Sat. Dec 5th, 2020

You can ride trains and you can build trains. What the two groups have in common is the love of learning about the trains. The amazing history of each car, track, engine, and type of propulsion used is enough to fill a whole library. There is a lot of information you can look up online.

However, the real way to take in the train history is to see at least a part of it in a train museum. I’ve composed a list of museums I plan on visiting in the future and I certainly hope you do too.

California State Railroad Museum

Every day from 10 am to 5 pm, adults can enter the California State Railroad Museum for the low price of $12, while their kids get in for $6. The museum features school programs, railroad safety, special events, and much more. You are going to enjoy learning about trains and it is a family-friendly place with plenty of activities for kids. I like it because you can immortalize your trip by submitting a story with pictures to the museum.

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The Railway Museum Ljubljana

If you want to learn how railroads work and see a collection of steam locomotives, then Ljubljana is the place to be. You can also examine draisines to your heart’s content, along with telephones, telegraphs, printing telegraphs, and other devices regularly used by people working on railways in the past, all the way back to before WWI. The Slovenian museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm.

The Kyoto Railways Museum

If I could, I would visit all major train museums in Japan, like the ones in Nagoya and Saitama. However, if I had to pick one, I would go to Kyoto. It has a gigantic room with over 50 train cars to examine. Here, you can follow Japan’s train history one train car at a time. It even houses the exhibits from the museum of Osaka. It’s great for fans of Japan and it is pretty close to other cool things one might enjoy on a trip.

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Head of Steam

Formerly known as the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, it can be found in the UK. It is here that you can find the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the world’s first steam-powered passenger railway, and one of the most important engines in train history – Locomotion No. 1, created by George Stephenson back in 1825. It is one of the four locomotives the museum has for display, along with the model of the original Stockton & Darlington Railway. If you can only visit one museum on this list, it should definitely be this one.

By Ella