New Forward Plan 2020 – 2025

Dundee Museum of Transport is looking to the future.  Find out about our long-term plans in our a new Forward Plan for the next 5 years, 2020 – 2025. The plan will inevitably evolve and grow over the next five years but the one constant that we need is you! Your comments, suggestions and messages of support are critical to the shaping of our plans as we develop the Transport Museum into one of the top national visitor attractions.

You can view the plan by visiting About The Museum and clicking the link to for viewing the plan.  Alternatively, you can click the link here. Please contact Ann Porter on with any questions or comments.

A New Home: Former Maryfield Tram Depot Project Update

Dundee Museum of Transport members enjoyed an evening reception this week, with new plans and an update on the progress of the former Maryfield Tram Depot development project.

Andrew Black of Andrew Black Design Architects provided an overview and rationale for the new plans. Following consultation with members, residents and interest parties earlier this year, the plans have been adapted to retain the exterior walls of the rear section of the building.

A Q&A was held and comments from members were overwhelmingly positive, with one member noting “this is what we have been waiting for.”

The visualisations are available on the dedicated web-page and are on view in the museum. The plans will also be put on display at Arthurstone Library later this month. As always, we welcome your questions, comments and messages of support.

This project is part funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014 – 2020

Dundee Museum of Transport Re-opening Reception

The team at Dundee Museum of Transport would like to thank members, volunteers and invited guests for coming along on a very chilly day yesterday, Friday 1st February, to get a sneak preview of the new displays for 2019 and to hear about the museum and it’s future plans.

Following a welcome address by the Museum Chair John Letford MBE, Museum Manager Samantha Walker provided an overview of the museum and its activities in recent years. With visitor numbers increasing by over 20% year-on-year, greater volunteer involvement and new and continuing partnerships with local organisations, the museum is going from strength-to-strength.

The Museum’s Vice-Chair, Peter Webber, then provided an update on the Maryfield Tram Depot project.

Thanks to all who attended

Following consultations with the local community, members and volunteers and other key supporters, a new, phased development was announced that would see the former tram depot brought back to life as a museum.

To provide a full picture of the proposal, was officially launched. The museum team felt it was important for this project to have a dedicated website that could be updated as the project develops and also provide a forum for our supporters to share their views and ideas.

We would once again like to thank all those who attended the reception and are looking forward to meeting the thousands of visitors that we will welcome in 2019. We would also like to thank our amazing volunteers for the weeks of hard work in preparing the museum for the season ahead and for the hospitality that they provided during our re-opening reception.

The Museum is now open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am – 3:30pm (last admission 3pm) this February and then open daily (except Tuesdays) from 1st March.

On the Right Track

Dundee’s Museum of Transport Starts Work on its Permanent Home

Photos: Alan Richardson

2018 is a big year for Dundee with the V&A opening in September. In the north east of the city, another important development is taking place. Dundee’s Museum of Transport will be starting work on restoring Maryfield Tram Depot, its permanent home.

The historic tram depot in Forfar Road is thought to be the oldest surviving building of its type in Scotland. For some years, the listed building had been falling into disrepair. So, in 2010, a group of transport enthusiasts, many with family links to the tram depot, made a decision to save the building. Their solution was to create a transport museum to be housed in the tram depot one day, a fitting use for the building. From this grew one of Dundee’s favourite tourist destinations, Dundee Museum of Transport, temporarily housed at Market Mews in the centre of the city.

Thanks to a grant from Dundee City Council’s Common Good Fund back in 2014

and now with support from Dundee Historic Environment Trust and other funders, the building blocks are in place for the charity to start the first phase of restoration work. This month work will begin on restoring the cobbled forecourt and on returning the surrounding walls and railings to their former glory. Volunteers will begin landscaping the grounds and tidying up the protected trees along Forfar Road.

James McDonell, Chairman of Dundee Museum of Transport Trust, said,

‘After years of hard work and dedication from all our volunteers and supporters, we are thrilled to be starting work on restoring Maryfield Tram Depot. There is still a way to go in securing funds but success is in sight. Our ambition to open the museum in its permanent home in 2020 is fast becoming a reality.’

For anyone interested in Dundee’s transport heritage or in plans for the Maryfield Tram Depot, a visit to the Transport Museum at Market Mews is recommended. For opening hours and transport links, please go to

W. Brown Roadworks at Maryfield Tram Depot

Over the next few weeks our future home at the former Maryfield Tram Depot on Forfar Road, Dundee, will be noticeably improved thanks to the clean-up of the site that is taking place just now. The Museum is grateful to W. Brown Roadworks Ltd. for road sweeping the car park and inside of the building. As these pictures show, they have done a fantastic job!

W. Brown Roadworks Ltd
Maryfield Car Park Before


Maryfield Car Park After


This coming weekend (18th/19th February) a team of volunteers will be on-site from 10am to clear the vegetation and tidy up the outside of the building. Are you free to help out? If so, drop us an email at or call 01382 455196.


Last Chance to Book! Fundraising Dinner

Our fund-raising dinner is an opportunity for YOU to support the restoration of a landmark building and the creation of an exciting visitor attraction that will preserve the transport heritage of the local area. Find out more about the Maryfield Tram Depot project here.


Fundraising Dinner
Friday 4th November
7pm for 7.30pm
Invercarse Hotel
Dress code – Lounge Suit
£40 per head / £400 per table (10)
Contact for enquiries and tickets

Guest Speaker – Willie Hunter

wh600Willie Hunter is currently one of the senior partners of the Edinburgh legal firm Gillespie Macandrew and is the partner in charge of their estate agency department which trades under his name Hunters.

He has been a lifelong supporter of Hearts but has retained a sense of humour despite that. On Saturdays he can be found at Tynecastle Park where he is the resident MC in the main hospitality suite and takes great pride in the fact that he is one of the few people who actually gets paid for watching Hearts.

Guest Speaker – Deborah Leslie

debbie600Deborah Leslie is a superb after dinner speaker. She is a published short story writer, children’s novelist and prize-winning Doric writer. She is the author of two children’s novels and has published three collections of short stories written in the North East’s Doric dialect.

“…Debbie replied to the Toast to the Lassies where she gave it to the men with both barrels, reduced the hall to helpless laughter and made herself an instant heroine to the womenfolk of the community…” – Mark Stephen, Brodcaster and Fyties Hall Chairman

Auction & Raffle List

Airport Transfer (Airport Travel)
Round of Golf for 4 (Piperdam)
Holiday Home for 1 week in Aviemore (Ramsay Travel)
Magnum of Champagne (Thorntons)
Xmas Hamper (Dobbies Garden Centre)
Case of Wine, 6 bottles (PS Ridgeway)
Hospitality (Lochee United)
Car Service up to the value of £140 (Blackness Auto)
Mercedes Benz Watch, +£200 value, (PS Ridgeway)
A fantastic selection of Tools (Dingbros)
Round of Golf for 4 people @ Blairgowrie (GS Insurance)
Hamper (Grosset’s Butcher)
Hospitality for 2 at Dens Park at any Category B match in the 2016/17 season. Includes seats in the Directors box and snacks in the 169 club in the Gilzean Lounge (Dundee FC)
Web site hosting for 2 years including domain name registration (PR Systems)
2 places in the Captains box at Tannadice for a home match including food with a pay bar (Dundee Untied FC)
4 for hospitality (Lochee United)
Round of golf for 4 (Ballumbie Golf Course)
Dog Grooming (Absolute Dogs)
Dundee Stars Home Game for 4
Free MOT (Dundee Car Services)

And many more individual items!

November 4th. It’s a night not to be missed.

A huge thanks also to Larry Duncan and Tom McMillan from Lochee United and also Duncan Souter from Brodie Duncan Kitchens for their support in organising this event.

Maryfield Funding Drive Continues


Dundee Museum of Transport has today (Thursday 20th October) revealed that their Heritage Lottery Fund application for just over £2M will be refined and enhanced after receiving detailed feedback from the funding institution.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) uses money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.  It is currently planned that the funding will be used in the development phase of the Maryfield Tram Depot project.

The HLF were complimentary of the project, where they “considered that [the] project did qualify for support”.  In addition, the achievements to-date and ambition of Dundee Museum of Transport were highlighted, as was the Trust’s ability to work with partners and build on local partnerships.

Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell said:

“We are not at all dismayed with the outcome that we received from the Heritage Lottery Fund and we see this as an opportunity to strengthen our position and resilience of the Trust to ensure that we are more than capable of delivering our ambitious project.”

“We have had nothing but strong support from the HLF, with our project being identified as eligible for funding.  As such, we will be using this time to work with our existing partners to strengthen key aspects of the organisation.”

The Museum opened its current premises to critical acclaim in 2014, achieving a three-star VisitScotland rating and Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in its first year alone.

Led solely by volunteers, museum bosses have heralded the recent success and are continuing to drive the project forward in their quest to seek nearly £4 million to redevelop their Maryfield Tram Depot into a fully restored national visitor attraction.

Dundee Museum of Transport is currently open Tuesday to Sunday 10.30 to 15.30 at its temporary Market Street premises.

£500,000 boost for Dundee’s Maryfield Tram Depot

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has today announced a £500,000 boost to help Dundee Museum of Transport renovate the former Maryfield Tram Depot.

In the early 1900s the B-Listed red brick building housed the city’s trams, part of a popular network that operated for 79 years. After the last tram left the building in 1956, Maryfield became home to a fleet of buses, cementing its position as an important part of the city’s industrial and social heritage.

Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland [LEFT] and Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell. [CENTRE] Shona Robinson, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport [RIGHT]
Pic Alan Richardson Dundee,
Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland [LEFT] and Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell. [CENTRE] Shona Robinson, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport [RIGHT]
The building has stood empty in recent years, falling into disrepair, but has now been bought by Dundee Museum of Transport. The funding from Historic Environment Scotland will help them to make the repairs needed to make it a permanent home for their collections.

Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland, said,

“Dundee Museum of Transport have developed a clear and pragmatic business plan for renovating the building, and it’s clear they have strong support locally as well as from funders like HLF. It’s great to see a project which has such a high level of community interest, and I’m looking forward to seeing the museum in its new home.”

The money is awarded as part of Historic Environment Scotland’s Building Repair Grants scheme, which supports repair work to buildings of historic or architectural interest. This is the third round of investment to be announced since Historic Environment Scotland came into being in October 2015.

Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell said,

“We are delighted that Historic Environment Scotland is contributing significantly towards the vital repairs required to the Maryfield Tram Depot.  This is a crucial scheme in our development plan towards transforming the B-listed building into a modern transport museum fit for the future.  Our mission as a Trust is to preserve and enhance our rich transport heritage for generations to come, and this grant is a significant step in achieving that goal.”

“With the predicted influx of visitors set to descend on Dundee in the months and years ahead, a result of the ongoing investment in the city and its Waterfront, we believe that Dundee Museum of Transport has an important role to play.  Not only will it be a fantastic, engaging and accessible tourist attraction for the city, but a place in which we can spark fresh interest in Dundee’s heritage, and re-ignite memories of days gone by.”

Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland [RIGHT] and Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell [LEFT]
Pic Alan Richardson Dundee,
Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland [RIGHT] and Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell [LEFT]

Press Release: Transport Museum Secures Major Funding from Local Trust

Dundee Museum of Transport has today (Thursday 31st March 2016) announced the first fruits of its fundraising drive, with confirmation of a £80,000 grant.

The Mathew Trust, based in Dundee, aims to support individuals into employment.  Its grant will fund a new Museum Director and a consultancy post for two years to carry the project forward.

Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell said: “We are extremely privileged to have been offered this grant from the Mathew Trust- it will allow us to carry the project forward by bringing in the expertise we need to make the very best of this opportunity that we have.

“We would like to thank the Mathew Trust for showing their support in such a spectacular way, and we are looking forward to announcing further financial support over the coming months.”

David Martin,Fotopress,Dundee Dundee Museum of Transport secures £80,000 grant from The Mathew Trust,based in Dundee. PIC- Lto R. VIPS etc at announcement Don Ridgway,Chris Law[MP],Shona Robison,Joe Fitzpatrick,Lord Provost Bob Duncan, Jimmy McDonell,Chairman of Dundee Museum of Transport ,Matthew Jackson,Museum of Transport,and Fraser MacPherson,Councillor
David Martin, Fotopress Lto R. Don Ridgway, Chris Law, Shona Robison, Joe Fitzpatrick, Lord Provost Bob Duncan, Jimmy McDonell [Dundee Museum of Transport] , Matthew Jackson [Dundee Museum of Transport] and Fraser MacPherson [Councillor]

The Museum opened its current premises to critical acclaim in 2014, achieving a three-star VisitScotland rating and Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in its first year alone.

Led solely by volunteers, museum bosses have heralded the recent success and are driving the project forward in their quest to seek nearly £5 million to redevelop their Maryfield Tram Depot into a fully restored national visitor attraction.

Jim Clarkson, Regional Director at VisitScotland added, “This £80,000 grant from the Mathew Trust will help Dundee Museum of Transport continue its programme of improvement at a time when the city is undergoing some exciting changes, particularly in terms of the Waterfront Development.”

“In Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the grant will help Dundee Museum of Transport remain an exciting part of the city’s tourism offering, boosting the visitor economy in the process.”

Dundee Museum of Transport begins its Summer 2016 season next month and is currently open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am to 3.30pm at its temporary Market Street premises.

Dundee Museum of Transport Secures Maryfield Tram Depot after Four Year Campaign

Dundee Museum of Transport has today announced their successful bid for the Maryfield Tram Depot after four years of campaigning. The category B listed building has been marketed by Scottish Water since 2005 and has been on the agenda for the group since negotiations began in 2010. The organisation now aim to begin a funding drive after which the group will restore the building to its former glory and relocate from their current premises by the end of 2017.
Jimmy McDonell outside the Maryfield Tram Depot.  Photo: Alan Richardson
Dundee Museum of Transport’s chairman, Jimmy McDonell said: “We are thrilled that we have succeeded in our mission to secure the depot for use as our permanent home and we thank Scottish Water for making the right decision and also to all the support we have received from Dundee City Council, MP’s, businesses and the local community.”
“The news also came on the day that we received a full-sized licensed replica of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for a long-term display so it puts meaning to the saying that good things come in two’s”
The museum opened its current premises in April to critical acclaim, receiving a 3-star rating from Visit Scotland and rocketing into the top 5 visitor attractions in the Dundee area on review site TripAdvisor. Led solely by volunteers from the local community, the organisation focuses on the restoring, preserving and displaying transport-related memorabilia and vehicles, including Dundee’s last remaining horse drawn tram from a garden in Perth earlier this year.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang licensed replica which is now on display until next year.  Photo: Alan Richardson
Discussing the future of the museum, committee member Matthew Jackson said: “We are pressing on with our sustainable business study which was funded by the Historic Lottery Fund and alongside our consultants will include a refresh of the feasibility study to produce a quality plan for Maryfield as we progress towards the next stage of funding”

“This is an exciting time for Dundee and our project and we will be looking to consult with the local community as soon as possible to get the very best out of this excellent opportunity.”

National Express, the museum’s main sponsor also welcomed the sale. Managing director Phil Smith said: “I’m extremely pleased that Dundee Museum of Transport’s bid for Maryfield Tram Depot has been successful – it’s great news for this excellent visitor attraction. Transport is an important part of Dundee’s past, present and future. I wish them the very best of luck with planning their move into this fantastic historic building.”
The museum will remain open at their current premises on Market Street throughout the development and already have a line-up of events for the 2015 season.

To read more about the Maryfield Tram depot click here.