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Ulster Transport Museum

Wheels of Business

This exhibition recognises and appreciates the contribution of transport to our economy—past, present, and future.

Permanent display

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People have invented vehicles to serve different purposes over the course of hundreds of years. Without vehicles, the potential of almost any business is limited. This exhibition recognises and appreciates the contribution of transport to our economy—past, present, and future. The Wheels of Business exhibition presents a look in at people who drive vehicles as part of their everyday jobs.

Highlights of this exhibition include:

Giant’s Causeway Tram

Opened in 1883, the Giant’s Causeway Tramway was the first hydro-electric tram system—it ran on electricity generated by water turbines. The tram, which travelled between Portrush, Bushmills, and the Giant’s Causeway, was closed in 1949, but in 2001 a section re-opened as a tourist attraction.

Belfast Telegraph Newspaper Delivery Van

The Belfast Telegraph used this large Austin A125 Sheerline van to deliver newspapers because it was fast and reliable. The van travelled over 1,000 miles a week and in every kind of weather on the Belfast-Londonderry run, so maintenance was very important.

Inglis Horse-drawn Bread Cart

Inglis Bakery used horse-drawn vans to deliver bread and cakes to shops and homes. This van is fitted out with shelves and drawers to hold the baked goods. The sliding latch on the rear doors could be locked to prevent people from making off with the treats!