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LUPTS weekend 2017: 28-30 April 2017

Weekend now over: report here


2018’s event will be over the weekend of 4-6 May 2018

In addition, to mark the 60th anniversary of the society, a special event will be held in the autumn, provisionally over the weekend of 6/7 October 2018



The Liverpool University Public Transport Society (LUPTS) was formed in 1958 by a group of undergraduate students at the University with a mutual interest in all kinds of transport.   Over the next 33 years, it organised meetings and afternoon trips, ran tours by rail, bus and tram, published a number of booklets and was active, locally and nationally, in the enthusiast world.

One of its earliest projects was the generation of support for the preservation of Glasgow tram 1055, previously Liverpool 869, and this led to the formation of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society, with tram itself  eventually passing to the National Tramway Museum at Crich.  LUPTS continued as an active student society through the 60s, 70s and 80s but, with declining numbers, was forced to disband in 1991.   LUPTS therefore no longer exists but groups of former members continue to perpetuate its name.   It no longer has any connection with the University of Liverpool.   These web pages have been created to give an online presence for the exiled Society.



One from the archives.  On 20 February 1960, a LUPTS party travelled from Liverpool to Glasgow in increasingly bad weather in order to participate in a tram tour in car 1055 (the former Liverpool 869) the following day.  Until a few years ago, no photograph of the road leg of the weekend’s activities had ever come to light, but this image was found amongst the collection of the late Frank Oldfield when it was passed to Online Transport Archive.   (The story of the tram tour is described here.)

The Ribble driver for the trip was Liverpool transport enthusiast Ted Gahan and the image has been posted here now as a mark of respect to Ted, who died on Friday 29 January 2016 at the age of 89.  Ted once owned a Bedford OB – ex-West Yorkshire FWW596.   It is understood that this vehicle was used to take the LUPTS party across to Bradford on the occasion of the trolleybus tour on 15 March 1970, although there is no definitive record of this.   Confirmation – preferably with a photograph – would be gratefully received.


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