Time is running out to save the former Maryfield Tram Depot

Dundee Museum of Transport has been negotiating to purchase this historically important building since 2010.

Scottish Water has now set a closing date for offers – 12pm on Thursday 10 July 2014. They claim a developer is interested in the site and that it could be bulldozed for housing. We need as much support as possible to finally secure this building for the future.

   

PRESS RELEASE: Dundee Museum of Transport Announces Official Opening Date

DUNDEE – Monday 16th December 2013

From left: Jack Reilly and Jimmy McDonell

Dundee Museum of Transport (DMofT) announced on Saturday that their current premises at Market Mews will be opening to the public on Saturday 26th April 2014 after nearly four years of planning.  The announcement came during a book launch aboard the Frigate Unicorn for Jack Reilly’s book, “The Caledon Shipyard” which was in partnership with the museum.  The book has generated significant interest which tells the story of the Caledon Shipyard from his mass collection of images and information that he collected whilst working there from the 1950s onwards.  Its launch, which was host to ex-Lord Provost John Letford who was also a worker in the shipyard, was an overwhelming success with all available copies at the event sold out.

From left: Stewart Hosie MP, Marjorie Knowles, Murray Thomson, Norman Robertson, Jimmy McDonell, John Letford and Joe Fitzpatrick MSP

Chairman of the museum, Jimmy McDonell explained his delight surrounding the book launch,

“Today has been a fantastic event, which superseded our expectations. We are thrilled to be able to announce the opening of the museum so that we can re-live the rich transport heritage that the Dundee area has to offer”

Their current premises will act as a temporary museum whilst work behind the scenes will continue to acquire and develop the Maryfield Tram Depot as a permanent location for DMofT.  Jimmy also announced at Saturday’s book launch that the initial stage for Heritage Lottery Funding has been reached today, with the submission of an enquiry and it is hoped that the outcome will be received by the new year.

DMofT is now on Facebook and Twitter and if you have any queries regarding the book or the museum itself you can contact Matthew Jackson (publicity@dmoft.co.uk).

   

Bus line-up link

Ten days ago we posted a picture of four buses parked in Maryfield Depot, the proposed home for Dundee Museum of Transport, and asked for the common link between all four.

From the front are Daimler CVG6 number 184 ETS964 (new 1955), AEC Regent III number 137 CYJ252 (new 1953), Daimler CVD6 number 127 AYJ379 (new 1951) and Ailsa 300 WTS272T (new 1979, converted 1983).

The link is that all four buses have been saved for preservation. Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society care for 184 (front) and 300 (rear), Dundee City Council care for 127 (third from front) and 137 is privately owned.