The World’s Best 100 Steam Train Museums
Imagination must run wild. Allow thrilling vicarious global adventures. Come with me on my nostalgic steam dream journey to the world’s best and most extraordinary 100 steam train museums in 100 countries during 100 weeks.
“The smoke and the fire and the speed, the action and the sound . . . the steam engine is the most beautiful machine ever made.” ~ Q. Winston Link
Read the “Magical Steam Train,” blog article about my two-decade vagabond journey across the globe.
Steam powerred engines were first developed in Great Britain during the early 19th century with the very first steam locomotive, fabricated by Richard Trevithick, launched on February 21, 1804. Belching and heaving, a soon to be unrestrained industrial revolution had birthed itself onto unsuspecting mortal beings.
Over time the subsequent ride propelled man to the moon.
The renowned American social theorist, Jeremy Rifkin, once said, “The steam engine was born on the eve of the American Revolution, consummating a relationship between coal and the new Promethean spirit of the age, and humanity made its first tentative steps into an industrial way of life that would, over the next two centuries, forever change the world.”
A Brave New World
Roaring dragons belched fire and fury from town to town across an unsophisticated land. Testy cinder-burning boilers raged against voracious reciprocating pistons seething inside bowels of steel. These newly birthed iron horses transformed frenzied shovel after shovel of black coal into burst clouds of white steam exuded from impatient nostrils. A brazen passion for speed was restrained only by two steel rails spiked rigidly to earth. A runaway train run amok, passion curtailed only by boundary of sea and water’s edge.
Unleash yourself. Add these enchanted global steam train destinations to your bucket list. Dare the thrill.
“My heart is warm with the friends I make, and better friends I’ll not be knowing, yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take, no matter where it’s going.” ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay
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The Best 100 Steam Train Museums in 100 Countries
Austria – LOKPARK Ampflwang Open Air Railway Museum
The LOKPARK Ampflwang railway museum, founded by The Austrian Society for Railway History (ÖGEG) in 1976, houses the society’s extensive steam locomotive collection, several still in active service. The museum is located in a former WTK coal and steel works facility at the terminus of the former coal railway. The historic collection includes several weathered rustic samples along with numerous well-preserved German locomotives and an impressive Austrian Express steam engine transferred from Romania where a large number had been built under license.
Open: May to October
Belarus – Brest Open Air Railway Museum
Opened in 2002, the Brest Railway Museum is the first open air railway museum in Belarus. It’s pristine collection features 56 trains, including steam engines, steam cranes, retro passenger cars and diesel/electric engines. Many locomotives display the distinctive Soviet red star prominently blazing on the engine nose. Movies are filmed here.
Brest Railway Museum Website (in Russian)
Open: 10:00-18:00 (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun) • Closed Monday
Belgium – Schaarbeek Train World Railway Museum
Train World is the official museum of the National Railway Company of Belgium. It’s located in the restored Schaarbeek railway station, a gem of Art Nouveau Belgian railway architecture, and in a new shed built to the north with more than 8000 square meters displaying 22 locomotives, including “Le Belge,” the first locomotive to be built in Belgium, and the “Pays de Waes,” the oldest remaining steam engine in Europe.
Open: 10:00-17:00 (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun) • Closed Monday
Bolivia – Uyuni Derelict Desert Trains
The very dead derelict steam locomotives of Uyuni eternally sleep in the desolate, thin-air high desert Altiplano plains of Bolivia. A railway cemetary extraodinaire. A lifeless, post-apocalyptic fantasy nightmare of perished, abandoned steam trains.
“Cementerio de Trenes” en Español.
Lengthy lines of rusted hulks died in their tracks here. They weep past glory wheezing last gasps of extinct, incapacitated steam dream adventure (à la the reverse of Water World). Yet imaginary other-worldly excitement still exists. This extreme scene of lifeless locomotive bygone distinction transcends modern thrill. Yet today these long perished, thoroughly exhausted iron horses must endure painted streaks of inglorious graffiti blemish—splotchy birthmarks of some future time, thoughtless signature tags applied by ruthless parasites sponging off past existence for short-term amusement. At least some form of life lives on.
The desert dead trains of the Uyuni salt flats surely dream fresh vitality. Just go.
Open Forever • Closed Never
Brazil – Tubarão Railway Museum
Tubarão translates to shark. So the Tubarão Railway Museum is also commonly refered to in English as the Shark Railway Museum, which exhibits more than 30 specimens (locomotives not sharks), including one from Skoda, Czech Republic, and others from Texas, Santa Fe and Philadelphia. The museum is run by the Brazilian Association of Railway Preservation, a non profit organization founded in 1977 by Frenchman Patrick Henri Ferdinand Dollinger, who was fond of steam locomotives, and was concerned with the abandonment of the Brazilian railway history.
Tubarão Railway Museum Railway Museum Website (in Portuguese)
Open: 08:00-17:30 (Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri) • Closed Sat,Sun
Bulgaria – Ruse Open Air National Transport Museum
The Bulgarian National Transport Museum is housed in the country’s first railway station built in 1866 in one of nation’s most elegant cities, Ruse (sometimes written ‘Rousse’), a city of imposing belle époque architecture and neatly trimmed leafy squares. The historic station house and museum are located on the outskirts of the city next to the high banks of the Danube. The train collection includes a dozen vintage locomotives from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, featuring the oldest steam engine preserved in the country. Also displayed are carriages that once belonged to Tsar Boris III, Tsar Ferdinand and Turkish sultan Abdul Aziz.
Ruse National Transport Museum Website (in Bulgarian)
Open: 09:00-17:00 (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun) • Closed Monday
Chile – Quinta Normal Open Air Railway Museum
Santiago’s Quinta Normal Railway Museum (Museo Ferroviario de Santiago in Spanish) is situated near the city center within the Quinta Normal Park founded in 1841 to build greenhouses for cultivation of foreign plant species. Displayed around the grounds are 16 vintage steam locomotives and four passenger carriages.
Quinta Normal Railway Museum Website (in Spanish)
Open: 10:00-17:50 (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri) • 11:00-18:50 (Sat,Sun) • Closed Monday
Croatia – Zagreb Ranžirni Derelict Train Railway Yard
Some of the best steam train specimines in Zagreb, the Croatian capital and largest city in the country, are located in the Ranžirni Railway Yard, which is southeast of Park Dugave near the neighborhoods of Jakuševec and Buzin. These derelict locomotives provide great photo opportunities though they are often engulfed in an undergrowth of weeds during summer months, which nevertheless can enhance nostalgic aspects of their past glory when juxtaposed with today’s abandonment.
Opening Hours and Days not Applicable
Czech Republic – Lužná Czech Railway Museum
The Czech Railway Museum in Lužná u Rakovníka is the largest railroad museum in the Czech Republic with more than 30 steam locomotives displayed in the collection ranging from small passenger train locomotives dating back to the early 1900s to the high performance engines that saw the height and gradual decline of steam traction in the second half of the twentieth century. Of special interest is the captivating “Mikádo” elite fast train locomotive from the interwar period with wheels measuring two meters in diameter. Locomotives in this series appeared on the most prestigious long distance routes but were gradually replaced in the late 1940s and early 1950s with the more modern “Albatross” series of locomotives, which are also on display. In addition to these more pristine selections there are also some rusted out, abandoned derelict models engulfed by dense overgrowth nearby.
Opening Hours and Days:
- Closed Mondays
- Jul 1-Aug 31 09:30-17:00 Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
- Jun 1-Jun 30 09:30-17:00 Sat,Sun
- Jun 1-Jun 30 09:30-15:00 Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri
- May 1-May 31 09:30-17:00 Sat,Sun
- Sep 1-Sep 30 09:30-15:00 Sat,Sun
- Mar 1-Mar 31 09:30-15:00 Sat,Sun
Czech Republic – Prague National Technical Museum
Prague’s National Technical Museum (NTM), is dedicated to everything under the sun you can imagine “technical.“ For train enthusiasts the museum’s collection contains more than a hundred railway vehicles. And for more than a hundred years extensive collections have been assembled here beginning in 1908. Longevity lives. NTM’s collection of steam trains are indeed exquisite.
Open: 09:00-18:00 (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun) • Closed Monday
Denmark – Danish National Railway Museum
The famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen referred to the mighty steam-driven locomotives of his day as “steam dragons.” Now his birthplace Odense is home to the Danish Railway Museum bringing new life to the pioneering spirit of railway vehicles. The museum, the largest in Scandinavia covering 10,000 square meters, boasts an impressive collection of more than 50 locomotives and railway carriages from the past 150 years displayed on 20 rail tracks. The collection includes the biggest Danish-built steam locomotive in Denmark and the country’s oldest preserved steam locomotive, as well as, the funeral train that was used to transport King Frederick IX of Denmark.
Open: 10:00-18:00 • Daily except Dec 24,25,31 and Jan 1
England – Shildon Locomotion Museum
The Shildon Locomotion Museum is near the early 19th century Soho Railway Works, the steam engine workshop of the pioneering British engineer, Timothy Hackworth. Shildon was the launch point for the world’s first steam-hauled passenger train service, the Stockton and Darlington Railway, opened in 1825 with a train pulled by “Locomotion No 1,” which took two hours to complete the 12-mile journey from Shildon to nearby Darlington. The impressive Locomotion Museum is home to more than 70 heritage rail vehicles, some still bearing the marks of a hard working life, while others have been finely restored—but all tell a fascinating story about how railways have shaped history.
Open: 10:00-17:00 (Apr 1-Oct 31) • 10:00-16:00 (Nov 1-Mar 31) • Daily except Dec 24-26,31 & Jan 1
England – British National Railway Museum
The British National Railway Museum in York is the world’s largest, and arguably best preserved, railway collection with specimines epitomizing brilliant feats of ingenuity that have ignited curiosity for the engineering marvels of railway history. The exhibitions include more than 100 locomotives and 300 other examples of rolling stock—incredible inventions spanning three centuries. Among the exhibits is the world’s fastest steam engine, the “Mallard,” which in 1938 set the steam locomotive speed record of 126mph. Also featured is the exquisitely streamlined “Duchess of Hamilton,” as well as, a replica of George Stephenson’s pioneering “Rocket.” From past glory to moderm marvels, the museum also displays the only bullet train to be found outside of Japan along with an early predecessor of speed, the world-famous “Flying Scotsman,” the first steam engine to break the 100mph barrier. These impressive inventions of past splendor reflect the historic nature of this esteemed exhibition venue—long before it was a museum, the building and surrounding yards were a fully functional steam locomotive depot and a major transit hub for Britain’s railway traffic. The museum’s unrivaled presentations celebrate a bygone era invoking visions of iconic locomotives chugging, steaming, muscling their way over iron tracks and profoundly transcending our imaginations.
Open: 10:00-18:00 (Feb 16-Oct 31) • 10:00-17:00 (Nov 1-Mar 15) • Daily except Dec 24-26
Estonia – Haapsalu Open Air Railway Museum
The Haapsalu Railway Museum can easily be reached by bus from Tallinn, Estonia, in about an hour and forty-five minutes. The museum opened in 1997 and occupies the former railway station house built in 1907 to serve the Russian nobility visiting the nearby bustling Baltic summer resort town of Haapsalu during the time of the imperial Russian empire. Several vintage steam locomotives and carriages are displayed on the tracks outside.
Opening Hours and Days:
- May 1-Aug 31 10:00-18:00 Daily
- Sep 1-Sep 30 11:00-18:00 Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
- Oct 1-Apr 30 11:00-18:00 Fri,Sat,Sun
Finland – Haapamäki Steam Locomotive Museum
The six-hectare Haapamäki Steam Locomotive Museum collection consists of seventy vintage locomotives of a dozen different types along with various coaches and rail cars on display. An Ukko-Pekka engine is cut in half for viewers to see the internal workings of a steam engine. The busy Haapamäki railway junction had its origins in the 1880s and thrived for the next seven decades until automobiles began to usurp the previously dominant railroad travel. The museum also features Finland´s longest miniature railway driven by a “Little-Huru” engine.
Open: 10:00-18:00 (May 10-Sep 30)
Finland – Hyvinkaa Finnish Railway Museum
The Finnish Railway Museum, founded in 1898, is located in Hyvinkää, about sixty kilometres from Helsinki. With dozens of vintage steam locomotives on display of special note is a British Beyer Peacock locomotive dating from 1868. Bit the jewel in the museum’s collection are the only surviving carriages of the Russian imperial train, used on official visits to Finland by the Russian Emperor Nicholas II, prior to his death in 1917. In all, there were almost a hundred imperial carriages used in Russia, but only these three coaches remain in existence.
Open: 10:00-17:00 (Jun 1-Aug 31) 1Open Daily • 10:00-17:00 (Sep 1-May 31) Closed Monday
France – Cité du Train Railway Museum
In 2005 the French Railway Museum, situated in Mulhouse, France, next to the Swiss border, became known as the Cité du Train, one of the ten largest railway museums in the world. It features an impressive collection, including the oldest preserved locomotive in Europe, the “Saint Pierre,” and even General Charles de Gaulle’s railway car equipped with a 2.10m-long bed. Also displayed is the legendary Orient-Express triggering visions of fantastic imaginary adventures. Train travel evolved throughout the 20th century with speedier versions also on display, including “The Capitol” commissioned in 1976, the first train to run at 200 km/h and the mythically-designed star of the French railway since 1981, the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse, “high-speed train”).
Open: 10:00-17:00 (Jan 1-Mar 31 & Nov 1-Dec 31) • 10:00-18:00 (Apr 1-Oct 31) • Daily except Dec 25
France – Vapeur et des Chemins de Fer Secondaires
The Musée des Tramways à Vapeur et des Chemins de Fer Secondaires Français (Museum of French Steam Tramways and Secondary Railways) is located alongside the Valmondois railway station in the small town of Butry-sur-Oise 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of Paris. The museum houses a collection of more than 75 railway vehicles preserved, restored and rebuilt by dedicated members of a railway association with its collection becoming the most important in France on the theme of secondary railways using the narrow one-meter gauge. On the first and third Sunday of each month the museum features a local train journey aboard an authentic 19th-century steam train.
Open: 14:30-18:00 • Sunday Only
Germany – Berlin German Museum of Technology
With an area of 26,500 square meters the German Museum of Technology houses one of the largest technological museums in Europe and provides a stimulating journey of discovery through the cultural history of technology. Situated in the rail yard of the former Hamburger Bahnhof, built in 1874 and destroyed during World War II, the museum features an extensive railway collection of 40 steam, deisel and electric trains on 33 tracks though it also displays aviation, shipping and computer technology. Included in the exhibits are a blacksmith’s shop and a historical brewery, as well as, a section depicting the darkest chapter of German rail history: the deportation of Jews by the German Third Reich to the ghettos and death camps.
Open: 09:00-17:30 (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri) • 10:00-18:00 (Sat,Sun) • Closed Monday
Germany – Hermeskeil Steam Locomotive Museum
The privately owned Hermeskeil Steam Locomotive Museum (formerly Bahnbetriebswerk Hermeskeil) is a small Prussian locomotive depot dating from 1888 and located in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate bordering Switzerland. The locomotive depot is directly opposite the railway building at Hermeskeil station and has a six-road roundhouse with a 6-meter turntable. The facility is used as a steam locomotive museum storing about 50 large steam engines, many in derelict yet photogenic condition now existing as abandoned, rusted-out carcasses—decayed relics of long past magnificence.
Hermeskeil Steam Locomotive Museum Website (in German)
Germany – Neuenmarkt German Steam Locomotive Museum
The German Steam Locomotive Museum in the Barvarian town of Neuenmarkt is located at the foot of the famous Schiefe Ebene incline on the Ludwig South-North Railway. The museum displays 60 train locomotives half of which were powered by steam. The collection also includes an exhibit of railway history, a saloon coach from Adolf Hitler’s special train that was used in 1955 by German chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, on his historic visit to Moscow.
German Steam Locomotive Museum Website (in German)
Open: 10:00-17:00 (Mar 16-Nov 1) • 10:00-15:00 (Nov 2-Mar 15) • Closed Mon & Dec 24-25,31,Jan 1
Germany – Nördlingen Bavarian Railway Museum
The Bavarian Railway Museum (Bayerische Eisenbahnmuseum) is housed in the old locomotive shed at Nördlingen station, whose depot is home to more than 100 vintage railway vehicles and steam locomotives. Large parts of the shed were destroyed by the bombs of World War II but were later rebuilt.
Opening Hours and Days:
- Mar 1-Apr 30 10:00-17:00 Sat,Sun
- May 1-Sep 30 12:00-16:00 Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri
- May 1-Sep 30 10:00-17:00 Sat,Sun
- Oct 1-Oct 31 10:00-17:00 Fri,Sat,Sun
- Dec 1-Feb 28 Closed
Greece – Athens Railway Museum
The Athens Railway Museum, located in the center of the city, is the largest railway museum in Greece. The rolling stock display features several unique examples including the “Tiryns,” the earliest surviving steam locomotive of German manufacture (1884); the royal wagon of King George built in Piraeus as a gift for the 25th anniversary of his reign and exhibited at the Olympia International Exhibition of Athens in 1888; and a unique smoking wagon gifted by the Oriental Railways to to Sultan Abdul-Aziz, the 32nd sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
Open: 09:00-15:00 (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri) • 09:00-15:00 (Every 2nd & 4th Sat) • Closed Sunday,Monday
Hungary – Hungarian Railway Heritage Park Open Air Museum
The Hungarian Railway History Park Museum is located at the former Budapest North Depot and railway station of the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV). The museum site covers more than 70,000 square meters featuring over one hundred exhibits including a fleet of fifty engines, twelve operational and thirty-eight cosmetically restored, plus a wide range of rolling stock: railcars, self-powered hand-carts, inspection cars, steam cranes, snow ploughs and other curiosities. The gem of the vintage collection is the elegant teak dining car built for the Orient Express in 1912. There’s even a Soviet Chaika automobile that once served as an official car of Hungarian Prime Minister Jenő Fock and later converted to travel on rails.
Open: 10:00-18:00 (Apr 9-Oct 27) (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat) • 10:00-17:00 (Sun) • Closed Monday
Indonesia – Ambarawa Open Air Railway Museum
Ambarawa Railway Museum is located on the Indonesian island of Java in the city of Ambarawa, the former military city and administrative center for the Dutch colonialists. It’s the largest railway museum in Southeast Asia displaying a collection of 21 steam locomotives from the Dutch East Indies era to the pre-independence of Indonesia four of which are still operational.
Ambarawa Railway Museum Website (Click Button on Home Page for English)
Open: 08:00-17:00 Daily
Indonesia – Jakarta Transportation Museum
Of prime interest to railway enthusiasts visiting the Transportation Musuem located on the outskirts of Jakarta is its collection of about three dozen historical steam locomotives. The museum is situated in the Taman Mini Park, which also features cultural exhibits from the diverse islands that make up Indonesia’s vast archipelago.
Open: 07:00-22:00 Sat, Sun
Italy – National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa
The National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa lies between the city of Naples and the town of Portici. Pietrarsa is an area that in past times was known as “Pietra Bianca” (white stone) but was renamed “Pietrarsa” (burnt stone) after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1631. The museum is housed in what was originally the old Bourbon workshop, Officine di Pietrarsa founded in 1840 at the command of Ferdinand II of Bourbon, where steam machines for ships and boilers for locomotives were built, making it the first industrial complex in Italy. The installation boasts 36,000 square meters in exhibition space and the quantity of rolling stock featured places it among the major railway museums in the world. The collections displayed in the pavilions of the ancient factory exhibit 26 steam locomotives, the most famous piece being a twin reproduction of the original Bayard locomotive, “Vesuvio,” that pulled the inaugural convoy of the Naples-Portici line back in 1839. On two sides of another hall, lined up opposite each other, you’ll see two steam locomotives that made steam traction history in Italy. And don’t miss the sleekly designed steam engine given the nickname “La Signorina” (the young lady) by railwaymen due to its slim lines.
Open: 14:00-20:00 (Thu) • 09:00-16:30 (Fri) • 09:30-19:30 (Sat,Sun) • Private Groups (M,Tu,W)
Latvia – Riga Open Air Railway Museum
Located in Riga, Latvia, the Latvian Raiway History Museum houses more than a thousand items: documents and photographs related to historic railway communications and signalling equipment, tools and instruments, uniforms and badges. Outside is the largest collection of rolling stock in the Baltics including restored Soviet locomotives built in Ukraine and Russia, as well as, German-built steam engines. The museum also features a Tsarist era prison car.
Open: 10:00-17:00 (Tue,Wed,Fri,Sat) • 10:00-20:00 (Thur) • Closed Monday
Lithuania – Vilnius Railway Station Museum
The Lithuanian Railway Museum with more than 900 exhibits of vintage railaway paraphernalia is located on the second floor of the 19th century railway station in Vilnius. The outdoor display featuring historic steam locomotives and rail cars is open from April through November and is located about 200 meters away at the eastern end of Platform One.
Open: 10:00-17:00 (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sun) • 10:00-16:00 (Sat) • Closed Monday
Luxembourg – Derelict Trains at AMTF Rodange Station, Fond-de-Gras
Photogenic derelict steam locomotives are situated near the AMTF Rodange railway station in the valley of Fond-de-Gras. They offer an evocative glimpse into the past rail history associated with the steelworks founded in the area in 1872, which became one of the most important iron ore mining and industrial sites in Luxembourg. Trips to Fond-de-Gras and its mining museum are accessible via the romantic “Train 1900” with its steam locomotives departing from its platform next to the CFL station in Pétange. Offering a unique railway experience this nostalgic train ride traverses the same path of the historic “Mining Line” built to transport iron ore extracted from neighboring mines.
“Train 1900” Website (in French)
Mexico – Puebla Mexican National Open Air Railway Museum
The National Museum of Mexican Railroads is housed in the elegant 19th century neoclassical style former station house (now declared a national monument) in Puebla and was inaugurated in 1869 by then president Benito Juárez. In the surrounding railway yards nostalgic vintage steam locomotives are displayed, as well as, a featured exhibit of a complete presidential train from the 1940s.
Mexican National Railway Museum Website (in Spanish)
Open: 09:00-17:00 (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun) • Closed Monday
Netherlands – Dutch National Railway Museum
The Dutch Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) located in Utrecht is housed in the Maliebaan railway station, which has been beautifully restored to reenact the luxury of 19th-century train travel. Eleven vintage steam locomotives are featured in the collection, including carriages with wooden interiors. Additrionally there are also displays of deisel and electric powered engines.
Open: 10:00-17:00 (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun) • Closed Monday except School Holidays and Jan 1,Apr 26
Norway – NSB Railway Museum
Poland – Koscierzyna Open Air Railway Museum
The Kościerzyna Railway Museum is located in a now defunct locomotive depot near the Kościerzyna railway station. The outdoor rolling stock exhibition consists of vintage steam locomotives including several diesel and electrical models. Other machines and devices related to Polish railway history are located inside the shed. Additionally the exhibit features carriages, wagons, tankers and technical cars, as well as, one locomotive cut open to show the interior of the engine’s mechanical operation.
Open: 10:00-18:00 (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun) • 10:00-16:00 (Mon)
Poland – Sochaczew Open Air Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum in Sochaczew is home to one of Europe’s largest collection of noteworthy antique narrow gauge rolling stock. Many of the unique heritage locomotives, rail cars and salon passenger carriages on display are among the last of their kind in all of Europe. They remain outdoors all year round and over time they will deteriorate although they are well maintained and regularly painted.
Sochaczew Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Website (in Polish)
Open: 10:00-18:00 (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun) • Closed Monday
Poland – Wenecja Open Air Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
Picturesque Wenecja (Polish for Venice) is located near the small, historical town of Żnin and is situated at the foot of the ruins of the medieval “Devil’s Castle” built in the 14th century by legendary Mikołaj Nałecz. This open air narrow guage railway museum has one of the world’s largest collections of 600mm gauge trains including 17 historic steam locomotives that in bygone days raced through fields from village to village at the breathtaking speed at the time of 20 kilometers per hour. Especially interesting is the oldest locomotive, an Orenstein-Koppel engine from 1899, as well as a tiny steam engine made by the Charles company of Belgium in 1935, one of ten such produced. There are several dozen exceptional exhibits housed in a now defunct but stylish railway depot.
Wenecja Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Website (Wikipedia)
Open: May 1-Oct 31 • 09:00-17:00 (Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri) • 10:00-15:00 (Sat,Sun) • Closed Monday
Portugal – National Railway Museum
Romania – Resita Open Air Railway Museum
Russia – Saint Petersburg Russian Railway Museum
Serbia – Požega Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
Slovenia – Slovenia Railway Museum
Spain – Gijón Railway Museum
Spain – Madrid Railway Museum
Spain – Vilanova Railway Museum
Sweden – Swedish Railway Museum
Switzerland – Blonay Chamby Railway Museum
Turkey – Çamlık Open Air Railway Museum
Read my wild vagabond story, “Magical Steam Train,” outlining my search for vintage steam locomotives across the globe. And check out this press article “A Steam Punk Steam Train Dream” featruing my fine art imagery in The Art Blog.
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