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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Future[edit]

The land occupied by the museum may go full circle – Metro plans to re-open Low Moor station to passenger use although, as of May 2013, this is on hold due to a shortfall in funding. [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Oldham, Nick (1998-04-03). "Where Transperience went off the rails". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Probe call into £11.5 million Transperience investment". Telegraph & Argus. 1998-07-06. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  3. ^ Bolton, Humphrey (2010-02-08). "Auditorium of the former Transperience transport museum". Geograph. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 

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Coordinates: 53°45′09″N 1°44′47″W / 53.7526°N 1.7463°W / 53.7526; -1.7463