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"We were so blown away by the guys’ professionalism, standard of work, problem-solving, and initiative. They went above and beyond, and were so attentive, as well as cooperative with our wider colleagues. It was an absolute pleasure to work with them all, and we look forward to having them on site again."

Manpreet Dhadda, Interpretation Developer at National Railway Museum

The Client

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The National Railway Museum proudly represents over 300 years of Britain’s railway history and is home to the Nation’s most iconic and remarkably well-preserved trains and locomotives. With over 6000 objects of engineering excellence on display, the museum has won many awards, including the European Museum of the Year Award in 2001.

The Project

The Innovation Platform Exhibition is a temporary exhibition from the National Railway Museum celebrating ground-breaking ideas and achievements from the contemporary rail industry. Showcasing the latest innovations in rail development, it will run as four thematic seasons covering Autonomous Technology, Decarbonisation, Smart Cities and Communities over the course of two years. Each thematic season will last six months, beginning on site at the National Railway Museum before moving to Locomotion in Shildon for a continuing six months. It is a collective opportunity for the Science Museum Group and their partners in the rail sector to showcase the latest and greatest in rail technology to the public. 

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Credit: Jason Hynes - TIP Decarbonisation photos

The National Railway Museum required the transportation of objects between seasons and locations of the exhibition, with scope for the project to be extended pending successful completion of works.  A complicated four-phase programme commencing end of 2022, it runs throughout 2023 and demands a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and dedication to execute. 

The Solution

The main objective for our Cube Relocations Specialist Movers, is to handle each thematic season’s transfer of specialty items with significant weight and size with the utmost care. With a broad wealth of experience to draw upon, we have successfully completed a number of projects for the Science Museum Group in the past including The Natural History Museum and most recently, The Imperial War Museum

Our Cube Relocations’ heavy relocations division has decades of experience, all members of staff are trained, tested and receive regular updates as lifting technology evolves. The team have moved a multitude of museum objects and have extensive experience in moving machinery and process equipment – CHP Units, Milling Machines, Lathes, CNC Machines and 3D Printers to name but a few. 

During the span of the project, the team will use Professional Packing Materials and Specialist Lifting and Moving Equipment to ensure a seamless relocation for the Museum’s cutting-edge objects.

The Process

Each of the four phases are a Two Day Programme. Day One our fleet’s 7.5 Ton Tail-lift Box and Luton Tail-lift vehicles are used to transport larger, irregular sized objects to their destination. Day Two, our crew unloads and instals in situ in accordance with the client’s site plan.

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Phase 1

Collection, delivery, and installation of four railway objects from five partner sites to exhibition space at National Railway Museum, York.

Phase 2

Collection, delivery, and installation of one railway object in two sections from exhibition space at National Railway Museum, York to respective partner sites.

Phase 3

Collection, delivery, and installation of three railway objects from exhibition space at National Railway Museum, York to Locomotion, Dale Road Industrial Estate.

Phase 4

Collection, delivery, and installation of two railway objects from exhibition space at Locomotion, Dale Road Industrial Estate to respective partner sites. 

The transported objects include;

  • Fuel cell including pipework and balance of plant from the HydroFLEX Hydrogen Train
    Dimensions: 1760 (L) x 870 (W) x 1135 (H) mm
    Weight: 600 kg
  • Composite mast – Innovative Mast for Greener Electrification (IMAGE)
    Dimensions: 640 (L) x 640 (W) x 6000 (H) mm
    Weight: 250 kg
  • Low carbon concrete
    Dimensions: 580 (L) x 580 (W) x 500 (H) mm
    Weight: 60 kg
  • Composite sleeper
    Dimensions: 133mm (H) x 255mm (W) x 2600 (L) mm
    Weight: 115 kg
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Credit: Jason Hynes - TIP Decarbonisation photos

Project Highlights

Our Cube Relocations’ specialist movers work closely with the museum representatives to guarantee a smooth and precisely organised relocation and our Cube Relocations’ services team complete risk assessments and methods statements for each phase. On-site supervision is provided together with a daily review of activities and deadlines with the site Project Manager. The sign-off of the project only happens when everything is fully completed for the final thematic season. 

Additional Information

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Credit: Jason Hynes - TIP Decarbonisation photos

Attracting more than 750,000 visitors per year, the National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world. The museum is Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Winner in 2020, 2021 and has received a number of prestigious awards, most recently in 2022. 

Representing the past, present and future of engineering brilliance, the museum has organised an exhibition showcasing how innovative technology can decarbonise Britain’s railways, contributing to the aim of turning the industry into a net zero commerce. Find out more about the exhibition here.

Should you require similar specialist moving services, contact us or give us a call on 0800 027 2668 to speak to our friendly team. We will be delighted to be of any assistance to you.

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