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Update on South African Loco 3007

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South African Loco 3007 in George Square

South African Loco 3007's first destination in Glasgow was George Square, where it was the striking backdrop to the launch of the Riverside Museum Appeal's fundraising campaign.

In 2007, Curator John Messner was one of the team who brought back locomotive 3007 to Glasgow from South Africa. This mighty machine is Glasgow Museums’ largest object and is sure to make a lasting impression on visitors to Riverside.

But getting the loco back to Glasgow was just the start of John’s work. Since then he’s been helping to develop the displays that will tell the story of our South African steam locomotive. Part of that has included researching its history in South Africa while it was on the rails from 1945-88.

Recently, John’s been interviewing some of the former Glasgow-based North British Locomotive Company workers who helped build the 22-metre giant.  The engine and tender were exported from Glasgow to South Africa in 1945.  John’s also been advising the conservation team on the clean-up and treatment of the locomotive as they prepare it for Riverside.

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  1. Hi, I just wondered where the train is now? Can it be seen, even through railings or a gate? If my 7 year old son could get a glimpse as we pass through Glasgow this weekend he would be over the moon. Hope you can advise. Many thanks
    Keith

    Keith Oakes

    June 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

  2. Hi Keith, many thanks for your query.

    Sorry, but I’m afraid you won’t be able to see loco 3007 this weekend as it is completely covered to protect all the new conservation work and finishes.

    However, after over six months of detailed work, the locomotive is nearly ready for its big move to the new Riverside Museum, where it’ll be one of the star attractions when the museum opens in 2011.

    Later this summer, loco 3007 will be taken through the streets of Glasgow from the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre in Nitshill to the new site on the banks of the Clyde. We’ll be posting details about the move nearer the time, so keep checking back for details.

    cjcampbell

    June 17, 2010 at 8:50 am

    • I would Like to commend all in such a wonderful job to get this loco back to Glasgow. Will definitely visit your city next year to see this beautiful machine.

      Regards from Ireland

      ger

      July 5, 2010 at 10:16 am


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