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.
A visit in November 2022 to the BCVM brings something I hadn't noticed before but it was there in June. The H.Bridges, Lytham, liveried lorry, a Ford Model T. Bringing the story to life on our Bridges Transport page linked here. Thanks to the friendly guide who gave some background to this although I was struggling to remember what I'd written some 10 years ago. Apparently there is a link to Leyland and Lynx Express distributors of Tomlinson Road Leyland, now UPS it seems.
The museum has some fascinating wallboards and stands about Foden and ERF of Sandbach and how the business divided through family rivalry. The first ERFoden lorry is on display. The one below is a later one with characteristic windscreens.
Finding out about Foden. Some great wallboards and stands in the museum provide insight into how Foden divided into Foden and ERF as part of a family disagreement on the future.
Photos below of some of the ERF and Foden trucks in the museum.
The first ERF, named ERFoden at the time:
A later ERF:
A later Foden:
A visit in June 2022 the BCVM brings some movement of exhibits and a change in operators of the cafe.
The museum re-opened in January 2019 after a long period of refurbishment. Gone is the upstairs section near the entrance and arriving is a new ticket office and cafe, plus a brighter look and longer opening hours.
Emma's Cafe is open outside museum hours and is nicely done. The vehicles have digital displays describing their heritage.
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.
Billing Stevens bus
Leyland bus. Fishwick of Leyland.
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
Leyland Steam Vehicle.
We all have our favourites. Here is mine. A Leyland Tiger Cub, Burlingham body. 1956. Ribble coach. X30 Glasgow.
Marks and Spencer Beardmore.
Post office, getting those wires fixed.
Warrington Foden, London bus, Bournemouth trolley bus. This isn't there now
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.
Archive material, can be bought on line.