concessions and family tickets available. (Details correct 2010).

The Sheffield Bus Museum Trust

Trust members have "...free access to the Museum on "Special Open Days", receive a quarterly newsletter keeping them in touch with Museum developments and they also have the opportunity to take an active "hands on" involvement in vehicle restoration, fund raising or the many varied jobs that are essential to the Museum's smooth running. Other members join the Museum Trust simply to add some financial support through their membership fees."

Photographs

Old Rotherham Bus
Old Rotherham Bus
Gritting Wagon
Gritting Wagon

Milk Float
Milk Float
Pony Trap
Pony Trap

Information

The Museum is situated just off the A6123 between Parkgate and Aldwarke: one of the big sheds near Candlelight on the Waddington's trading estate. There is a museum shop selling transport memorabilia and bric-a-brac and a café open on Special Open days.

Address:- The South Yorkshire Transport Museum, Waddington Way, Aldwarke, Rotherham. Tel. 44 (0)114 2553010 (Tues - Sats 10am - 5.30pm) or 44 (0)114 2461060 for school or group visits. Website www.sytm.co.uk.

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