Manchester museum launches fundraising appeal to buy 1928 Karrier

News stories are free to read. Click here for full access to all the features, articles and archive from only £2.99.
Identical Ashton 9 in service days. These were imposing buses but – like all early Karriers – unimpressive in reliability. Incredibly, from new until the 1930 Road Traffic Act was implemented, Ashton’s Karriers were operated by one man with no conductor. ENGLISH ELECTRIC/D. BEILBY COLLECTION

Preserved pre-war buses are uncommon, six-wheel buses are rare and Karrier buses are rarer still, so a pre-war six-wheeled Karrier bus is quite something. Geoff Lumb, a well-known Huddersfield enthusiast, has been painstakingly restoring Ashton-under-Lyne 8, a 1928 Karrier WL6, over the last five decades and the project is at last complete. It’s the crowning glory of Geoff’s preservation achievements and he has agreed a deal with the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester (MoTGM) that will take the bus back to its home region, where it will be on permanent public display.

But all that work and time has to be paid for, and the museum says it will need to dip deep into its cash reserves to help fund the purchase. To help out, it is launching a funding appeal so that number 8 can be safeguarded under museum ownership.


Are you enjoying this feature? Why not subscribe to continue reading?

Subscribe for 6 issues/weeks from only £6Or login if you are already a subscriber

By subscribing you will benefit from:

  • Operator & Supplier Profiles
  • Face-to-Face Interviews
  • Lastest News
  • Test Drives and Reviews
  • Legal Updates
  • Route Focus
  • Industry Insider Opinions
  • Passenger Perspective
  • Vehicle Launches
  • and much more!