From our archive: Argyle Commercial Vehicles

Argyle Motor Manufacturing Company, Ltd., were launched by managing director William Moffat on November, 1968 in the Flakefield estate in East Kilbride. Their aim was to produce, in limited production and to order, hand-built lorries made in Scotland with a payload of 16-ton and two possible chassis, either rigid or tipper. The company became a […]

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Museum Collection: Wooden Horse-drawn Ambulance

Ambulances are a relatively new invention, having been created towards the end of the 19th century. Before then, police, firefighters, and taxi drivers would staff their vehicles with wheeled stretchers – or “litters”, as they were known – in case they were called to take an ill or injured person to the nearest hospital or […]

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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, […]

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Exhibit: Ford Model A Roadster

Now on display for 2019 / early 2020 is the Model A Ford. Launched in December 2nd 1927 after nineteen years in production, the first showing was a complete success, with more than ten million people making their way to see the car within a day and a half of its release, and half a […]

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Recent Acquisition: smart ebike

Last week, Dundee Museum of Transport received the generous donation of a smart ebike (2014), manufactured by Mercedes-Benz, from a museum member. The bike was donated with its original documentation and is in excellent condition. The museum plans to display the ebike next to other electric vehicles and bikes in hall 3. The smart ebike […]

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On this day: 18th August 1966, the Tay Road Bridge opened

On this day: 18th August 1966, the Tay Road Bridge opened linking Dundee city centre with Fife. Thousands attended the official opening by the Queen Mother. A 50 ft (15 m) tall commemorative obelisk stands at the Newport side, with a smaller memorial obelisk at the Dundee side, to commemorate the six men who died […]

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Strathmartine Mini Coaches Archive

Strathmartine Mini Coaches (Dundee) was established in 1970 as a privately-owned coach service. Its speciality was in organised tours of Scotland and England; but the firm also had contracts with local authorities, schools, social welfare organisations, travel agents, and industrial/commercial personnel transportation. They also provided travel for airport transfers, dances, nights out, weddings and shows. […]

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Dundee & Space Transport

On the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 (16th July 1969), Dundee Museum of Transport looks at Dundee’s current links to space transport. Most people would be surprised to learn that space technology research based from Dundee is now used in £10 billion worth of spacecraft thanks to the pioneering work being developed […]

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New Acquisition – 1897 Railway Timetable

Our small collection of railway-related items has been enhanced thanks to this generous donation of a 1897 North British Railway Timetable and two rail tickets. The tickets appear to date from the 1850s and 1860s and relate to commercial trade between Dundee and London. We hope to find out more about these items later this […]

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Audi 80 Donated

The museum would like to thank Mr John A. Smith for donating his Audi 80. John received his new 1994 Audi 80 from Lex Retail Group in Dundee on the 3rd of December 1994. He has been the proud owner of the car for 25 years until he donated it to the museum last week.  […]

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