The International Steam Pages
The Richskaya (Moscow) Railway Museum
Harvey Smith has been based in and around Moscow off and on since 1997. Apart from this report he has also posted information on other attractions in Moscow and the rest of Russia, there are links at the bottom of the page:
Late note from Harvey - The Moscow Railway museum now produce a very fine guide book, editions are in Russian and English. The telephone numbers are + 7 (495) 266 82 21 and +7 (495) 266 82 08 (the latter is the booking office). See also http://vitalykuzmin.net/?q=node/208 (link added 16th January 2010).
It is open 10.00 to 16.00 daily except for Mondays and Tuesdays. A full list of steam locomotive exhibits (there are many diesel and electric locomotives too) is - those marked @ are illustrated below:
Go to Richskaya metro on the orange line just north of Prospect Mira metro station. You need to use your nose. Admire the fine façade of the Railway Station building:
Now head to the right hand side as you face it, the museum is tucked behind the left luggage building, don't forget to check out the the large model railway in the railway station opposite the museum entrance. If in doubt use this helpful map from the museum guide book:
There is a fine display of snow ploughs and heavy snow moving equipment.
1. There is a nice pre-revolution Class O loco complete with a nice gold and red builder’s plate on the tender depicted 2 double headed Imperial Eagles and the date of construction 1903.
2. A passenger carrying wagon which brings back memories of watching the David Lean's film Doctor Zhivago. It was built in 1910 and shows just how grim life in revolutionary Russia was. It contains an original stove which seems pitifully small for the Russian climate. It was designed for 40 people:
3. A German “Trophy” 25 Tonne Petrol wagon. Built in 1936 by Gust Talbot and Clem b.H. of Aachen in 1936. It was “liberated” by the Soviets and re-gauged. It has a brakeman’s cabin on the back, a nice detail:
4. A P36 locomotive numbered 0001
5. A FD 21 locomotive built in 1941. The class was named after Felix Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the Cheka.
6. A Class P locomotive. An oil-burner built in 1947
7. A Class Er locomotive. Built in 1949 (The museum has a similar Ea 2450 which despite what the notice says is an Alco product.)
8. A Class 9P shunter. Built in 1956. You can climb in the cab. But many of the instruments and gauges are missing.
9. An electric locomotive built in 1961 by Skoda of Czechoslovakia.
10. A ballast cleaning machine built in 1987
11. A Second class coach built before the revolution in 1913
12. A luxurious coach built for Communist party leaders in 1932. It is complete with kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedrooms. The Communist party leaders lived well. It makes an interesting comparison with the Tsar Nicholas II coaches in Finnish Railway Museum at Hyvinka.
13. A four wheel Hungarian coach built 1920 and bought to the CCCP as war reparations:.