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Dragon Steamroller Prepares To Hit The Road

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Dragon steamroller during its preparation for its move to GMRC.

Riverside’s decant team has been working with our heavy haulage contractors to get the Dragon road roller ready for its move to Glasgow Museums Resource Centre. Compared with last week’s removal of the last subway car, fitting a 1930s road roller on the back of a lorry was relatively straightforward. The Dragon steamroller will now be transported to the Nitshill stores where, after a bit of conservation work, you’ll be able to see it once again. The photo on your right shows the Dragon peeking out from its protective canvas. Another layer of canvas was used to complete the protection.  

Meanwhile, the decant team is preparing the Number 9 tank engine for its removal from the Museum of Transport and its installation at the new Riverside Museum. While it’s the smallest of the locos in the new museum, it’s the first engine to make the move to Pointhouse and its removal and installation promises to be an exciting and delicate manoeuvre.

The No. 9 tank engine has strong links to Glasgow – it’s the last surviving engine from the Glasgow & South Western Railway, which ran from St Enoch in the city centre to Stranraer, Carlisle and Dumfries.

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Written by Colin Campbell

July 28, 2010 at 10:31 am

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