Training grant – Transport Museum Wythall

Graham Howell, Jim Munro and Chris Packer from the Engineering Department at the Transport Museum in Wythall landscape

The Transport Museum Wythall, has a collection of over 90 buses dating back to 1914, representing vehicles that were either built or operated in or at some point over the last 100 years. Part of the attraction of Wythall is for visitors to ride the buses and experience some of this history. We maintain a running fleet of 12 vehicles per season that must be maintained to a standard that meets current testing legislation for historic vehicles.

Our Engineering department, under the management of Trustee Jim Munro, is staffed by volunteers, many of whom worked in the industry before becoming volunteers but have differing levels of training. To maintain a standard level of vehicle testing, we asked a local training company, Vehicle Inspection & Training Services of Redditch, to deliver a 2-day course at Wythall. Run by Daniela Rathe, they were able to accommodate this over two Saturdays, delivering sessions both in the classroom and in our workshops.

Supported by AIM, our team of Alex Potts, Chris Packer and Graham Howell successfully completed the course, and we are confident we have a standard testing regime that protects both the vehicles and, more importantly, our visitors.

Sebastian Amos, Chair of Trustees

Pictured: Graham Howell, Jim Munro and Chris Packer from the Engineering Department at the Transport Museum in Wythall