About our building...
North West Museum of Road Transport (formerly St.Helens
Transport Museum) is based in Hall Street Depot,
the ex-St.Helens Corporation Transport Depot.
depot has been on this site since 1881 when
privately owned horse trams entered service in St.Helens.
These were later replaced by steam trams which,
in turn, were replaced by electric trams. The
depot was extensively rebuilt for the electric
trams in 1899, and the building is basically the
one which you see today.
Corporation took over the New St.Helens and
District tramway company in 1919, continuing
tramway operation. Trolleybuses were introduced
in 1927, necessitating alterations to the
overhead wires. The electric power was supplied
from a substation in nearby Tolver Street. In
1929 the Tolver Street part of the depot was
opened as a bus garage, being converted into the
present workshops after the trams had ceased
running. The last tram ran in 1936, leaving a
mixed trolleybus / motorbus fleet until the
trolleybuses were abandoned in 1958.
Hall Street Depot, September 1999 ©
this time various alterations were carried out,
such as the building of a bus wash and paint shop
inside the depot.
the mid 1960s, a garage was opened in Jackson
Street, leaving Hall Street primarily for
maintenance, with bus washing being done at
St.Helens fleet was absorbed into the Merseyside
P.T.E. in 1974, but things continued as before
until problems were experienced maintaining
modern vehicles in a building which was not
designed for them.
particular, the single deck Leyland National type
buses entering service in increasing numbers,
were far too long for the pits and were difficult
to get into the workshops when on tow.
the early 1980s it was decided that new workshops
would be built behind the Jackson Street depot,
and these were opened in 1984. Hall Street was
subsequently closed and sold back to St.Helens
Council, and remained empty until 1986 when the
North West Museum of Transport Society vehicle
collection was moved in to form the Museum as it
historical features can still be seen inside the
depot including the tram track, of course, the
brackets to hold a gantry at trolleybus roof
height for overhead maintenance and one or two
insulators, remnants of the trolleybus wiring
Artists impression of the new building
Actual building as finished
Inside the Museum
North West Museum of Road Transport