Canvey Island Transport Museum

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Canvey Island Transport Museum

Canvey Island Transport Museum
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Lisa C
Southend-on-Sea, UK51 contributions
A good few hours...
Apr 2019
A lovely little museum of busses, we spent a few hours looking at the buses and then ventured upstairs to visit the model railway with our transport obsessed little man. As most of the busses are privately owned there are only one or two that you can venture on to.
Written 9 September 2019
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Tony F
Canvey Island, UK146 contributions
Grandson loves it
Jun 2019 • Family
My grandson loves it here....loves buses especially the vintage ones....only downside is finding models of what he has seen 😩
Written 2 July 2019
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Richard W
Canvey Island, UK33 contributions
Buses.
Sep 2018 • Solo
I went to the museum on a Sunday as I had nothing better to do.
There was about 20-30 people visiting (this was about 1pm) so wasn't very busy. Lots of buses on display (I remember travelling on some of them!) with a lot of knowledgeable volunteers on hand to answer any questions.
Only two minor gripes really... very little or no information about the individual buses and boarding was not permitted.
Free parking is available on site.
Written 8 September 2018
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JoB21
Colchester, UK121 contributions
What a good morning out
Aug 2018 • Family
This museum is in Canvey (our first trip) we were really surprised. It is donation only but is worth making one. There are lots of buses, a fire engine and a model railway as well as some interesting exhibitions. Well done to the volunteers who keep this going, we spent a couple of hours with our two year old who loved it!
Written 27 August 2018
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killemall
Leigh-on Sea, UK93 contributions
The bus that took me to school 53 years ago!
May 2018
I thought buses were for nerds, but was passing the museum and decided to treat my wife to a visit. It was her birthday, after all.

The team of enthusiasts were very friendly, helpful and accommodating and knew their subject very well. There were vehicles from my early childhood, school years and fire engines of the type that I had driven in that profession. (I retired some 16 years ago).

I arranged with Gordon, one of the nicest blokes I have ever met, to attend a driving day later in the year. This was held at their site in Bradwell, and I had a great time. A lovely way to spend our wedding anniversary.

A great place, full of enthusiastic people, evocative sights and smells and a very friendly atmosphere.
Written 24 May 2018
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clonbrin1
Basildon, UK11 contributions
Nice Free Visit
Apr 2018 • Family
Took my mum to this place on the first day of opening this year, it was very interesting seeing the old fire engines and buses, talking to the people that owned them made it even more so.

We had a nice free VIP of tea and sat upstairs watching the trains on the big model railway, really enjoyed this free day out.
Written 6 April 2018
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Ken C
Boston, UK1,560 contributions
Been wanting to visit for absolutely ages...
Apr 2018 • Couples
And I wasn't disappointed. I've been a bus enthusiast for 60 years and I've know Essex for much of that time. When this museum came to my attention I lived too far away to make a visit. I was staying with my partner and within an hours drive so on Easter Sunday we were able to make the journey for their first open day of 2018.

Later in the season they have an event which includes cars and commercial vehicles, together with a 'park and ride' bus service from a car park elsewhere in the area. However on this occasion, it was more low key. Nonetheless the building - a former bus garage from 1934 in Art Deco style - was well worth a visit.

I didn't count the number of vehicles inside (which included a fire engine and at least one other non-bus) but there were plenty to walk round and admire. There are many notable buses, not all of which are native Essex buses, some awaiting or undergoing restoration.

I was impressed with the volunteers who run the site. Not long after we had started to look round, one of them came up to us and spent several minutes telling us about the museum and it's history.

Photography is difficult given how many vehicles are inside - and on this occasion because of poor natural light. However, we were able to see everything with ease.

Also on site is a sizeable model railway, a shop, a small museum with artefacts relating to bus operation which include a range of ticket machines as well as badges and uniforms. There is also a display of old toys, photographs news cuttings about the locality. Upstairs there is a room called the Traffic Office. This is set out more or less as it would have been when the building was a working bus garage. It is where drivers and conductors (remember them!) reported for work.

I spent a number of years in the bus industry including seven as a driver. The ony thing that they haven't been able to preserve is the typical bus garage 'smell'...warm rubber, oil and a hint of diesel fuel. Otherwise the place would be 'Excellent Plus' for me, not just Excellent. I'm sure I'll be back again. Even my partner enjoyed it despite all my reminiscing!

There is no entry fee on standard open days, but donations are welcome. Please do give. Everything is done by unpaid volunteers.
Written 4 April 2018
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Ken J
Birmingham, UK943 contributions
Not just another bus museum
Oct 2017 • Friends
Well it is just another bus museum if you go there on a ordinary open day although it is historical and has things like a model OO gauge railway and cafe. However if you go there on one of its main running days like we did it is full of stalls and dealers plus free bus services to the sea front area where visiting buses are parked on the local field. worth going for the experience and you could also include the canvey Island Miniature Railway if you chose a Sunday to visit when both are open.
Written 11 October 2017
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Tracey
United Kingdom27 contributions
Visit
Oct 2017 • Family
Annual transport show, variety of merchandise to buy, well maintained collections together with uniforms and authentic smells of yesteryear transport. Alongside creative working Model railway. Information galore.,..
Written 11 October 2017
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Douglas A
Lydbrook, UK175 contributions
Afternoon Treat
Oct 2017 • Couples
We were in the area visiting family, and this venue was open. It only opens for the first and third Sunday each month, April to October. It is run voluntarily by a small group of members, and relies on donations from visitors. Free entry, how many places can you say that about.
The transport displayed is mostly buses, but great to see and remember the old days.
Upstairs is a fantastic model railway, worth the visit just to see that.
The shop also has some great bargains. We got 3 railway DVDs for £1.
Written 1 October 2017
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