Cable car back at depot

A 104-year-old Dunedin cable car is the latest large exhibit to embark on a road trip in recent months.

Exhibits have been moved out of the Otago Settlers Museum and back again, and from one part of the museum to another, as the facility undergoes a $35 million expansion and redevelopment programme.

Built in 1906, the Maryhill cable car was originally used on the Elgin Rd extension run, in Kenmure, and transferred to the Maryhill line in 1910.

It was retired in 1955 and went on display at the museum the following year.

Despite its move back to the NZR bus station section of the museum, which has already been refurbished, cable car No 106 will not be available for visitors to touch and clamber upon again just yet. It will be cleaned and conserved, ready for display when the bus station reopens to the public in late 2012.

Until then, the bus station booking hall would be the main public area at the museum, director Linda Wigley said last week.

Visitors would be able to view a Scottish exhibit and a virtual Smiths portrait gallery and watch the conservation of the cable car through glass doors.



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