Summerlee, Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
Summerlee, Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, formerly known as Summerlee Heritage Park, is an award-winning industrial museum in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It was built on the site of the old Summerlee Ironworks and incorporated the main workshop of the former Hydrocon Crane factory.
It temporarily closed in 2006, but reopened on 26 September 2008 following a £10m refurbishment (pictured right).
The former main hall was completely redesigned by North Lanarkshire Council's in-house Design Team and now includes a stainless steel café pod and futuristic viewing pavilion. The museum aims to show Lanarkshire's contribution to engineering, and incorporates interactive displays and a children's "Discovery Zone".
- the main exhibition hall
- the remains of the former iron works
- the canal and basin
- the railway
- the sawmill
- the miners cottages
- the allotments
- the tramway and depot
- the mine tour and surface buildings
The Summerlee Transport Group (STG) was formed in 1988, in order to support the maintenance and operation of the tramway.
|Original System||Car Number||Built||Notes|
|Lanarkshire Tramways Company||53||1908||Open topped double decker|
|Düsseldorf||392||1951||Wheelchair access tram from Germany|
|Glasgow Corporation Tramways (Ex. Paisley and District Tramways)||1017 (Ex. Paisley 17)||1904||Single Decker - Glasgow "School" Car|
|Glasgow Corporation Tramways||1245||1939||Cornation Class Tram - Currently undergoing long-term restoration|
Railway Rolling Stock
|Gibb and Hogg, Airdrie||0-4-0ST||1898||Dark Green||Worked for Fife coal company and later N.C.B. Fife area. Later displayed in Pittencrief Park, Dunfermline. Only surviving locomotive from this builder. On display in exhibition hall.|
|9||Hudswell Clarke||0-6-0T||1909||895||Light Green||Worked for Fife Coal company and later N.C.B. Fife area. Open air display alongside mainline railway.|
|Springbok||4112||North British Locomotive Co.||4-8-2+2-8-4 Garratt||1956||Black||3ft 6in Gauge South African Railways GMAM Class. Repatriated c.1988. Open air display outside exhibition hall. Owned by Springburn Museum.|
|Robin||Sentinel||4wVB||1957||9628||Blue||Worked at R.B. Tennants, Whifflet Foundry, Coatbridge. Open air display alongside mainline railway.|
|5||Barclay||0-4-0DH||1966||472||Red||Open air display alongside mainline railway.|
|936103 (311103)||977844 (76433)||Cravens||BDTCOL||1967||Blue||Designated "historically important" by the Railway Heritage Committee.|
|936103 (311103)||977845 (62174)||Cravens||MBSO||1967||Blue|
|936103 (311103)||977846 (76414)||Cravens||DTSO||1967||Blue||Scrapped August 2006 by CF Booth, Rotherham. Bogies sold to VSOE for use under pullman coaches. This vehicle contained the sandite tank.|
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- St Fagans National History Museum - Museum of Welsh Life, Cardiff, Wales.
- "The Summerlee Transport Group". The Summerlee Transport Group.
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- Details from Visit Lanarkshire