LUPTS 60th anniversary :   
5-7 October 2018   




This autumn marks 60 years since the events which led to the formation of the Society.   To mark this major anniversary, a weekend of celebratory activities has been arranged for the first week in October.   It is hoped to bring together as many of the founder members as possible, as well as everyone else who was involved in the Society until it folded as a student body in 1991.  


  Friday 5 October 2018

The Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service’s Heritage and Education Centre, Bridle Road, Bootle has an extensive collection of artefacts and archive of material relating to the Merseyside Service and its constituent members.   Meet at 10:50 for an 11:00 start.  

We have then been granted access to the Museum of Liverpool Large Objects Collection in Juniper Street, Bootle where we will be given a guided tour by curator Sharon Brown.   She is hopeful that a loco bell and worksplate – presented to the Museum by LUPTS in 1970 – will be available for display.   Meet 13:20 for a 13:30 start.  
Please note that this event is fully subscribed and we can no longer accept bookings.

Finally, on the Friday evening at 19:00, former LUPTS member Neil Cossons will give an illustrated talk on industrial archaeology of the Liverpool area and his role in ensuring that much of it was saved.   This event will take place at a Liverpool City Centre venue and is scheduled to finish by 21:30.
Please note that this event is fully subscribed and we can no longer accept bookings.

  Saturday 6 October 2018

Bus tour.   The tour leaves Liverpool City Centre at 11:00 using a series of preserved ex-Liverpool Corporation buses.   After a refreshment break, this trip will visit the West Lancashire Light Railway in Hesketh Bank, a 610mm-gauge line built around a clay pit.   A special steaming has been arranged for our party along the 400m running line.   We’re then back on the bus heading for Burscough, the base of the Merseyside Transport Trust.   The MTT have about 40 buses from the area’s major operators, covering the period from 1946 onwards.   The site is also home to the Friends of the 502 Group, who are in the process of restoring the only two surviving cars from the multiple units which ran on the electrified lines out of Liverpool Exchange between 1939 and 1980.   Members of both organisations will be on hand to update visitors with restoration progress.   From Burscough, we return to Liverpool City Centre and, for those attending the evening event, through to Birkenhead.


Buffet and presentation.   This event will be hosted at the Pacific Road Arts Centre, Birkenhead.   We start with a buffet meal, accompanied by hot and cold drinks, starting at about 17:30.   Following this, there will be a series of illustrated presentations covering the Society’s activities and its members through the years.   If anyone has material of LUPTS events which they believe have not been shown before, please contact the organisers.   The evening is scheduled to end at about 21:30

  Sunday 7 October 2018

The LUPTS 60 weekend has been chosen to coincide with the annual Wirral Bus and Tram Show, based on and around the heritage tramway.   Prior to the official start, the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society have agreed to run a private journey for LUPTS members on ex-Liverpool tramcar 245.   This round trip will depart from Taylor Street depot at 09:30.   Participants will be able to use their ticket for as many round trips as they like on the trams for the remainder of the day at no extra charge.   To conclude our weekend, there will be a short bus tour on a preserved Merseyside PTE Leyland Atlantean.   This will depart from near Taylor Street at 12:00 and include a final group photograph before the LUPTS party disperses.


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All of the above events are subject to adjustment.   A final programme will be distributed to participants approximately 10 days before the events.   Please note that the nature of many of the locations visited and vehicles being used are not fully accessible for people with mobility difficulties.   Please contact the organisers if you need any clarification.


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Last updated: 17 September 2018

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