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The Technical Museum Vadima Zadorojnogo, Moscow
Harvey Smith was based in and around Moscow off and on from 1997 to 2014 and has now moved to St. Petersburg. 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.
This is a fantastic world class museum. It is the collection of one man. The website is here:
The galleries are here:
It is a collection of cars, aircraft, tanks artillery pieces, trucks, and motorbikes. Some items are unique and rare including the Yak 15 aircraft, the Soviet T10 tank and PTRK “Rubin” tank. Both Krushchev’s and Beria’s cars sit next to each other. Amongst all of these exhibits are 2 dilapidated British steam powered portable engines exported to Russia before the revolution and a Soviet BTR40ZhD Armoured car with retractable rail wheels mounted front and rear. Perhaps not a lot for a steam and railway enthusiast but BTR40ZhD is unusual and the portable engines are rare survivors of the British traction and portable engines that were exported to Russia. One of the portable engines is a Ruston of Lincoln. As for the other I could not find anything to identify the manufacturer.
So how to get there? Go north west on the pink line to Tyshinskaya station, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tushinskaya, Turn right out of the train. Go through the barrier out into the underpass. Then turn left passed the kiosks. Get buses 541, 549, 568 or route taxi 151 to “Lipovaya Alley”. The journey takes 20-30 minutes by bus. You may see the giant indoor ski slope on the left. Finally, the museum appears on the left behind some trees. It is near the turn off for Arkhangelskoye Palace, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkhangelskoye_Palace. The price of an adult entrance ticket on 14 July 2013 was 400 roubles.
The museum collection now has L Class 4674 which like most of the exhibits is nicely restored (18th March 2018).
Harvey with some of the exhibits:
The anonymous portable:
The Ruston portable:
The road / rail vehicle:
Rob and Yuehong Dickinson