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The Red Wheel Scheme

The Red Wheel Scheme was created by the National Transport Trust to recognise and commemorate the most significant sites of historical importance to transport heritage in the United Kingdom.

About Red Wheels

The Transport Heritage programme commemorates Britain's rich and globally important legacy in the development of transport. Our aim is to present a comprehensive overview for each site, in a way that will attract a new and wider audience.

The most significant of these locations are marked by erecting a National Transport Trust Heritage Plaque or “Red Wheel” on the physical site. You can use the extensive search functions within this website to locate sites of greatest significance. To date we have placed over 120 Red Wheels around the UK.


This programme links with, and takes advice from, national and local historians, industrial archaeologists and other experts, and historical societies. We work in partnership with relevant organisations - as an example the Canal & River Trust

 

Additional sites of interest

As well as the Red Wheels sites, this website has a searchable database of over eight hundred interesting Transport Heritage Sites which can be readily visited and inspected. Many represent an extraordinary technical or engineering leap from the then recieved wisdom, and are a source of pure wonder.

To be listed on our Transport Heritage Sites website database, the building(s), artefacts or general site has to be shown to have special value within their general category; for architectural reasons; as an illustration of progress in social or economic history; as involving technological innovations; for their associations with particular individuals or events; or for their group value. 

 

On 4th July 2021, Lord Montague of Beaulieu unveiled a Red Wheel plaque at Micheldever Station commemorating the first documented car journey in UK, which started at the station on 5th July 1895. More details...

 

Entries on the Heritage Sites and Red Wheels database are generated from many sources of historical information, including Wikipedia. The Trust welcome's feedback and notification of errors in entries. The Trust cannot be held responsible for errors made in good faith by its volunteers compiling entries. 

 

How to search for Red Wheel and Heritage Sites (download pdf guide).

 

With changes in National and Local regulations coming through fairly frequently during the Covid-19 pandemic, National Transport Trust cannot update the opening hours on our webpages.  It is essential you check with the operator before visiting any particular location on our Heritage Site and Red Wheel Database.  Please follow National and Local guidance to reduce the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

Red Wheel Sites Map

Map Legend:
Red Wheel Site
Transport Heritage Site
National Transport Trust, Old Bank House, 26 Station Approach, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Surrey KT10 0SR