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Railway Museums in Europe

Within my chosen geographical area which excludes North America, most of Europe and Japan, the occurrence of genuine railway museums as opposed to the odd preserved steam locomotive or tourist railway is quite rare. Here you will find a list of known links which describe those I either know about through personal experience or through submissions to my website or which have been located by web searches. Some are no more than (steam) locomotive parks, others have barely a steam locomotive to be seen. It will be a useful quick check list for readers making short visits. I have also included a note of known steam tourist operations where appropriate for Africa, Asia and parts of South America, the latter are covered in more detail in the relevant continent page. By and large the links are to pages which are in English, although these days a web-based automatic translation will normally produce something good enough to get started during a visit... Please email me with additions and corrections to the address at the end, include a sensible and appropriate subject line to help avoid vanishing into the spam filter.


There are certain umbrella organisations whose sites may be helpful, particularly IATM (International Association of Transport and communications Museums) - see http://www.iatm.ws/ - railways are necessarily a small sub group. Others are regional and are noted as appropriate.

Another recommended link - http://www.innvista.com/culture/travel/rail/mindex.htm - as of September 2007 it was last updated in February 2007 and less complete than this site for non-mainstream areas, but necessarily it may be updated, but it will be a good source for the USA, Canada, Australasia and Western Europe.

As always Wikipedia is worth a look but when I checked this page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_railway_museums it had far fewer entries in my areas than are on these pages.


This page covers railway museums in the Americas, either scroll down the page or click on a continent for a further menu.

Africa
(2nd Nov 11)
Americas
(1st Sep 14)
Asia
(11th Jan 14)
Australasia
(12th Apr 13)
Europe
(14th Aug 14)

Belarus
(30th Nov 08)
Belgium
(1st Apr 13)
Bulgaria
Croatia
(18th May 12)
Czech Republic
(13th Aug 12)
Denmark
(1st Jun 08)
Estonia
(14th Aug 14)
Finland
(17th Apr 13)
Germany
(21st Jun 09)
Greece
(29th Dec 13)
Holland
(11th Oct 11)
Hungary
(27th Dec 08)
Italy
(1st Apr 14)
Latvia
(25th Jul 09)
Lithuania
(14th Aug 14)
Norway
(3rd Oct 10)
Poland
(17th Jun 12)
Portugal
(6th Mar 09)
Romania
(12th Mar 13)
Russia
(14th Aug 13)
Serbia
(25th Jun 14)
Slovakia
(18th Nov 09)
Slovenia
(8th Nov 09)
Spain
(11th Jun 14)
Sweden
(4th Aug 12)
Turkey
(19th Oct 13)
Ukraine
(21st May 13)

Europe (mainly non-mainstream)

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  and http://www.innvista.com/culture/travel/rail/museuro.htm (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.

Belarus

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).

Belgium

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.

Bulgaria

The National Museum of Transport and Communication is at Rousse.

Croatia

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.

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 2012, but link dead by 21st October 2013).

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)

Czech Republic

The Czech railway museum is at Lužné (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 October 2011)

Chris Cairns visited these museums in August 2012 and his report updates the above (13th August 2012).

Denmark

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.

Estonia

The main Railway Museum is in Haapsalu, see http://www.jaam.ee/index.php?lk=25. (limited English information). I have now uploaded a page with basic information and a set of pictures from Dmitry Kolesnikov (29th May 2013). For more pictures see those frm Marco van Uden http://www.railfaneurope.net/ns/Baltic/pix.html (14th August 2014). 

See also http://www.museumrailway.ee/ which is a preserved narrow gauge railway as opposed to a traditional museum. James Waite was here in July 2009 (25th July 2009).

Finland

The Finnish Railway Museum is at Hyvinkää, 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 locomotives.

Germany

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)..

Greece

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). 

Holland (updated 11th October 2011)

For a list of Dutch Railway Museums, further information and links see http://www.railmusea.nl (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).

Hungary

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).

Italy

There is a railway museum in Trieste, with at least 6 steam locomotives, for a nice set of 2009 pictures with data including the then opening times, see http://andrewstransport.smugmug.com/Italiantrains/Trieste-railway-museum-2009/21155416_4mLDGQ#!i=1683253129&k=5zfs2K5 (1st April 2014).

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).

Latvia

There are railway museums in Riga and Jelgava, see http://www.railwaymuseum.lv/index-eng.htmClick here for a report on a visit here from James Waite (updated 25th July 2009).

Lithuania

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. For more pictures see those frm Marco van Uden http://www.railfaneurope.net/ns/Baltic/pix.html (14th August 2014).

Norway

The national railway museums is in Hamar. 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).

Poland (updated 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://parowozownia_koscierzyna.republika.pl/, 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/ (Polish language)

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:

Portugal

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).

Romania

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, 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 Garvin).

Russia (updated 14th Aug 2013)

There is now a railway museum at Yuzno on Sakhalin island, http://rzd-expo.ru/museums/sakhalin_railway_museum_of_history/, the steam exhibits include a 750mm gauge  0-8-0,. 1067mm gauge D51-22 and a Japanese built snow blower. Interestingly the panel on the left contains links to a number of other museums in the country (all these 27th May 2013):

For the indoor museum in St. Petersburg, see http://www.museum.ru/Museum/RAILWAY/museng.htm or http://www.saint-petersburg.com/museums/central-railway-museum.asp. 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. An August 2013 visitor to the outdoor museum reported both good news and bad news (14th August 2013).

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 2012).

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 Pereslavl, see http://narrow.parovoz.com/pereslavl/main-e.html 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/ and http://www.samaraguru.com/what-to-do/museums-and-galleries.html (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, see http://komen-dant.livejournal.com/783205.html and http://komen-dant.livejournal.com/793580.html (Russian language, 4th January 2013).

Serbia (updated 25th June 2014)

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). Andrew Naylor has posted some 2014 pictures which show little change (25th June 2014). 

There is a railway museum in Belgrade, this is an unofficial site http://www.angelfire.com/co3/drustvo/roundhou.htm.  

Slovakia (rewritten 18th November 2009)

It appears there are now effectively two museums of interest in Bratislava:

The original Bratislava East locomotive depot - http://www.mdc.sk/Page/10021/zeleznicne_muzeum_bratislava.html and http://www.mdc.sk/Page/10004/slovensky_narodny_zeleznicny_park_bratislava_vychod.html

The Slovakia Transport Museum - http://www.mdc.sk/ and http://www.muzeumdopravy.com/.

Slovenia

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 and http://www.railfaneurope.net/pix/si/museum/pix.html. James Waite was here in March 2008 and sent me an illustrated report (added 18th March 2008, amended 8th November 2009).

Spain

For information on the Madrid Railway Museum and links to websites for others, check out James Waite's notes (25th September 2007), there is a nice set of pictures from Andrew Naylor on Smugmug (11th June 2014).

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 Basque based Trenak site has a description of the local railway museum at Azpeitia http://www.trenak.com/2012/01/20/ (24th October 2013).

Sweden

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 August 2012).

For basic information about the museum in Ängelholm, see http://www.engelholm.se/Uppleva-gora/Kultur/Museer-gallerier-konst/Sveriges-Jarnvagsmuseum/ (4th August 2012)

There is another small museum at Grangesberg, covered in the same report (4th August 2012).

Turkey

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). Some time back, Keith Smith supplied some pictures of the Camlik museum (1st October 2008), now I have added a more complete selection from Clive Hepworth (19th October 2013).

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.

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).

Ukraine

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.


Rob Dickinson

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