Transperience

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Auditorium of the former Transperience transport museum, February 2010

Transperience was a short-lived museum of passenger transport located at Low Moor, in the south of Bradford, England. It opened in July 1995, but closed only 2 years later in October 1997, with debts of over £1 million.[1]

Museum

The museum was built on the site of Low Moor railway station, (which had closed in 1965), at a cost of £11.5 million.[1] It included a 1 kilometre (1,100 yd) tram line which made use of the trackbed of the Spen Valley Line towards Cleckheaton, and visitors could ride on a Hungarian tram or a trolleybus. There was also a series of vehicle simulators and an auditorium.

The museum failed to attract the numbers of visitors hoped[1] and was closed in 1997.

The site today

The museum site was sold to a property developer in 1998[2] and is now an industrial estate. Some parts of the museum, such as the auditorium, still stand.[3] A number of the vehicles in its collection have been sold to other collections, such as the Keighley Bus Museum.[4]

Future

The land formerly occupied by the museum is the site of the new Low Moor railway station which is due to open in June 2016.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oldham, Nick (1998-04-03). "Where Transperience went off the rails". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 2010-03-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Probe call into £11.5 million Transperience investment". Telegraph & Argus. 1998-07-06. Retrieved 2010-03-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Bolton, Humphrey (2010-02-08). "Auditorium of the former Transperience transport museum". Geograph. Retrieved 2010-03-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/tahistory/featuresnostalgiapasttimes/10490961.End_of_the_road_for__dream_park_/?ref=arc

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