National Transport Museum, County Dublin

National Transport Museum, County Dublin

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The National Transport Museum in Howth contains Ireland’s only comprehensive assembly of public service and commercial road transport. You’ll find even the most humble of vehicles are featured, many of which are the last remaining examples of their type or extremely rare. Portraying the golden age of commercials, the collection includes some 30 marques, more than half of them now demised and all four Irish commercial vehicle builders are represented.

The Transport Museum Society of Ireland began in 1949 with an unsuccessful effort to preserve three Dublin trams. The society became a limited company in 1971. From there the society’s collection grew from 25 (in 1973) to a staggering 170 (in 2001) and it has continued to grow at an average rate of five vehicles per year. Currently out of the 100 vehicles in the museum in Howth, 60 of these are on display, while the rest can be viewed with prior arrangement.

The items range in age with the oldest dating back to 1883 and the newest dating back to 1984. The collection is divided into five categories: Passenger, Commercial, Fire and Emergency, Military and Utility. Each category contains its own stand out specimens.

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