Friday photo: Western Isles Transport Preservation Group

David and I had a very interesting meeting with members of the Western Isles Transport Preservation Group last night.  They are interested in preserving the transport history of the Western Isles, and have recently acquired and are busy renovating a building in Stornoway which will become a transport museum to house their collection of vintage vehicles.  They also collect memorabilia relating to commercial vehicles, and in particular they have a large photo collection of vehicles that serviced the Outer Hebrides. 

Again it is a pleasure to meet people who are so enthused about the heritage of the Western Isles, and who have achieved so much all through voluntary work.  They are also a friendly bunch so if you are have an interest in motor vehicles, or have material that may be of interest to the group; please contact them using their e-mail:

While sifting through the albums to find a photo that had a motor theme, I came across this lovely postcard, look closely and spot the lady who feels a bit peely-wally:

Just arrived at Stornoway postcard

Images of Stornoway revealed

The image to the left shows how the middle of the card lifts up to reveal a concertina of images of Stornoway (please excuse my squint scanning in this image!).

As fantastic as the glossy, high definition prints you get as postcards nowadays are, it would be nice to see something as clever as this drop on your door mat.

This photograph was scanned from the collection at Stornoway Library.  For images of real vehicles used in the Outer Hebrides (without travel-sick cartoon ladies) check out the Western Isles Transport Preservation Group website, or pop along to one of their winter social evenings.

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