Auditorium of the former Transperience transport museum, February 2010
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 in West Yorkshire, Northern 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 1,100-yard (1 km) 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] or the Dewsbury Bus Museum.

Reopened station

The land formerly occupied by the museum is the site of the new Low Moor railway station.

References

  1. ^ a b c Oldham, Nick (3 April 1998). "Where Transperience went off the rails". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Probe call into £11.5 million Transperience investment". Telegraph & Argus. 6 July 1998. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  3. ^ Bolton, Humphrey (8 February 2010). "Auditorium of the former Transperience transport museum". Geograph. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  4. ^ "End of the road for 'dream park'".

Further reading

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