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Update from Riverside Museum’s Decant Team

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Riverside Museum’s decant team have been extremely busy over the past few weeks due to the return of our heavy haulage contractor, Allelys, and the removal of most of the Museum of Transport’s large objects.  

With the exception of the horse-drawn tram, all of the tramcars at the Museum of Transport have been removed. We’ve been busy with the locomotives, too. Only the Gordon Highlander remains in the museum.

Canvas protection is drawn over the Bailie Burt tramcar No 1089 in preparation for its move to Riverside. In the background, the Gordon Highlander locomotive, the last big object remaining in the Museum of Transport.

And while Allelys’ specialists and Riverside staff have been working on removing the large objects, Glasgow Museums decant technicians have been preparing objects such as ship models, bicycles, prams and motorbikes for transportation to the stores at GMRC. We’ve also prepared a selection of objects for removal to Riverside, where they’ll go on public display when the museum opens in spring 2011.  

The biggest move we’ve made recently has been the South African Railways locomotive 3007 – featured on this blog and in the press. I was lucky enough to courier both the engine and the tender – a-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. SAR loco 3007’s arrival at Riverside was a momentous occasion for the project, and to have ridden in the cab hauling both the engine and the tender was a great privilege!

Now that the majority of the large objects have been installed at Riverside, we’ll start to see some of the smaller vehicles and objects moving to their new Clydeside home.

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