When we were searching for suitable permanent premises one location kept on being raised time-after-time. Built as a tram shed in the early 1900s, and later used as a bus depot, Maryfield Tram Depot has been empty for some considerable time.
The Maryfield Tram Depot is right in the heart of the Stobswell area between Stobsmuir Park and Morgan Academy and, once redeveloped, it would make ideal premises to display our local transport history. As well as bringing a historic building back to use, the central location of the premises would allow visitors from a wide area to see and enjoy the transport heritage of Tayside and beyond.
After a four year campaign, on Thursday 6 November 2014 we were finally able to announce that we had successfully acquired the former Maryfield Tram Depot in Forfar Road, Dundee, which will become our long-term home. A huge amount of work and considerable funds are required to bring this iconic building back into use. In the meantime, we continue to develop our temporary premises at Market Mews.
In March 2010, whilst in the care of Scottish Water, the Maryfield Tram Depot (Former) was moved to the “Buildings At Risk” Register for Scotland (view register here) due to its deteriorating condition. We have a huge challenge ahead of us to save this historic site.
In February 2019, Dundee Museum of Transport launched a dedicated website to the Maryfield Tram Depot project. Visit www.maryfieldtramdepot.org to find out more about the project and add your views or questions.