The International Steam Pages

Railway Museums in Central Asia

Colin Martindale gives some practical advice for would be visitors:

Railway Museum, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

This museum is located a short distance from the main station. Turn right out of the main station forecourt and the museum is across the road on the left. Kch4-228 stands outside the gate. The collection comprises about 50 items; of which the majority are locomotives and permanent way vehicles. There are a few passenger cars and freight vehicles. There are approximately 12 steam, 2 electric and 17 diesel locomotives. The site is fairly cramped for the amount of stock on display and when visited in August 2009 major renovations were under way. This included the planting of many more trees on the already well treed site. While the shade will be welcomed they will make photography very difficult in future. There is a short length of narrow gauge track (750mm?) on which a pair of Tch7 4wDs give rides on some days in a short rake of coaches. No guide book or stock list appears to be available. All the exhibits are in fair to good external condition with paint recently, if not very well, applied. Many locomotives are lacking window glass and have plywood sheets in their stead, painted black. The only locomotive open for inspection was the cab of Su250-94, most of the fittings had been stripped from this engine.

See also the reports from Torsten Schneider and Colin Young

West Siberian Railway Museum, near Novosibirsk, Russia

This museum was opened in 2000 at Seyatel station on the Novosibirsk suburban network some 22 km south of that city. It is located close to the Ob River and alongside the main road to Barnaul. Brochures are available in several languages giving a very brief description of the rolling stock on display. More than 80 exhibits can be seen. The Lonely Planet guide book for the Trans-Siberian notes a newly opened railway museum with 250 locomotives near the main station in Novosibirsk. A look at Google Earth shows that there is no site at this location which could contain this many locomotives and my guess is that this is the administration building, which may also house small exhibits. As might be expected in a newly established museum steam locomotive are under represented with only about a dozen on show. This is partially compensated for by a good collection of electric locomotives with most types of class VL and ChS represented. There are a number of passenger cars for both normal and special service. The collection is rounded out by a large number of permanent way and similar vehicles and freight cars including a liquid metal ladle car. Most of the exhibits are recently painted, if not with great skill. Many of the colour schemes appear unnaturally bright, a feature remarked upon by my daughter, but my knowledge of Russian liveries is not adequate to comment. Several locomotives were open for inspection and most had a representative set of cab fittings. The museum is a hot site for wedding photographs so you may end-up waiting several minutes while bride and groom pose on the footplate before you can take your photo! Most of the steam locomotive had the connecting rods removed, presumably to facilitate moving them as reconstruction work was going on. The site is laid-out like a station with low-level platforms. This provides a fairly good view of the displays but means that only about a quarter of the exhibits can be photographed in a classic, sun over the shoulder fashion, at any given time as on the non-platform side they are too close together to photograph. The museum also has a collection of about 40 road vehicles. These are mostly cars but includes a number of tractors and trucks.

See also the report from Colin Young.

Railway Museum, Ulan Bataar, Mongolia

This collection of seven locomotives has been described as being close to the main station in Mongolia’s capital. In fact it is close to two kilometres east of the station along the major road that parallels the railway. The enclosure housing the locomotives is situated between the road and the railway. When visited the museum was unattended and had a generally forlorn air. On display are three steam locomotives of Russian five foot gauge and a typical Russian/Polish narrow gauge 0-8-0 of 750mm gauge. The collection is rounded out by three diesel locomotives. Fortunately the locomotives can be seen easily from the road and railway without needing to enter the compound. Ulan Bataar also has a Railway Historical Museum which is housed in a small building on a side street two blocks north of the main station. The forecourt is guarded by a model of 159-469, the 0-8-0 seen at the Railway Museum. Your reporter found the museum closed for vacation for the month of August, this being the peak tourist season in Mongolia.

See also the report from Torsten Schneider.

Plinthed and other steam locomotives on the Trans-Siberian Route

Ilanskaia, Зм(Zm) 730-73, 0-10-0 at station (click for a photo)
Tayshet, probable Л(L) class 2-10-0 at west end of station on north side of line
Slyudyanka, Л(L) 4046, 2-10-0, depot at station for working tourist trains on Lake Baikal branch
Slyudyanka, Л(L) 3504, 2-10-0, in town southeast of station
Ulan Ude, unidentified 2-10-0 outside station
Ulan Ude, Су(Su) 205-91, 2-6-2 on station platform

Uzbekistan, Tashkent Railway Museum

2ТЭ10В(2TE10v) 3928, C-C
2ТЭ10Л(2TE10L), C-C, 1967
4w permanent way tamper
9П(9P)-649, 0-6-0, 1932
ACIA No 2134 permanent way speeder
B-B permanent way loco/crane
B-B self propelled snowplough
C-C permanent way packer/tamper
crane/flatcar combo
heavy crane and side tipping car
Kч4(Kch4)-228 0-8-0 750mm gauge, Paravoz 1949
lightweight self-propelled crane and match truck
NG passenger cars
passenger car
АГ(AG)-211, 4w overhead wire maintenance vehicle
ВЛ22м(VL22m)-374, C-C, 1950
ВЛ60к(VL60k)-157, C-C
ДАЗ1(DA31), C-C
ДГку(DGku) 13 4wD loco/flat/crane combo
Еа(Ea)2371, 2-10-0
Зр(Zr)-772-89, 0-10-0, 1939
Зу(Zu) 705-74 0-10-0, 1930
Лв(Lv) 0487 2-10-2, 1956 (but numbered 0486 on smokebox door)
Ов(Ov) 1534, 0-8-0, 1914
П-36(P36) 0250 4-8-4, 1949-1962
СДЗ(SD3) 5000 passenger car
СОм(Som)-17-2657, 2-10-0, 1934
Су(Su) 250-94, 2-6-2, 1924
ТГК2(TGK2)-2245, 4wD
ТГМ1(TGM1) 1681, 0-6-0D, 1956
ТГМ2Зв(TGM23v)-48-1654, B-B, 1961
ТГМЗ(TGM3)-1156, B-B
Тч7(Tch7)-0544, 4wD, NG
Тч7(Tch7)-3143, 4wD, NG
ТЭ-1(TE-1), C-C+C-C, 1948
ТЭ2(TE2)-025 B-B+B-B, 1951
ТЭ-3(TE-3), C-C+C-C, 1966
ТЭ(TE)-5200, 2-10-0, 1943
ТЭП-10(TEP-10)-126, C-C, 1964
ТЭП-60(TEP-60)-1081, C-C, 1982
ТЭП-70(TEP-70)-0008, C-C, 1973
ФД(FD)-20-2849, 2-10-2, 1932
ЧМЭ3(ChMEZ) 4115, C-C
Эм(Em) 732-35, 0-10-0, 1931-32 (info plate says Эм 731-35)

Russia, West Siberian Railway Museum

0-4-0T 750mm gauge
2M62(2M62) 500, C-C+C-C, 1981
2ТЭ10М(2TE10m)-2670, C-C+C-C, 1986
2ТЭ10п(2TE10p)-2110, C-C+C-C, 1966
9п(9p)-2, 0-6-0T, 1935
liquid metal car, 1961
mobile power plant built on two locomotive tenders
ВЛ10(VL10) 271, B-B+B-B, 1970
ВЛ18(VL18) 1232, B-B+B-B, 1953
ВЛ22м(VL22m) 1932, C-C, 1968
ВЛ23(VL23)-501, C-C, 1958
ВЛ40c(VL40c) 1066-2, C-C
ВЛ60к(VL60k) 649, C-C, 1963
ВЛ80с(VL80c) 005, B-B+B-B, 1980
ДГк(DGk) 370, ballast excavator
Еа(Ea) 3078, 2-10-0, 1944
Л(L)-013, 2-10-0, 1946
Л(L)-3393, 2-10-0
Лв(Lb)-0040, 2-10-2, 1953
П36(P36) 097, 4-8-4, 1955
СО(SO) 17-508, 2-10-0, 1936
Ср3(Sr3) 1239, EMU, 1953

Су(Su) 213-42, 2-6-2, 1947

Су(Su) 2-6-2, 1947, not the same loco as Su213-42 above
ТГК2(TGK2) 6826, 4wD
ТГМ1(TGM1) 2925, 0-6-0D, 1969
ТГМ23в(TGM23v) 1026, 0-6-0D, 1987
ТГМ4(TGM4) 1676, B-B, 1982
ТЭ2(TE2)-289 B-B+second unit missing, 1951
ТЭ3(TE3)-7376, C-C+C-C, 1971
ТЭ7(TE7)-096, C-C+C-C, 1964
ТЭМ116(TEM116)-037, C-C+C-C, c1971
ТЭМ15(TEM15)-16, C-C, 1988
ТЭМ2(TEM2)-1768, C-C, 1974
ТЭп10(TEp10)-082, C-C, 1964
ТЭп60(TEp60)-1195, C-C, 1975
ФД(FD) 20-588, 2-10-2, 1935
ЧМЭ2(ChME2)-508, B-B, 1965
ЧМЭ3(ChME3)-5452, C-C, 1986
ЧС2-039(ChS2), C-C, 1962
ЧС3(ChS3)-73, B-B, 1961
Эм(Em) 725-12, 0-10-0, 1932
Эр(Ep) 789-91, 0-10-0, 1958

Mongolia, Ulan Bataar Railway Museum

159-469 0-8-0 NG, 1938
2М62М(2M62m)-043, C-C
Е1(Ye1)- 0266, 2-10-0, 1917
П-36, 4-8-4, 1956, reported to be P36-0228 but carries P36A
Су(Su)-116, 2-6-2, 1935
ТЭ2(TE2)-522, B-B+B-B, 1948
ТЭM1(TEM1)-168, C-C, 1948

Rob Dickinson