InTramCities with Gordon Stewart

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Coatbridge, United Kingdom : 17th April, 2017
The museum is located at Coatbridge, in the industrial heartland of Scotland in an area whose development was based on the coal and steel industries.  It was established on the site of a former ironworks, one of the largest in the country in its time, which operated from 1836 until 1926. Whilst the foundations of some of the original furnaces remain open for viewing, the bulk of the museum features mechanical and engineering exhibits relating to the area's industrial history and also tells the story of its people who grew up in an area dominated by these industries.

It also features a short stretch of tramway which offers rides for visitors to the museum. Interestingly, it features old continental European rolling stock, The line opened in 1988 over a 300 metre stretch of track before it was extended. Its first tram was ex-Bruxelles 9062 of 1959 which was scrapped in 2004 after being damaged by vandals. Ex-Graz 225 of 1949 was the other original tram but it was sold in 2010. In the current fleet are trams from Glasgow and an open-topped double decker from the local Lanarkshire Tramways Company dating from 1908.

In service on April 17th 2017 was ex-Dusseldorf 392 of 1951 which came to Summerlee in 1999 and has been modified for disabled access.      

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