After many years in Moscow, Harvey Smith relocated to St. Petersburg in 2014.
There is a list of linked reports at the bottom.
This museum no longer exists, most of the exhibits have been relocated to the
new St. Petersburg Railway Museum which opened on 1st
Harvey has told me of a comprehensive (156) set of pictures of the museum https://picasaweb.google.com/116491154650765121187/RailwayMuseumSPB
(added 28th November 2012). Many thanks to Alina Sinelnikova for spending a day
compiling this record for us to enjoy.
Intending visitors will find this page very helpful - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varshavsky_railway_station.
The principal place of interest in St.Petersburg is the Outdoor Train Museum - for the indoor museum
see the link above or www.museum.ru/Museum/RAILWAY/museng.htm
It is behind the old Warsaw railway station (metro stations Baltiyskaya
Frunzenskaya). This is the Russian
equivalent of the UK's National Railway Museum in York . It is all
outdoors but it is not to be underestimated. What railway museum do you
know boasts a naval gun mounted on a railway wagon and an
intercontinental ballistic missile complete with all associated rolling
stock? The latter I have no photographs of as it is a recent addition.
I have seen it, but only over the fence. No guide books are available.
But you can buy a book of postcards as a good substitute and English
translations are provided on the back of each board explaining each
Since these pictures were taken, a 'missile train' has been added to
collection - see http://www.englishrussia.com/?p=780.
See also this link -
(added 11th August 2010, link broken by December 2021).
Here are some of my favourites:
Class P36 4-8-4 Soviet Passenger locomotive. 251 were built 1953-56.
The enclosed cab of the P36
Class SO17-1137 Soviet Freight locomotive. Built by the Khar'kov
Works in 1938. Initially it had a smokebox fan, a tender with condensing
apparatus and was used until 1963.
Class S.68 Soviet Passenger locomotive. This is the
only survivor. Built in Russia before the revolution, probably in 1917.
Designed by B.S.
Malakovskii. This locomotive only survived because it was used as a
stationary boiler in a factory in Moscow until the
b-2023 Russian locomotive. One of the oldest locomotives in Russia, being
built in 1897 by Kolomna Works for the Vladikavkaz. It was used until the
Class OV Russian locomotive 6640. 8000 of these were built up until the Russian Revolution This one was built at the Putilov works in
St. Petersburg in 1902. During World War II it was used as part of an armoured train.
Harvey Smith reports that locomotive was transferred to Moscow Sort Depot in
2016 and was subsequently stripped down, presumably to be returned to active
Class ESh 34444 Soviet locomotive built by Nydqvist & Holm in Sweden in 1924
(The museum has a similar EA 2221 which despite what the notice says is an Alco
Class FD20 Soviet locomotive. This is the most powerful series-built steam
freight locomotive in Russia (3200hp). Named after Dzerzhinsky, who founded of the
Cheka. The introduction of this class marked the transition from European to American practice of designing
locomotives in the USSR. Built in 1936.
Fireless locomotive, built by Schwartzkopf in Germany
(9305/1928), it worked at the Tuapse oil refinery.
Class ER Soviet locomotive. This was built in 1943 using the boiler from the
SU passenger class.
Class EM Soviet locomotive. This was built in 1934 the “M” stands for a modernised class E.
Railway gun TM-3-12. Three of these were built in 1938 using guns from a withdrawn battleship. They were used in World War II
until captured by the Finns who then restored and used them in turn. They were maintained in operational condition until
Class YeL locomotive 2201. This was built by Baldwin in the USA in 1944 as part of the lend lease
programme. They were often used in Siberia and the Far East.
Class TE locomotive 6769. This is a German class 52
Kriegslok built in Vienna in 1943 and regauged to Russian 5ft gauge.
The “T” stands for trophy locomotive. 2000 of
these locomotive were used in the USSR.
Class P36 Soviet locomotive. These were built between 1953 and 1956
Class Tk3 Finnish locomotive. These were used by the Russians until
1950s. They came to Russia as reparations. This one
was built in Tampere in 1943 and like many Finnish locomotives it is a wood burner.
Class L Soviet locomotive. 4199 examples built
1945-55. This example was built in honour of the 12th Congress of Young
organisation in 1954.
Class LV-18. This was a development of the L class and this example was built in 1953. It worked until
1982 as a locomotive and then as a factory boiler.
Class SV Soviet Passenger Locomotive. This
example was built in 1950, used until 1976 and then used as a boiler in
an asphalt works.
The St. Petersburg Outdoor Railway Museum, 2013 (updated
30th May 2017)
A St. Petersburg Railway Miscellany (updated
11th April 2017)
Moscow Railway Station / St. Petersburg Depot, 2014
The Indoor Railway Museum, St. Petersburg, 2014
The Shushary Museum, St. Petersburg, 2006
Moscow Sort Depot, St. Petersburg, 2014
(updated 2nd February 2015)
Grand Maket Rossiya / The Grand Model of Russia
VE Day in St. Petersburg (14th May 2015)
Moscow Sort Depot, St.
Petersburg, 2015-7 (updated 5th November 2017)
The St. Petersburg Southern Children's
Railway (updated 27th June 2016)
Lebyazhe Railway Museum Depot
(16th June 2015)
The Tsar's Private Railway
Station, St.Petersburg (updated 8th August 2017)
The Shushary Museum, St. Petersburg,
2015 (5th August 2015)
The Northern St. Petersburg
Children's Railway (10th June 2016)
Russian Railways RetroTrain Trip
2016 (14th June 2016)
EM-721-83 at Petrokrepost
(3rd August 2017)
The new Russian Railway Museum in St. Petersburg
2017 (1st December 2017)
The Russian Railway Museum, St. Petersburg
2018 (25th October 2018)