Moveright International was formed in 1984 as a direct consequence of my (Andrew Goodman) interest in railway locomotives and following the purchase of an 0-6-0ST steam locomotive with two friends. This locomotive required movement from inside a building where, over a number of years, it had been surrounded by machine tools. The operation took two colleagues and myself several days to complete but was quickly followed by enquiries from other railway enthusiasts to undertake similar work on their behalf.
In subsequent years we have undertaken the movement of many railway related items along with manufacturing equipment and power generation products. These movements have not only been in the UK but also throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Africa and the Far East.
In the UK we regularly undertake work for bodies such as the Ministry of Defence, English, Welsh and Scottish Railways and the National Railway Museum, York as well as several major engineering and manufacturing companies.
In 1998 we were responsible for the movement of George Stephenson's "Rocket" steam locomotive from the Science Museum, London, to Japan where it formed part of an exhibition, "Festival UK 98" which was held in Kitakyushu, Kobe and Tokyo. Moveright International was responsible for the design and construction of a special packing case which was used to transport "Rocket" by air from the UK to Tokyo and then to the subsequent venues, before returning to the UK. This work was carried out over a five month period during which time we were responsible for overseeing all aspects of the movement work in Japan.
In addition to the above Moveright International has also undertaken work in many other museum environments, including the Liverpool Museum, Swindon Railway Museum and the Iron Bridge Gorge Museum where we have moved a wide range of exhibits.