After many years in Moscow, Harvey Smith relocated to St. Petersburg in 2014.
There is a list of linked reports at the bottom.
Harvey tells me (30th May 2017) that the museum has now been closed and a
replacement is planned to open in December 2017.
Harvey went back here in October 2015 and reports "Good new no more heavy security. I
was unmolested and there was no tannoy shouting orders. The locomitves and other rolling stock are being renovated for a new museum at Baltiski Railway Station. It was all being done outdoors but better than nothing."
(This added 1st January 2016.)
Intending visitors will find this page very helpful - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varshavsky_railway_station.
Harvey Smith has been back to St. Petersburg. It makes a depressing read
as it seems the museum has many of the faults familiar to those of us who have
been visitors to outdoor railway museums which are both under-resourced and
left in the hands of people with no great interest in their charges. At the
bottom are the historical pictures from Harvey's original 2006 posting.
My wife and I travelled up to from Moscow on the High Speed Sapsan train. Sapsan was a great experience.
Three things to note on this journey.
We quickly went to the Outdoor Train Museum at the old Warsaw Railway Station. The quickest way I have found of getting to this museum is to go the metro to Baltiski metro station. As you come out of the metro turn right walk through the tunnel under the road and walk along by the canal. Walk passed the huge hypermarket on the right. The old station soon comes into view. It is now a shopping
centre. If you get as far as the large church you have gone too far. The museum sits behind the old station building. The shopping centre was almost empty when we visited (a Saturday).
St.Petersburg, like many Russian cities, has had a large number of shopping centres constructed in the last 10 years. As a result, Warsaw Station shopping centre has now been left with few customers. I only hope someone has the sense to use the old railway station as a new national museum and not leave rare and valuable exhibits rusting outside.
1. At Tver, on the left hand side of the train as you journey to St. Petersburg or the western side of the tracks, you will see steam locomotive
EM-726 39 (incorrectly numbered EM-725 39).
2. At Chudovo, (once again on the left hand side of the train as your journey to St. Petersburg or the western side of the tracks), I saw behind a fence a small rail mounted crane of a type that that was probably once a steam crane coupled to a small blue locomotive.
3. Just before you get into Moscow Station in St. Petersburg, (again on the left hand side of the train as you journey to St. Petersburg or the western side of the tracks) a sand coloured T80 battle tank appears on a plinth.
The entrance cost 100 roubles per adult and an additional 50 roubles for a camera. 50 roubles is about 1 English pound.
The experience of visiting the museum after 7 years was very mixed. Sadly most of the exhibits have not seen paint in years. As a result, corrosion and plant growth on many locomotives is widespread. The ballistic missile wagon has stood with its roof open since 2006 with resulting “weathering” to the inside of the roof. I removed a plant growing from a hole in the firebox lagging of
EA-2201. A coach from the Chinese Eastern Railway is badly in need of varnish. The depressing sight of decaying museum exhibits experience was made far worse due to constant harassment from the security staff. A loud speaker system kept up a bombardment of commands telling us not to climb on the locomotives and stick to the paths. I was severely told off by a woman security guard for standing on the ballast while trying to take a decent photo of the cab of the LV18-002. I was not alone in this experience. The woman security guard was even brandishing a large police truncheon. For those seeking the authentic “Gulag Experience” the museum would be perfect. Only Esh 4444 and TT 1770 sported new paintwork.
P36-0027 has left the museum and is at Shushary Museum (14 km south of St
P36-0251 is still at the Warsaw Railway Museum. It was the last Soviet Passenger Steam locomotive constructed.
|Military Railway Missile Complex 15P961 Molodets
As regards the good points the museum now has benches and a selection of locomotives and rolling stock that I did not see in 2006. These including:
- Steam locomotive TT 1770 – She was built from the 2 wrecked tank locomotives that I saw at Shushary Museum in 2006. It is a Second World War trophy locomotive. It is a regauged type T9.3 of the Prussian Railways or class 91 of the German Railways.
- Steam locomotive OD-1080. She was built in 1900 at the Bryansk Works.
- Steam locomotive YeI-534. She is a Russian design built by ALCO in 1917 and supplied to Imperial Russia during the First World War.
- A former steam Crane Dzh45 No.71 Ianvarets – Built in Odessa in 1939 and converted to diesel in 1966. She was retired in 1996.
- Diesel locomotive Da 20-09, which was built in 1944 by ALCO. She worked on the Ashkhabad Railway and later on the North Caucasus railway until 1996.
- Electric Locomotive no.4. Russia’s oldest preserved industrial electric locomotive. She was constructed in the early 1930s.
- DMU AV 758 which was built in 1939 in Romania. It is a Second World War trophy.
- The Official Saloon Car of the Chinese Eastern Railway. This was built in 1902.
- 3 Coaches consisting of Military Railway Missile Complex 15P961 Molodets with Intercontinental Missile 15Zh61.
- An ER200-1 Soviet high speed train. These ran between Moscow and St.Petersburg between 1984 and 2009.
Military Railway Missile Complex 15P961 Molodets The only one left and this is how they preserve it. The roof has been left open outdoors for 7
years and the second picture shows corrosion on a wagon
The Official Saloon Car of the Chinese Eastern
Railway, it desperately needs varnishing.
|EA-2201 with plant growth
||TT-1770 actually looks
|A former steam Crane Dzh45 No.71 Ianvarets
Steam locomotive YeI-534 with terrible paint finish and corrosion
and EL538 with plant growth in 4 places.
The St. Petersburg Outdoor Railway Museum, 2006
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 8th June 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 11th May 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)