The choice of countries is arbitrary and is restricted to those in the
eastern part and Scandinavia, most countries in Western Europe have
preserved steam operations and national railway museums with official websites
which are easily located using search engines, those further east are less well
known.... This list is not by any means inclusive of smaller sites, some of
which are operational, for lists which includes many European Museum sites see
European Federation of Museum & Tourist Railways http://www.fedecrail.org/en/index_en.html
(various languages). If you are prepared to spend some time browsing then the
pictures on this site will take you to many preservation sites - http://www.railfaneurope.net/pix_frameset.html.
There are railway museums in Brest (opened in 2002, closed Mondays and
Tuesdays, best visited in the morning) and Baranovichi (opened
in 1999, apparently closed Sundays), see http://www.railfaneurope.net/pix/by/steam/pix.html
for some good pictures. These appear to be major collections.... Torsten
Schneider has sent a (nearly complete) list of the steam
locomotives at Brest and several pictures (30th November 2008).
At long last Belgium is to get a national railway museum
at Schaerbeek -
the source of this news for me at least being the unlikely
Washington Post and Wall
Street Journal newspapers. (1st April 2013). You can read a shorter and
more boring confirmation here http://www.brusselsmuseums.be/en/museum/69-museum-of-belgian-railways.
Historically SNCB has had a very bad name among enthusiasts, now is their
chance to put things to rights.
The National Museum of Transport and Communication is at
Rousse, see http://www.museums.hit.bg/
which has some English content.
There is a railway museum in Zagreb, see the unofficial site http://www.mytrains.at/eisenbahnmuseum_zagreb.htm
which is in German. As of November 2008, the museum had serious
staff problems and was not always open as advertised - advanced notice of an
intended visit using the contact in the link below is strongly advised (in
English!). Information on the museum is within http://www.hznet.hr/
(Croatian Railways), when I visited you had to click the "izdvojeno
button", then click the "kultura" button at the bottom then click
on "muzej" for contact details. The actual page address was http://www.hznet.hr/iSite3/Default.aspx?sec=197
but that sort of address is never very stable. Even allowing for it being in
Serbo-Croat this has got to be one of the worst designed railway websites I have
ever seen - I only found the page by accessing the site map ("mapa weba").
After all the above, it comes as a pleasure to report that there is now an
official (English language) version which is a great improvement although not
yet complete http://www.hznet.hr/hz_muzej_en/
- thanks to James Waite for passing on this link (18th May
James Waite reports on his
attempted 2008 visit which includes an access map. He has since been back
and a full report is available (29th Mar 2011)
The Czech railway museum is at Luné (Luzna), see http://www.os.cd.cz/muzeum/
which has some English content. For an English language introduction see http://www.czechtourism.com/133premier/en/cd/en/memories/memo055.htm
(link is dead).
See also the
report of James Waite's visit (7th January 2009).
Chris Yapp visited Luzna in August 2011, also the lesser Narodni Technicke Muzeum in Prague
and the small museum at Knezeves on the Kolesovice branch line - read
his report (26th August 2011). Chris paid a second visit in October 2011 for
its end-of-season in event and reports on it (24th
Chris Cairns visited these museums in August 2012 and his
report updates the above (13th August 2012).
The Danish Railway Museum is in Odense, see www.jernbanemuseum.dk.
There is a small narrow gauge museum at the Hedelands Railway, http:// www.ibk.dk,
James Waite was here
in May 2008.
The main Railway Museum is in Haapsalu, see http://www.jaam.ee/index.php?lk=25.
(limited English information).
See also http://www.museumrailway.ee/
which is a preserved narrow gauge railway as opposed to a traditional museum. James
here in July 2009 (25th July 2009).
The Finnish Railway Museum is at Hyvinkää, see www.rautatie.org/web/en/start.asp,
a good English language resource is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_Railway_Museum
(noted as having expanded coverage 17th April 2013). Harvey
Smith has produced a feature on the country
which includes Hyvinkää's international collection of 19th century steam
There are numerous railway museums in the country
which I don't attempt to list. Exceptionally, you can read about James
Waite's June 2009 visit to the Frankfurter Feldbahn Museum
(added 21st June 2009)..
There is a railway museum in Athens see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_Museum_of_Athens
(30th June 2012) and there is an embryonic railway museum in Thessaloniki - see
http://www.sfsth.gr/ (which is for the
friends of the museum including contact information, 30th
June 2012). The
Wikipedia entry states it is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10.00
and 13.00 and photographic permission must be arranged in advance. There
is also an open air museum at Kalamata, see http://www.greece-museums.com/museum/48/
(link is dead) and http://www.culture.gr/h/1/eh151.jsp?obj_id=3499 (link is dead).
11th October 2011)
For a list of Dutch Railway Museums, further information and links see http://www.railmusea.nl/en_index.php
(11th October 2011)
James Waite has been to the railway museum at Utrecht, parts of it are
excellent but for me the most interesting exhibit (CC5022 from Indonesia) is almost invisible!
You can read
his report (added 26th January 2008). Robert Hall has added a couple of
footnotes from his 2011 visit (15th August 2011).
The 'Hungarian Railway Historical Park' is a museum based on the site of the former Budapest North locoshed. For a range
of pictures of the steam locomotive exhibits, see http://www.railfaneurope.net/pix/hu/museum/Fusti/steam/pix.html. See
also Colin Young's pictures on this site (27th December 2008).
The Italian national railway museum in Naples is open (again) at long
last. James Waite visited
in January 2008 (28th February 2008), Keith Smith has also been here and
fills in a few gaps (23rd April 2009).
There is also a national transport museum at La Spezia with rail exhibits
(including steam locomotives) - see http://www.museonazionaletrasporti.it/
(added 21st June 2008).
There is a narrow gauge museum at Monserrato on the outskirts of Cagliari in
Sardinia, James Waite has
provided a short guide (2nd August 2009).
See also the
notes from Stefano Paolini (added 15th August 2008) and his Regional
Guide to Italian Heritage Steam (21st August 2008).
There are railway museums in Riga and Jelgava, see http://www.railwaymuseum.lv/index-eng.htm. Click
here for a report on a visit here from James Waite (updated 25th July 2009).
There is a railway museum in Vilnius, see http://muziejai.mch.mii.lt/Vilnius/Gelezinkeliu_muziejus.en.htm
(link is dead) and a narrow gauge museum which is part of the at Anyksciai station on the Panevezys-Anyksciai-Rubikiai preserved railway,
see James Waite's
report of a July 2007 visit..
The national railway museums is in Hamar, see http://www.norway.com/directories/d_company.asp?id=9230. The
official website http://www.norsk-jernbanemuseum.no/
is still 100% in Norwegian and not very well developed. See James Waite's excellent
report from June 2008 (added 21st June 2008), also his follow up 'Behind
the Scenes' report (3rd October 2010).
21st October 2011)
There is a railway museum at Chabówka, see http://www.parowozy.pl/steamtrains/.
Colin Young has sent some
pictures of his visit in June 2008, (added 24th December 2008). There is
an Industry and Railway Museum in Jaworzyna Slaska (added 25th
August 2011). The railway museum at
Koscierzyna was reported closed in
January 2009 owing to a cash shortage, it is open again - year round - as a
division of the regional museums (25th August 2011). See http://www.muzeum.koscierzyna.gda.pl/
both are Polish language sites but readily translatable.
These three are regional railway museums as are the open air
displays at Elk (more a collection of derelicts) and Wolsztyn. For a 2009 comment on the
situation in Polish museums read this - http://polishrail.wordpress.com/2009/02/06/rotten-railway-heritage/
- not a great deal will have changed since (21st October 2011).
There is a major railway museum in Warsaw,
just across the road from Warszawa Ochota suburban train station (added 30th
November 2008) - http://www.muzeumkolejnictwa.waw.pl/
PSMK collection in Skierniewice, formally not a museum and opened to public only on certain occasions, but very
interesting - (added 25th August 2011)
There are narrow gauge railway museums at
There are many pictures of the steam
locomotives in the museum collections on this page http://www.muzeumkolejnictwa.waw.pl/?dzial=artykul&id=128
(added 30th November 2008).
Complete lists (in Polish) of preserved steam locomotives in Poland may be found at:
There is a museum at Santarem, about 40 miles north of Lisbon
and a (new) National Railway Museum at Entroncamento See James Waite's excellent
report from January 2009 (added 6th March 2009). James has also visited the
narrow gauge museum at Lousado (link
added to existing report, 11th April 2009).
There is a railway museum in North Bucharest (193B Calea Grivitel, 5
minutes walk from Nord station), for
pictures see http://www.railfaneurope.net/pix/ro/steam/misc/pix.html.
Apparently, it had been closed for some time but CRJ 172 reports it to be
open again on Wednesdays to Sundays from 10.00 to 16.00 although it contains
only small exhibits (12th March 2013).
There is also a steam railway museum in Sibiu see http://www.enzia.com/Pages/Railpg6.html,
there are severe problems here with seven of the steam locomotives earmarked
for the museum mysteriously sold off at a knock down price over the head of
the curator in February 2013 (12th March 2013, information courtesy of Brian
4th January 2013)
For the indoor museum in St. Petersburg, see http://www.museum.ru/Museum/RAILWAY/museng.htm
However, for most enthusiasts it is the outdoor museum which is the
attraction, but there seem to be few pictures on the web, Harvey Smith has
rectified this with some images taken during his stay
in the city in early 2006, Harvey has also suggested (11th
August 2010) this link - http://www.nevsky-prospekt.com/warsaw.html.
The Rizhskaya Railway Museum in Moscow
(opened in 2004) does not seem to have an English
language website - Harvey Smith has
now sent a guide to it (updated 8th November 2009). In addition, I found three pictures of exhibits here - http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?city=Moscow&country=Russia.
L 3348 is now reported by Caspar Bielok to be
additional exhibit in working order and used to ferry visitors in and out.
There are pictures of quite a few exhibits on this page - http://www.legendtour.ru/eng/russia/moscow/north-04.shtml, (updated 5th December 2008).
Elsewhere in Moscow, Lenin's funeral train is preserved near Paveletsy Station, it
includes 4-6-0 U-127. Harvey Smith has sent some
pictures (updated 26th August 2009). Harvey reports (8th December 2011)
that the renovated museum has re-opened and that is now a
fully fledged traditional railway museum, just to clarify the above, it
was initially opened to parties only but has been open to the general public
since mid-January 2012, Harvey thoroughly recommends a visit (29th January
Harvey Smith has also sent information about other
preserved items in Moscow, especially Victory Park (updated 3rd September 2007).
There is a narrow gauge railway and museum at
and the official site (in Russian) http://kukushka.ru
(added 31st May 2008). James Waite was here in July 2009 - the hospitality
was overwhelming - see his report.
(added 11th August 2009). James returned in June 2012
to see two of the locomotives in steam
(27th June 2012).
There is a railway museum in Nizhni Novgorod (Gorky)
(updated 3rd January 2013 with a link to a Russian language
account of the museum) which also has an
(occasionally steam operated) children's
railway - link added 11th August 2009).
There is a new railway museum in Samara - see http://samara.kp.ru/daily/24589.4/758469/
(31st January 2011). The second link has
pictures of the exhibits including 4 steam locomotives Er 766 80, L 0815, Lv 0268 and P36 0188
- click the 'Read more'
button! Thanks to Harvey Smith for this one.
There is a railway museum in Rostov-on-Don
(more details and pictures, 11th November
2009) which also has a (fairly
regularly steam operated) children's
railway - link added 9th November 2009).
Colin Young has sent a nice
set of pictures of the railway museum at Novosibirsk. For instructions
on access, see Colin
Martindale's 2009 report (17th December 2009).
An old peat railway near Novgorod is being rebuilt as a living museum,
(Russian language, 4th January 2013).
There is a narrow gauge railway and museum at Mokra Gora.
Pozega Railway Museum has a collection of narrow gauge steam locomotives
which may one day be sent to Mokra Gora where they would probably be better
taken care of. You can read James
Waite's account of a 2005 visit (added 22nd August 2007).
There is a railway museum in Belgrade, this is an unofficial
(rewritten 18th November 2009)
It appears there are now effectively two museums of interest in Bratislava:
Bratislava East locomotive depot - http://www.mdc.sk/Page/10021/zeleznicne_muzeum_bratislava.html
Transport Museum - http://www.mdc.sk/
There is a large railway museum in Ljubljana, see www.burger.si/MuzejiInGalerije/ZelezniskiMuzej/index.html,
also for some pictures http://www.mytrains.at/eisenbahnmuseum_ljubljana.htm
James Waite was here in March 2008 and sent me an
illustrated report (added 18th March 2008, amended 8th
For information on the Madrid Railway Museum and links to websites for
others, check out James
Waite's notes (25th September 2007). On a related note, there is a
comprehensive list of preserved steam locomotives available on http://www.locomotoravapor.com/
(2nd December 2008), when I looked the English language summary link was broken.
James has since been to the
Rio Tinto system which includes a small museum and an operating system which
very occasionally uses steam (23rd April 2009). James visited the
Asturias Railway Museum at Gijon in July 2012 (10th July 2012)
There is a museum for the
former coal railway at Ponferrada see http://www.museoferrocarril.ponferrada.org/ingles/index.html.
The national railway museum has two sites Gävle, Gästrikland and Ängelholm.
The museum website migrates addresses regularly the latest one noted is http://www.trafikverket.se/Museer/Sveriges-Jarnvagsmuseum-Gavle/
(4th August 2012), found on the occasion of
uploading a report from Chris Yapp (4th
For basic information about the museum in Ängelholm, see http://www.engelholm.se/Uppleva-gora/Kultur/Museer-gallerier-konst/Sveriges-Jarnvagsmuseum/ (4th
There is another small museum at Grangesberg, covered in the
same report (4th August 2012).
There is a museum at Camlik, see this unofficial website http://www.trainsofturkey.com/museum.htm.
Other places of museum interest are also covered on this comprehensive site.
However, it is now under threat of closure owing to lack of money - see Alan
Castle's full report (updated 17th June 2011).
James Waite has sent a report on the preserved railway
attractions of Istanbul, which includes the Rahmi M Koç museum, Istanbul
(added 2nd October 2007). Richard Foster has added
an update (29th January 2010) which indicates
that narrow gauge steam will soon be running in the heart of Istanbul.
Keith Smith has supplied some pictures of the Camlik
museum (1st October 2008). There is a railway museum in Ankara, see http://www.trainsofturkey.com/w/pmwiki.php/RailwayMuseums/AnkaraMuseums
which includes among its exhibits 10 rusty steam locomotives in an open air
park (3rd December 2008), the museum at Eskişehir http://www.trainsofturkey.com/w/pmwiki.php/RailwayMuseums/EskisehirMuseum
has no steam locomotive but has a plinthed 0-6-0T nearby (3rd December 2008).
There is railway museum at Donetsk see http://www.donetskplus.com/portal/profile.do?profileID=1016677,.and
now one at Kyïv-Passazhirskyi, the main railway station in Kiev. Boris Chomenko
has sent some pictures from his June 2012
visit (21st May 2013)
Check out the images descriptions from this page for more ideas on preserved
steam in the Ukraine - http://www.railfaneurope.net/pix/ua/steam/pix.html.