The Swiss Transport Museum is one of the recommended sites to visit in Lucerne. It includes more than 3000 items illustrating the development of road, rail, water and space transportation and covers most types of mechanised transport starting with the early modes of each type of transport right through to today. Being in Switzerland there was even a display on cable cars and gondolas.
The part of the museum that most captured my imagination was the road transport hall. The outside of the hall is covered with 344 road signs. The face of each side of the hall is dedicated to a specific type of sign – motorway, A Road and urban road signs making blue, green and white faces to the building, leaving one side neutral.
Inside the hall, the car display (including earlier modes of transport such as horse-drawn carriages and cycles) was very ingenious and the best I have ever seen. The cars were displayed in layers along one wall of the hall stacked floor to ceiling on a 42 pallet high-bay warehouse along one wall of the hall. The visitors choose, by using a voting button, which of the cars are to be displayed in the theatre. The car with the most votes is retrieved from the rack by a robotic crane system and delivered to the theatre for closer inspection in an arena. Each vehicle comes with a full commentary.
The hall also had a large collection of toy cars that could be chosen and delivered by a similar (albeit much smaller) crane arrangement. The picking of these model cars was by number so it was pot luck as to which of the toy cars would be delivered for viewing.
I didn’t manage to capture a decent photograph of the car layers and the crane so I have borrowed one from Mr C and used a little bit of my magic on it.