Transport museum opens with a bang...

Grampian Transport Museum are literally launching their new season tomorrow (Friday) with a bang - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

Organisers were “delighted” to unveil their secret new exhibit and star of the big screen at a special preview evening yesterday (Wednesday).

‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ - one of six cars built for the filming of the iconic 1960s movie - has come to the end of an extensive restoration which Grampian Transport Museum visitors will be available to view for the very first time tomorrow.

As well as this, the popular Alford museum is gearing up for a busy tousim season with the opening weekend over the Easter holidays.

It’s got many new exciting features in store - from a real 1960s Dalek to famous guitars and more, as well as a brand new exhibition area named “Pop Icons” which will reflect popular culture from the 1960s to the 1990s - bookended by one of the first and last “old style” Mini ever built.

Another famous exhibit will be Billy Connolly’s famous motortrike as featured in his “world” tour of England, Wales and Ireland.

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For the first time in 2013, visitors to the museum will be able to scan QR codes to view further content on their smart phones. Codes will be placed next to various exhibits, enabling visitors to view a range of images and video content from the museum’s own archive and the archive of British Pathé.

Last but not least, the Grampian Transport Museum will also be turning 30 on Monday, April 1.

Over the years the museum has expanded an impressive amount and collected a range of different exhibits.

There’s a series of permanent exhibitions covering just about every aspect of road, rail, cycling and buses as well as temporary shows.

The race track proves popular and the transport museum also has a Junior Driving School aimed at 5-11 year-olds, introducing little ones to driving and road safety.