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Encyclopedia > Museum of Transport and Technology

The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) is a museum located in Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand. It is located close to the Western Springs Stadium, Auckland Zoo and the Western Springs Park. The museum has large collections of old aircraft and other transport vehicles, though many of these have yet to be restored. The Louvre Museum in Paris, one of the largest and most famous museums in the world. ... Western Springs is a residential suburb and park in the west of the city of Auckland in the north of New Zealand. ... Schematic map of Auckland. ... Western Springs Stadium is an entertainment venue in Auckland, New Zealand that consists of a natural amphitheatre. ... Auckland Zoological Park is situated next to Western Springs, close to the Auckland central business district. ... Willows in Western Springs Park, looking east Western Springs is a residential suburb and park in the west of the city of Auckland in the north of New Zealand. ...

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MOTAT 1 - Great North Road

Motat 1 was established on the site of a beam engine pump house, which originally provided Auckland's water supply (system similar to a Markfield Beam Engine). The beam and wheel are turned and a restoration to steaming condition is underway. A range of other early steam engines are kept in running order including a triple expansion engine. The remains of a beam engine at Wanlockhead A beam engine is a design of stationary steam engine. ... This This 100 horse-power Beam Pumping Engine was built in 1886 to transfer 4 million gallons per day of sewage into the London system for treatment at the Beckton outfall works. ...


Exhibits include trains, trams, vintage traction engines, carriages, cars, buses, trolleybuses and trucks, particularly fire engines, electrical equipment, space flight exhibits including a Corporal rocket and general science exhibits. There is also a 'colonial village' of early shops and houses, including a fencible cottage and a working blacksmith shop. The American-made MGM-5 Corporal missile was the first guided weapon authorised by the US to carry a nuclear warhead. ... The Sea Fencibles was a naval force that worked to protect the United Kingdom from 1793 to 1802. ... A blacksmith A blacksmith at work A blacksmith at work A blacksmiths fire Hot metal work from a blacksmith A blacksmith is a person who creates objects from iron or steel by forging the metal; i. ...


The 'Pioneers of Aviation' Pavilion holds memorabilia of early aviators, including the engine, propeller and other remains of Richard Pearse's 2nd aircraft, (together with research supporting the claim that he made uncontrolled hops/flights prior to the Wright brothers), a replica of the craft which was flown and his 3rd aircraft (an attempt at a VTOL tilt rotor craft). The pavillon also holds relics from the Walsh brothers flights and school, Charles Kingsford-Smith's trans-tasman flight in the Southern Cross, Jean Batten's England - New Zealand flight and later record breaking efforts (her Percival Gull is exhibited at Auckland International Airport), as well as of the the Pan American Airways and Imperial Airways flying boats of the late 1930s and TEAL flying boats of the 40s and 50s. Richard Pearse For the film director, see Richard Pearce. ... The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871–January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867–May 30, 1912), are Americans generally credited with making the first controlled, powered, heavier-than-air human flight on December 17, 1903. ... Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) describes airplanes that can lift off vertically. ... Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith (February 9, 1897 - November, 1935), often called Charles Kingsford-Smith, or by his nickname Smithy, was the best-known early Australian aviator, completing the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland, the first flight from Australia to New Zealand, and the first to complete... The Southern Cross at an RAAF base near Canberra in 1943. ... Jean Gardner Batten (September 15, 1909 – November 22, 1982) was a New Zealand aviator, born in Rotorua. ... Percival Gull British low wing wood and fabric 3-4 seat civil monoplane first flown in 1932, powered by an aircooled inline engine. ... Auckland International Airport (IATA: AKL, ICAO: NZAA) is the largest and busiest international airport in New Zealand serving over 12 million passengers a year, which is expected to more than double in the next 15 years. ... Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) was the United States principal international airline from the 1930s until its collapse in 1991, and was credited with many innovations that shaped the international airline industry. ... The Imperial Airways Empire Terminal, Victoria, London. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... Teal may mean: Look up Teal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary A type of duck, for example The Common Teal, Anas crecca The Green-winged Teal, Anas carolinensis The Black Teal, Aythya novaeseelandiae The Brown Teal, Anas aucklandica The Silver Teal, Anas versicolor The Cape Teal, Anas capensis teal (color...


Trams are displayed at MOTAT 1 and operate daily between MOTAT 1's Great North Road Site and Auckland Zoo in Motions Road (soon also all the way to MOTAT 2's Meola Road site). Auckland Zoological Park is situated next to Western Springs, close to the Auckland central business district. ...


MOTAT 2 - Motions Rd / Meola Road

An Avro Lancaster bomber at MOTAT 2.
An Avro Lancaster bomber at MOTAT 2.
A Short Solent flying boat at MOTAT 2.
A Short Solent flying boat at MOTAT 2.

Also known as the 'Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield', named after Keith Park, the Battle of Britain and Battle of Malta hero, MOTAT's aviation museum is on a separate site, neighbouring the Waitemata harbour and Auckland Zoo. It contains memorials to Fleet Air Arm and Bomber Command pilots, radar and other aviation related material, as well as workshops for work on other vehicles, but the main feature is the collection of New Zealand's civil and Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 298 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 298 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Avro Lancaster was a four-engine World War II bomber aircraft made initially by Avro for the Royal Air Force (RAF). ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 225 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 225 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Short Solent was a passenger flying boat produced in the late 1940s, developed from the Short Seaford or Short Sunderland Mark IV military flying boat design, (which was too late to serve in World War II). ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Rodney Park GCB, KBE, MC, DFC, DCL (June 15, 1892 - February 6, 1975) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force in World War II. // Early Life and Army Career Park was born near Auckland, New Zealand. ... Combatants United Kingdom Germany Commanders Hugh Dowding Hermann Göring Albert Kesselring Strength initially 700; grew to nearly 1000 by the end of the Battle. ... The naval Battle of Malta took place on July 8, 1283 in the entrance to Grand Harbor, Valetta, when a galley fleet commanded by Roger of Lauria (Ruggiero di Lauria) defeated a fleet of Angevin galleys commanded by William Cornut and Bartholomew Bonvin. ... Waitemata can be: Waitemata Harbour, a large bay in New Zealand Waitemata City, a local government body on the shores of Waitemata Harbour, now part of Waitakere. ... Auckland Zoological Park is situated next to Western Springs, close to the Auckland central business district. ... The Fleet Air Arm is the operational group of the Royal Navy responsible for the operation of the aircraft on board their ships. ... Bomber Command is an organizational military unit, generally subordinate to the air force of a country. ... The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) is the air force arm of the New Zealand Defence Force. ...


MOTAT 2 also has an operational railway with 1 km of track, holt stations and a selection of former New Zealand Government Railways, light Industrial locomotives, wagons and carriages.


Collections

Motat features several major collections of transport vehicles:


Click on the collection name for indepth artefact information

  • Aircraft collection - houses New Zealand's largest collection of civil and military aircraft, all with genuine New Zealand aviation pedigriees, These range from relics from Richard Pearces first 1903 aircraft and an interpretive replicas, as well as his original third vertical takeoff aircraft. 1930's Fox and Tiger Moths, 1930's Rapide, Short Solent 1940s double decked flying boat, from New Zealand's first International Airline TEAL, a Short Sunderland marine patrol flying boat, De Havilland Mosquito wooden fighter bomber, a restored 1940s Avro Lancaster bomber, Douglas DC-3 Dakota through to a De Havilland Vampire 1950s jet fighter and a RNZN Westland Wasp maritime helicopter.
  • Locomotives collection - includes seven steam locomotives from an pioneering 1874 NZR F class to the iconic NZR K class steam locomotive, smaller branch line, industrial and logging tank locomotives. Also six diesel, petrol and petrol electric locomotives, including the NZR DA class which was built to replace the mighty K class from the 1950s through the 1970s and became the most prolific mainline locomotive in New Zealand. The collection also includes stations, carriages, wagons and other rolling stock.
  • Tram collection - displays and operates twenty one electric, steam and cable trams, support equipment and vehicles from former New Zealand tramway systems of Auckland, Wellington, Wanganui and the Mornington Cable tram system in Dunedin. Auckland's electric tram system was opened in 1902 and the final closure was in Wellington in 1964. An 1883 Dunedin Cable Car trailer is the sole South Island tramway exhibit and there are additional trams from Melbourne, Australia. The museum is one of only four operational Museum and Heritage Tramways in New Zealand.
  • Trolleybus collection - contains a representative collection of trolleybuses which operated in Auckland between 1938 and 1980. Firstly a 1km Department store route in central Auckland from 1938, then the trolleybus system duplicated and replaced the aging tram system between 1949 and 1956. The trolleys were in turn replaced by diesel buses in 1980.

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Tram service

Tramlines were laid within the Museum boundaries and commenced operation in 1967, outside the Museum boundaries using rail set in mass concrete in 1980 along Gt North Road, with further extension along Motions Road to the Auckland Zoo in 1981. The line is currently (2006-2007) being extended to MOTAT 2 to the aviation hangar, a further 900 metres down Motions Road, with completion due early in 2007. The system is a welded track set in mass concrete.


Trams are operated daily between MOTAT, along side the Western Springs Park and precinct to the Auckland Zoo. During mid 2007 the extension currently under construction to MOTAT 2 will be opened, connecting both sites. The Museum admission includes the tram ride and casual tram passengers may purchase cash fares on board the trams.


External links

  • MOTAT - Museum of Transport and Technology (official museum website)

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