Leicester Transport Heritage Trust

Leicester Transport Heritage Trust

Researching, preserving and promoting our local road transport heritage


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The Leicester Transport Heritage Trust is a charity which aims to research, preserve and archive the history of transport across Leicester. We have a growing collection of local historic vehicles and a valuable archive of transport related material documenting the evolution of Leicester’s unique transport story.

Alongside our preservation and archiving work, we hold regular Zoom and face to face meetings with guest presenters who offer a wide ranging insight into bygone transport. Our quarterly “Leicester Wheels” journal for members is also eagerly anticipated too when it hits the doormat!

Our public rallies and open days showcase our historic vehicles to the public, allowing a nostalgic glimpse into the buses and coaches that once ruled the roads of Leicestershire.

Your donations are much appreciated and go towards restoring and preserving Leicester’s heritage vehicles for future generations.

St Margaret’s Bus Station Reopening!

After 18 months of work, the wait for the new St Margaret’s Bus Station is almost over!

Visitors will have an opportunity to have a look around the new St Margaret’s Bus Station as part of the formal opening ceremony of the building on Sunday 26 June, from 12.30pm. During the open afternoon, Leicester Transport Heritage Trust will be inviting visitors to explore the history of bus travel with a display of vintage vehicles.

There will also be a chance to take a trip back in time with a free vintage bus service between the new St Margaret’s Bus Station and Abbey Pumping Station. See our events for more details!

Special Event

Midland Red Spectacular – Saturday 20th August 2022

Quorn & Woodhouse Station
(in conjunction with The Great Central Railway)

Celebrating 100 years since the opening of Midland Red’s first garage in Leicestershire

Free bus rides on a variety of urban and rural routes (including to and from Loughborough Central (GCR) and Loughborough Midland (EMR) stations).

Enhanced train service with steam and diesel locomotives and diesel railcar

Short-hop train fares available, enabling you to travel between Quorn and Loughborough one way by free heritage bus and one way by steam or diesel train

Transport sales stands inside the marquee at Quorn and in the station yard.

Vehicle displays, large bus parking area and special Midland Red displays

Model Railway Show in Loughborough

As this event coincides with Soar Valley Model Railway Club’s “Heart of the Midland Model Railway Exhibition” at Loughborough Grammar School, our free bus service will drop off and pick up on Leicester Road near to the school. For more information about the show, open from 10.00 to 17.00, see http://svmrc.co.uk/Exhibition.php

Large Car Park in field adjacent to Quorn & Woodhouse Station (£3 per car). Limited disabled parking for blue badge holders in the station yard: please book spaces by contacting marketing@gcrailway.co.uk

Programmes for the event will be available to purchase for £3 on the day, with bus and rail timetables, at all GCR station booking offices and in the station yard. Please support the event by buying a programme.

Normal train fares apply at this event, except that HRA passes are not valid today.Short-hop train fares are available, enabling you to travel between Quorn and Loughborough one way by free heritage bus and one way by steam or diesel train. Entry to the site at Quorn is free.

Entry to the event at Quorn & Woodhouse is free.
Please click on this link for our train timetable for the day

Two steam locomotives and one diesel loco, plus the diesel railcar, are due to be in action during the Heritage Bus Rally.

Transport to and from the event 

Travel by GCR steam or diesel trains from any of our stations (see times above)

For those coming by train to Loughborough Midland (EMR) station, free heritage buses will run to the event at Quorn & Woodhouse Station from around 0940. More information will be provided here when finalised.

For those coming by car, parking will be available in the field adjacent to Quorn & Woodhouse station (£3 per car). Limited disabled parking for blue badge holders in the station yard: please book spaces by contacting marketing@gcrailway.co.uk. Alternative parking at Loughborough Midland station: www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk/trains-stations/at-the-station/car-parking

For those coming by bus, Centrebus service 154 (Leicester – Anstey – Woodhouse – Loughborough) stops on Chaveney Road, just round the corner from Quorn station driveway. Details at https://www.centrebus.info/bus-services/leicester-city/154/

For further information, including details about bringing a bus or stall to the event, visit https://ltht.org.uk/

Our Annual Bus & Train Spectacular

Our Bus and Train Spectacular took place at Quorn and Woodhouse Station on Saturday May 7th 2022.

It was our biggest ever event. Thank you so much to everyone that attended and made it such a special day!


We plan to continue our monthly meetings at the Braunstone Civic Centre for as long as COVID regulations allow. All of our face to face meetings will follow the latest government safety guidelines.

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Whether you want to come along to our monthly meetings at Braunstone Civic Centre with a cuppa, take part in our monthly virtual Zoom meetings or would like to be more involved, we’ve got something for everyone!

At our rallies, why not try conducting or being the face of the organisation at one of our stalls. Why not delve into The Trusts vast archive of Leicester transport history – help us catalogue and uncover the unknown facts that shaped our transport history?

We have plenty of opportunities to get hands on with our fleet of historic vehicles too. Our volunteer team take pride in restoring and maintaining our fleet in historically accurate condition, just as you might remember it.

Become a member today and then contact us via the web site for further details.