Vintage Vehicles Shildon - Inside museum - IMG 0965

Interior at Vintage Vehicles Shildon Museum

Vintage Vehicle Shildon Ltd is a privately run museum based at Shildon in County Durham, England. The collection is mainly Commercial vehicle based, but has several rollers & other items such as yard cranes, fire engines and tractors. The collection mainly features Bedford trucks but several other Marque are also represented.


The collection was started by M. Bowman, a retired 3rd generation haulage contractor. The companies history going back to 1890 when his grandfather started with a horse and cart, hauling Coal and sand & gravel for building works in Northumberland.

The collectionEdit

The collection has a range of vehicles from concourse condition restorations to virtual wrecks awaiting restoration. A few of the exhibits are owned by other collectors.

  • 1936 Bedford EMC 824
  • 1942 Bedford OY 9847 AH
  • 1945 Austin K2 HWB 744
  • 1949 Bedford O JRM 354
  • 1952 Bedford O PHW 364
  • 1956 Bedford XWE 401
  • 1956 Bedford RL RYX 302
  • 1956 Dennis F12 FXG 300
  • 1957 Dennis Horla GFO 107
  • 1962 Bedford TK fire engine 436 CNV
  • 1963 Bedford S 372 ECE
  • 1966 Scammell Townsman JLE 74D
  • 1968 Guy recovery truck ABW 87F
  • 1973 Leyland 420FG
  • 1974 Ford Transit ambulance AVS 578N
  • 1976 Leyland Martian JSW 13P
  • 1977 Bedford TK XSC 765R
  • 1978 Bedford TK UNL 516T
  • 1984 Ford Cargo A645 CJR
  • 1984 Ford Cargo B931 PNB
  • 1990 CVE Omni H397 KPY

Opening hoursEdit

The collection is normally open on Saturday and Sundays plus Bank Holidays. The museum will open at other times for parties to visit by prior arrangement. The Road Roller Association members had a visit in early 2010 during their AGM meeting held at nearby Durham.

The museum is located along side the 'Locomotion' railway museums demonstration track between its visitor reception and the main 'collection' building.

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