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Visit to the Dundee Museum of Transport: Tuesday 3 March 2015

Dundee Transport museum chairman Jimmy McDonnelld

Dundee Transport museum chairman Jimmy McDonnell

© John Yellowlees, 2015

Opened last spring in temporary premises at Market Street, the new Dundee Museum of Transport celebrates Dundee's status as a centre of transport innovation and has already attracted 11000 visitors.

Exhibits include a Fowler steam roller, an early electric car, Dundee's oldest bus - a Daimler dating from 1949 - and models of many ships. There's a collection of railway signs, and enthusiasts are building a replica of local aviation pioneer Preston Watson's aircraft that may have predated the Wright Brothers.

A monthly series of events will boost visitor numbers in 2015, and a business plan is indicating a bright future as a self-sustaining business that will complement the city's other tourist attractions including Discovery Point, Verdant Works and the forthcoming out-station of the V&A.

As befits the Museum's tram collection - Dundee's last-surviving horse tram which latterly served as a garden shed in Perth and a double-deck Aberdeen tram that did duty as a summerhouse - a move is being planned in about two years to a permanent home in the former tram depot at Maryfield.

The Scottish Region thanks Jimmy McDonnell, Dr Colin Smith, Graeme Fraser and Matthew Jackson for their hospitality and for making us so welcome.

Report and photograph by John Yellowlees.

 

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