Step inside Driver’s Cab from ‘Train of the Future’
- Dates and times
- 17th Dec 2019 - 17th Dec 2026
- All ages
Come to Riverside and step inside a life-size replica driver’s cab of the brand new Nova 2 train by FirstGroup TransPennine Express. The child-friendly interactive display is based on a new state-of-the-art electric locomotive, set to be introduced on routes between Scotland and Northern England in 2020.
Leo Goodwin, TransPennine Express Managing Director, explained; ‘To build this faster, greener, electric train, engineers first had to make detailed drawings of what it might look like and how it would run. Then they conducted many tests to see if their ideas worked. This life-size replica cab was made to test the driver’s experience, comfort and safety and to see how the train’s exterior would look in real life.’
Riverside is home to Glasgow’s world famous transport and technology collection, including some notable locomotives from the 1900s. Having the Nova 2 train cab on show, representing the future of rail transport, keeps our collection current. What’s more not many people actually get to sit in the driver’s cab of a train, so the fully accessible interactive is expected to be popular, especially with younger visitors to the museum. Older ones can explore the vastly different conditions train drivers enjoy today, when contrasted with their compatriots who travelled up and down the country more than one hundred years ago.
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. It is located on the ground floor of the main hall, below the Infinite Velodrome display.
Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.
Hearing loop available within venue.
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There is wheelchair and pram access to all public areas using the lifts.
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The nearest Train station (PTK), Subway station and Bus station can all be found at the Partick transport hub, also known as the Partick Interchange, around 0.6 miles from the museum. There are signposted walking routes from there to the museum.
The lines for the train station run through the Low-Level platforms, at Glasgow Central (GLC) and Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ).
The closest Subway station to Glasgow Central is St Enoch’s.
The closest to Glasgow Queen Street is Buchanan Street.
The 100 service operates from George Square South, stop 609973, every 45 minutes starting approximately 10.20am daily. The service is operated by Community Transport Glasgow. View the timetable here
Visit the City Sightseeing website for more information on the city tour services.
Cycle parking is available at the west side of the museum.
EV Rapid charging station available in car park.
Please note: If you are coming into Glasgow by train and planning to use a PlusBus ticket, the sightseeing buses are not covered.
The Next Bike bicycle hire scheme is also in operation around Glasgow, with locations to pick up and drop off around the city, including at the Riverside.
If you use a Taxi or private-hire car, there is a drop off point beside the car park. Disabled visitors can be dropped off at the front door, access is via the slip road barrier.
In case it is of use to anyone in your party, the AccessAble website has some useful accessibility information.
If using a Sat Nav for directions, we recommend you enter “The Riverside Museum” rather than the postcode.