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British Commercial Vehicle Museum,

Leyland, Lancashire

This museum in Leyland, Lancashire is in part of the old Leyland Motors works close to the centre of town but well positioned for a detour off the M6, junction 28. It's signposted to the museum in Leyland, about a mile, 3 minutes drive with a decent car park outside and a small one inside.

Photo taken in the British Commercial Vehicle Museum Car Park March 2013. Preston Bus, hybrid fuel, on show at the Spring Event:


It contains around 70 vehicles from several manufacturers; buses, lorries, vans, fire-engines, steam and diesel powered. Has its own car park and cafe.

Very clean, nicely presented, although a bit dark. Staffed by friends. Neat cafe a bit basic. Good programme to read.  

Their website is linked at the bottom of the page. Recommended as a worthwhile detour.

Morris, Bedford, Beardmore etc vehicles, not just Leyland.

There is also a massive archive and photograph collection.

There is an entry charge.


Note this is not the official museum website, see the link at the bottom of the page.

Leyland Society Event 2015 and BCVM

Spring 2013 BCVM event report

Leyland Society Event 2006

Leyland Society event 2005.

Link to other transport museums in UK page.



My photos of inside the museum, July 2012

Atkinson Truck.

Atkinson Vehicles

Bedford Truck

Bedford Truck

Billing Stevens bus

Billings Stevens bus

Leyland bus. Fishwick of Leyland.

Leyland Tiger bus - British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Foden Truck

Foden Truck - British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Fulwood Fire Tender. They're looking for 2 horses to tow this in the Guild Procession. Contact them if you can help. Link to their website

Fulwood Fire Tender

Leyland Truck

Leyland Truck

Ribble Bus

Ribble Bus - British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Leyland Steam Vehicle.

Leyland Steam Vehicle

We all have our favourites. Here is mine. A Leyland Tiger Cub, Burlingham body. 1956. Ribble coach. X30 Glasgow.

Leyland Tiger coach


My photos of inside the museum, 2007

Beardmore - Marks & Spencer

Marks and Spencer Beardmore.

Post Office Morris

Post office, getting those wires fixed.

British Commercial Vehicle Museum

British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Warrington Foden, London bus, Bournemouth trolley bus. This isn't there now

British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Morris Commercial sitting pretty.

2007: Hotpot with bun, Chorley cake and a mug of coffee. They'll be getting everyone in. Tasty and not microwaved either. Pleasant staff.

Note 2012: The cafe has been modernised now and the menu has changed.

2007: Serving hatch in the old canteen. This isn't there now.

A bit big for my collar, nice badges.

Link to their website

Archive material, can be bought on line.

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