A very busy Sunday

On Sunday 8 June 2014 not only was Dundee Museum of Transport open as usual but we also were busy promoting it at two local events – WestFest and The Tayside Classic Car Club Show.

Some photos from both of these events have now been added to our Events Photos 2014 page.

Don’t forget that time is running out to submit entries for our own Motor Show on Saturday 10 August 2014 – click here for more information and to download an entry form.
 

Event photographs: Official Opening Weekend: 26 & 27 April 2014

After a very busy week when we have literally welcomed thousands of visitors to our newly-opened Museum we have now added some photographs from the Opening Weekend event to the Events Photographs 2014 page.

Also on this page is a video previewing some of Museum’s exhibits currently on display, courtesy of Alan Richardson.

Don’t forget that when you take out a Museum membership you get unlimited free admission until 31 March 2015!
 

Opening weekend – free vintage bus link announced

We are delighted that Stagecoach has agreed to operate a free vintage bus service from Dundee Bus Station to Dundee Museum of Transport on both Saturday 26 April and Sunday 27 April 2014.

On Sunday 27 April 2014 only Stagecoach will run a second linked vintage bus service between Dundee Bus Station and St. Andrews. The duplicates on Service 99 are available to the general public as well as visitors to the Museum. All normal Stagecoach tickets for Service 99, including any Day or Megariders, are valid or can be bought on this bus from the conductor, and any concession passes are also valid as usual.

So for one day only you can travel from the Museum to St. Andrews and back on vintage buses as we turn the clock back and allow you not only to see, but travel on, our transport heritage.

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Remember – get in fast & free on both days when you become a member before 25 April 2014.

   

PRESS RELEASE: National Express Dundee becomes Museum’s main sponsor

Dundee Museum of Transport is delighted to announce that National Express Dundee has become its main sponsor. A number of exciting joint ventures will take place over the coming months and the Museum’s main display area will now be known as the National Express Dundee Exhibition Hall.
National Express Dundee announced as Museum’s main sponsor. Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman Jimmy McDonell (left) with Yvonne Wilson from National Express Dundee holding an old Dundee Corporation ticket machine. Photograph courtesy Alan Richardson.
Chairman of Dundee Museum of Transport Jimmy McDonell said:

“It’s fantastic to have National Express Dundee on board as the main sponsor of our Museum. The whole team has been working extremely hard to establish it as a home for some of the area’s most important heritage and to remember those local pioneers who may have been forgotten over time.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming the public through our doors. I’m sure people will be delighted to see some of the displays we have for them and we can’t wait to show them off!”

Managing Director of National Express Dundee Phil Smith said:

“We are delighted to be entering into this partnership with Dundee Museum of Transport. Not only are they celebrating Dundee and Tayside’s ‘hidden heritage’, they’re celebrating the heritage of our own business, displaying some of the vehicles and memorabilia used by the bus company in its former guise as the Corporation.

“This new attraction is an excellent boost for the city of Dundee and we are very much looking forward to supporting Jimmy and his team on their opening weekend and beyond.”

The Museum will house a collection of vintage vehicles, memorabilia and transport-related items some of which relate directly to the main sponsor National Express Dundee when it was owned by Dundee Corporation.

Dundee Museum of Transport will be opening its doors for the first time on Saturday 26 April 2014 from 11am to 4pm. The celebrations continue on Sunday 27 April 2014 from 11am to 4pm which includes National Drive It Day organised by the Scottish Vintage Vehicle Federation.

With a Jazz Band, bouncy castle, stalls, etc this will be a great family weekend. Market Street will be closed and over 150 vehicles, ranging from vintage to military and commercials, will be on display. Refreshments will also be available on both days.

More details about the opening weekend, admission charges and membership packages will be announced nearer the time.

Further photographs from this event can be found on our Events photos 2014 page.
   

Progress Update 2

Progress has been continuing smoothly this week. Our website and email is currently being moved to a new hosting provider and this should be completed by early next week.  In saying this, if you send an email to any of our team and it bounces then do not worry- just send it later!  We will also be looking to provide some exciting features over the next few months on the website, especially when we begin the membership scheme!

The building itself is shaping up well, we have carpeted the reception area and plumbing for the exhibition hall toilets was completed late this afternoon. Work this week has slowly been moving towards vehicle restoration with the horse drawn tram and Dundee Corp. 127 receiving some work.

Our Wikipedia article also went online this week and you can check the news story regarding that here.

Alistair moved into his fancy new archives store and office in Unit 4 on Wednesday and he is very much looking forward to moving everything over the next few weeks- a lot of work lies ahead!
   

Bus advertisement for Dundee Museum of Transport

Dundee Museum of Transport is now being promoted on preserved Ailsa bus 273 WTS273T and here she is lined up outside our Market Mews premises showing off the new nearside advertisement.

As this bus regularly attends rallies across Scotland it will help to spread the word about Scotland’s newest Transport Museum.
 

Former Dundee Corporation bus AYJ379 returns home

Daimler CVD6 127 AYJ379, the oldest Corporation bus known to survive, entered service in 1951 and was withdrawn to the Museum Department in February 1973. Restored to an early post-war livery it became a familiar sight at Open Days held at the Dock Street bus depot from the 1970s and is now in the care of Dundee City Council. Stored outside for a considerable time the bus was moved to The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum Lathalmond in the late 1990s.

On Sunday 22 September 2013 the bus was brought back from Lathalmond to Dundee Museum of Transport. Discussions are on-going with Dundee City Council’s Leisure & Culture group on how best to present this bus for display with the minimum of restoration.
More photographs can be seen on our Exhibits page.