Repairs, Maintenance & Storage

Repairs & Maintenance

We are now in a position to offer a mechanical repair and recovery service. Stuart Atkinson is now working from our Seagate workshops offering a wide range of services from repairs to maintenance. We also offer a trailer recovery service.

Discount available for DMofT members.

For more information please contact Stuart on 07957 459506 or at the Transport museum front of house.

Storage

Storage at our new premises in the Seagate for members only.

For our Terms Please contact Stuart Atkinson, Colin Milne or Jimmy McDonell.

This facility is for our membership so all you have to do is join up with the transport museum.

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Alan Clark

All at the Transport Museum are coming to terms with the loss of one of our members Alan Clark. He played a very important part in establishing a transport museum for our city and will be very sorely missed and a supporter that will be very hard to replace. RIP Alan Clark

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MidgeT-TD – 1951 (United Kingdom)

As a tribute to Morris Garages, MG is a sport automobile constructor founded in 1924. At first, MG was a Morris retailer created their own models by replacing the bodywork of existing Morris’. After many expansions, the success was there: the demand exceeding the offer, they had enough notoriety to get their proper identity and they parted from Morris Garage. The MG Car Company Limited was born in 1928.

T Series marked the transition between the small series production and the industrial automobile era and its exportation. With the automobile market in high demand, the British government pushed the company to sell abroad. These series, and in particular the TC, TD and TF, were amongst the first models imported in large numbers to the USA justifying the slogan of the leaders: ‹‹Export or die››.

In the lineage of the typically British roadsters, the TD was remodelled to increase the comfort and satisfy the most demanding customers. MG put the XPAG motor of the TC on the new frame developed from the type Y sedan. The TD had a new front suspension with independent wheels, composed by two triangles and helical springs instead of leaf springs. Steel wheels replaced the thread wheels, a first for a MG, along with bumpers, installed for the first time on the Midget TD.

To answer the request of the USA market, the left -hand driving was provided for the first time on a MG.

The TD turned out to be a commercial success since its inception and allowed for an increase of MG sales, in particular toward the USA. The production of the TD ended in August 1953 after the production of 29 915 copies.

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Visit at the Scottish Fisheries Museum

 

Situated in a wee and beautiful harbour in the town of Anstruther, the Scottish Fisheries Museum has been running since 1969. We went to visit as, like us, this museum is an independent Trust but it is much more developed. Our volunteers and staff found the visit really interesting – we found out about how they manage their collections and took inspiration from their displays and retail area. Thanks to all the team at the museum for spending the afternoon with us!

Don’t hesitate to go visit them. Here’s the link to their website => http://www.scotfishmuseum.org/

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Glamis Extravaganza

Thanks to our members, some of the displays of the Museum attended the 43rd edition of the Scottish Transport Extravaganza for the first time. If you are interested in joining us you can sign up and becoming a member => https://www.dmoft.co.uk/get-involved/membership/

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Advertisement for Museum Trustees

ADVERTISEMENT Trustees – Dundee Museum of Transport.

Deadline: Monday 31st July 2017

Dundee Museum of Transport (a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, SCO41529) is currently recruiting Trustees to join its governing board. This is a voluntary role. We are looking especially for individuals with professional experience in any of the following areas:

·         Legal

·         Secretarial

·         Fundraising

·         Museums / visitor attractions or experience of working in the third sector

This is an exciting time to be a Trustee with Dundee Museum of Transport. Having secured the site of the former Maryfield Tram Depot in 2014, the Board of Trustees are working towards strengthening the management of the museum in preparation for a major re-development project of this Grade ‘B’ listed building. Dundee Museum of Transport has been open at its Market Mews site for three years and is developing a fantastic collection of transport-related objects. It has established itself as an important attraction with the City.

The Board of Trustees meet monthly on a weekday during the last week of the month and a number of sub-committees have been set-up to support specific areas of the museum, from events to finance.

Experience of working in the third sector would be beneficial however it is not essential. Knowledge of museums is not required, although an interest in heritage is desirable.

We hope you will agree this is a fantastic opportunity to develop and utilise your skills to help run a successful small museum and take part in shaping its future development. For more information about the museum visit www.dmoft.co.uk.

You can find out more about the role and responsibilities of Trustees in The Essential Trustee Guide from the Charity Commission. For an informal chat please contact either the Chairman of the Board, Mr James McDonell or the Museum Manager, Samantha Bannerman, on tel: 01382 455 196

 

Deadline: Monday 31st July 2017

To apply: Please send expressions of interest together with a C.V. to: Mr James McDonell, Chairman, chairman@dmoft.co.uk or by post to Mr James McDonell, Chairman, Dundee Museum of Transport, Unit 10 Market Mews, Market Street, Dundee, DD1 3LA.

Dundee Museum of Transport’s purpose statement:

The Dundee Museum of Transport will preserve the transport heritage of Dundee and the surrounding area. We aim to enable our visitors to gain enjoyment, learning and inspiration from our collections, buildings and activities.

 

 

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ITERA – 1980 (Sweden)

An innovation which appears good on paper but turns into a commercial fail: this is the story of the Itera bicycle developed by Volvo. Substituting metal with plastic was the peculiar idea of a Swedish designer. In 1978, funding was released for this composite plastic bicycle project by a Swedish organisation, The Swedish National Board for Technical Development. In 1980, a functional prototype was produced and in 1981 the first models were presented to the press and to the retailers. In 1982, the bicycle models manufactured in a factory in Wilhelmina (Sweden) appeared on the market. Made of composite material with injected fibreglass stick rims all tinted in the mass along with polyamide wheels, the Itera is equipped with 3-speed Sturmey-Archer derailleur in the hub, including the dynamo, an anti-theft key, and an XM9 Iscaselle saddle.

The bike was delivered unmounted in a cardboard box, but there were complaints from purchasers about missing pieces or tools for the mounting. There were many reasons for the failure of this model including difficult maintenance, lightweight structure and replacement and replacement parts becoming out of stock to name a few. Plus, the Itera presented a certain fragility depending on the climate: if it was too cold, the frame could break and it was unbalanced. In reality, the perfect concept wasn’t quite so perfect: nothing could replace the good old metal frame. The Itera wasn’t the commercial success hoped by Volvo. The production ended in 1985 after approximately 30 000 copies and Itera became a collector’s item.

The Itera is on display in hall 3 of the Museum and is on loan from a private collector.

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Craigowl Primary School visit

 

Volunteers from Dundee Museum of Transport attended Craigowl Primary School this month with the Routemaster and Hillman. These vehicles are members of our recently established vehicle register. The team will be out and about at various shows over the summer. If you are interested in joining us, find out more about the vehicle register here: https://www.dmoft.co.uk/2016/10/vehicle-register/

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Tay Rail Bridge Disaster

Tay Bridge Disaster illustration

Dundee Museum of Transport is now working on the fall of the Tay Rail Bridge in collaboration with Professor David Swinfen, the author of the informative book of the same name which you can find to purchase in the shop section here. We also have the precious help of our other partners in the City to develop this exhibition. Plans are at an early stage and we want this exhibit to reflect both the engineering failure and the victims of that failure. In this regard, the museum is keen to hear from anyone who may have objects relating to the disaster that can be put on display. The exhibition is planned to open at the end of 2017 to coincide with the anniversary of the disaster, 138 years after.

Any information should be forwarded to manager@dmoft.co.uk

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Restoration project: Dundee Panda Car

Dundee’s last surviving Police Panda Car is soon to be fully restored to its former glory. Its progress can be seen at the Emergency Vehicle Day on Sunday 16th July 2017.

The museum recently purchased the 1970 Morris Minor at auction from a seller in Rugby. As well as the vehicle, the museum has acquired various memorabilia including roof lights, a police radio and original badges and buttons from a uniform.

The Registration Number of the vehicle is KTS 504H. Photographs from the period show the vehicle in service with Dundee Police some five years before the force was amalgamated into Tayside Police.

 

Dundee Police Panda Cars. Note the registration of the vehicles.

Before restoration work

After restoration work. The vehicle should be fully restored by the end of 2017.

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