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In April 2010, Glasgow bade farewell to the Transport Museum, which was situated in rear portion of the Kelvin Hall building, off Dumbarton Road.  A bittersweet day for Glaswegians, who visited the museum in their droves over the years.   It is moving to a new venue, the                                ,  to re-open in Spring 2011. ** See bottom of page

Outside, on Bunhouse Road, there were a line of old-style buses waiting to take people to the Scotland Street School Museum.


Text Box: Scores of people turned out for the last day, to refresh their memories of past visits and to introduce their children and grandchildren to a great Glasgow institution, if they had not already done so.  Many of them will have visited the Museum as children themselves, but not in this building, as the Museum moved to the Kelvin Hall from the Tramway building on the south side of the River Clyde in 1986.
Text Box: Crowds view the exhibits on the last day of opening, 18 April 2010

After the demise of the much-loved Glasgow Trams in 1962, some examples were donated and a Transport Museum was opened in 1964 in the defunct Tram Depot.  In 1988 that venue became the

Tramway Theatre

The trams or ‘caurs’ have always been a big attraction at the museum, of course —but there are other modes of transport to see, and another favourite, too!

Kelvin Street is a cobblestoned representation of a Glasgow Street, with shops, a subway station and a cinema.  We are told that, in the new museum there will be three streets, each representing a different era.  Originally, there was not going to be a cinema, but that seems to have been overturned and a cinema will feature.  I’m guessing probably in the street of the 30’s.

Cinema box office

Kelvin Street

 In addition to the usual selection of shops which used to be found in a shopping street in the past, such as Post Office, stationers, tobacconists, butchers, chemists, hobby shop, bakers and clothes shop, this street also has a mock-up of a subway (underground) station.

In the new museum, there will be staff in the shops dressed in the appropriate styles of the era and some of the shops will actually have things on sale.

The picture on the left shows the platform, with a very old carriage on the right and a slightly more modern one on the left.

Inside the old carriage

Some of the other forms of transport on display…...

Subway Maintenance Vehicle

An often heard exclamation… My Dad/Grandad had one of those !!”

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I hope this new museum lives up to the hype!  We have been spoiled by what we had on offer at the Kelvin Hall. We will see in Spring 2011 !!  ** The Riverside Museum opened in June 2011 Click Here for review.

Riverside Museum

This mosaic is reputed to have come from the foyer of the                                     , now long gone.  The rubble from the demolition formed the foundations for the

The Clyde Room, which featured scale models of the ships built on the Clyde, was closed on the last day, the packing having begun.  We are told these ships will be shown on a conveyer belt in the new museum.   Good idea?  Personally, I think they are safer in the glass cases.


St. Enoch Station Hotel