The new child-friendly interactive display, based on the state of the art electric locomotive set to be introduced by FirstGroup TransPennine Express (TPE) later this year, has opened in time for the school summer holidays.
The new ‘TransPennine Express at Riverside’ display is enhanced by a 360 degree view of the cab and flythrough of the new train’s interior, some technical information, images and links to other locomotives on display at Riverside and held in the city’s collection. A handling kit will further aid educational workshops by allowing children to explore items such as seat fabrics, driver’s uniforms and materials used in the construction of the train’s exterior.
Importantly it will increase the number of hands-on exhibits at Glasgow’s most popular museum, which welcomed more than 1.3 million people in 2018. Riverside is Scotland’s award-winning transport museum and this latest display ensures the city’s world renowned transport and technology collection features future and current vehicles that provide a modern context to some of the historical objects on display.
The new Nova 2 train will come into operation in 2019. TransPennine Express will launch 12 five carriage electric trains, which will operate between Glasgow, Edinburgh, Preston, Liverpool and Manchester. Each train has 286 seats, 22 of which are in first-class, with 60% of them situated around a table. This is an increase of 105 seats compared with the trains currently in use. There is on board wi-fi, an entertainment system and power sockets at each pair of seats, 4 on-board toilets and storage for 4 bikes.
The TransPennine Express driver’s cab is now open, it is located on the ground floor of the main hall in Riverside Museum, below the Infinite Velodrome display.
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