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Railway Museums in Africa

Within my chosen geographical area which excludes North America, most of Europe and Japan, the occurrence of genuine railway museums as opposed to the odd preserved steam locomotive or tourist railway is quite rare. Here you will find a list of known links which describe those I either know about through personal experience or through submissions to my website or which have been located by web searches. Some are no more than (steam) locomotive parks, others have barely a steam locomotive to be seen. It will be a useful quick check list for readers making short visits. I have also included a note of known steam tourist operations where appropriate for Africa, Asia and parts of South America, the latter are covered in more detail in the relevant continent page. By and large the links are to pages which are in English, although these days a web-based automatic translation will normally produce something good enough to get started during a visit.... Please email me with additions and corrections to the address at the end, include a sensible and appropriate subject line to help avoid vanishing into the spam filter.


There are certain umbrella organisations whose sites may be helpful, particularly IATM (International Association of Transport and communications Museums) - see http://www.iatm.ws/ - railways are necessarily a small sub group. Others are regional and are noted as appropriate.

Another recommended link - http://www.innvista.com/culture/travel/rail/mindex.htm - as of September 2007 it was last updated in February 2007 and less complete than this site for non-mainstream areas, but necessarily it may be updated, but it will be a good source for the USA, Canada, Australasia and Western Europe.

As always Wikipedia is worth a look but when I checked this page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_railway_museums it had far fewer entries in my areas than are on these pages.


This page covers railway museums in Africa, either scroll down the page or click on a continent for a further menu.

Africa
(2nd Nov 11)
Americas
(5th Oct 17)
Asia
(23rd Aug 17)
Australasia
(12th Apr 13)
Europe
(12th Aug 17)

Egypt
Ethiopia
(3rd Dec 08)
Kenya
Mocambique
(14th May 10)
Namibia
Nigeria
(1st June 10)
Reunion
(3rd Dec 08)
Sierra Leone
(1st Feb 11)
South Africa
Tanzania
Zambia
(2nd Nov 11)
Zimbabwe

Africa

This South Africa based link is worth consulting - http://www.railserve.com/Tourist/World/Africa/ (added 26th April 2014)

Egypt

There is a long established museum in Cairo, see http://www.touregypt.net/railmuseum.htm. There are four steam pictures on this page - http://www.railfaneurope.net/pix/ne/Egypt/pix.html

Ethiopia

There appears to be a railway museum in Addis Adaba, http://www.steamlocomotive.info suggests a derelict steam locomotive is here, but I have not been able to trace any proper web resources.

Kenya

There is a long established museum in Nairobi, there is no official website but see http://www.greywall.demon.co.uk/rail/Kenya/nrm.html, more pictures are on http://sa-transport.co.za/trains/museums/nairobi_railway_museum.html (added 7th July 2007)

There are occasional public and private steam specials - see the Africa section of this site.  

Mocambique

Part of the station at Maputo is being transformed into a railway museum, click here for John Middleton's report (14th May 2010).

Namibia

The TransNamib Museum is at Windhoek. It only has one narrow gauge steam locomotive (there are a number of others elsewhere in Namibia), but Thomas Kautzor tells me that the small exhibits inside, including photos and documents, are of great interest to railway enthusiasts. See http://www.namibweb.com/railmuseum.htm and http://sa-transport.co.za/trains/museums/transnamib_railway_museum.html (all this added 7th July 2007).

Nigeria

There is a museum near the Nigerian Railways headquarters at Ebute Metta. After substantial renovation the museum building was commissioned on 13th May 2010 - see the report (1st June 2010). It should be stressed that this is a 'mini museum' with the historic building itself the main exhibit, in particular the steam locomotives which have been set aside continue to gather rust.

Reunion

For an excellent page on the history and remaining relics on the island see http://www.mi-aime-a-ou.com/le_train_de_l_ile_de_la_reunion.htm (link dead by 26th April 2014), the railway museum at Grande Chaloupe (which has a preserved Schneider 0-6-0T and a couple of railcars) must be one of the most remote in the world. James Waite advises that the local tourist office in Saint Denis (otinord@wanadoo.fr) told him that advanced notice of an intended visit is needed - Association ti train lontan Tél : 06 92 85 36 78 (réservation).

Sierra Leone

A museum was established here as part of attempts to rehabilitate the country - click here for my copy of an original official article which is no longer available. The museum now has its own (embryonic) website - http://www.sierraleonerailwaymuseum.com/ (1st February 2011).

South Africa

There are many steam sites, please consult the Africa section of this site, but arguably most noteworthy are those at Sandstone (http://www.sandstone-estates.com/) and George..

Tanzania

There are occasional public and private steam specials - see the Africa section of this site.  

Zambian

There is a museum at Livingstone, there is no official website but see http://www.geoffs-trains.com/Museum/livingstonemuseum.html and http://www.sa-transport.co.za/trains/zambia/zambia.html (latter two links added 7th July 2007). Elmar Pfannerstal has sent some pictures from his July 2011 visit (added 2nd November 2011). 10th Class 156 and 12th class 204 have worked tourist trains on a stub of the Zambezi Sawmills Railway in recent years,

Zimbabwe

There is a long established museum in Bulawayo, there is no official website but see http://www.geoffs-trains.com/Museum/BulawayoRlyMuseumHome.html and http://sa-transport.co.za/trains/museums/bulawayo_railway_museum/brm.html (latter link added 7th July 2007).

There are occasional public and private steam specials.


Rob Dickinson

Email: webmaster@internationalsteam.co.uk


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