After many years in Moscow, Harvey Smith relocated to St. Petersburg in 2014.
There is a list of linked reports at the bottom.
If you have visited this page before, there is a July 2015
update towards the end. I have now (6th August 2015) added a picture of
the timetable and added telephone numbers for enquiries. A June
2016 update has the new timetable.
The railway goes under various names - Southern Small October Railway / Southern Malaya Octyabyskaya
and also the St. Peterburg Children’s Railway.
There is also a Northern Children’s Railway in
St. Petersburg. I had long heard that there was a narrow gauge steam locomotive running on the St.Petersburg Children’s Railway. However I found this completely by accident, when I was at Shushary museum. I visited the railway on 14th June 2015. The railway can be used for exploring area of Pushkin / Tsarskoye Selo with its parks and royal palaces. I suggest that you take a bicycle.
Why go there?
Well it gives the rare opportunity to see a working Russian narrow gauge steam locomotive
If you want to know the history of these locos look here: http://c2project.org/index.php?page=loco_history.
They are part of a class that is the most numerous narrow gauge locomotive ever built.
You can go by car, but it is best going by Metro or Train.
Get the blue line to the last stop in the south Kupchino. Come out the station walk south down the motorway over the large motor way bridges that goes over the metro line and you will see the Children’s Railway on the left next to the south end of the bridge and near the railway tracks.
Similarly take the train from Vitebsk. Perhaps admire the 1:1 model of the locomotive “Provorny” at Vitebsk. See
Get an electrical train to the Kupchino railway station. . Come out the station walk south down the motorway over the large motorway bridges that goes over the metro line and you will see the Children’s Railway on the left next to the south end of the bridge and near the railway tracks.
You need to go north up Vitebski Prospect from the E105 (Moscow –St.
Petersburg Road or the KAD. The railway is unmarked. You will see the remains of what appears to be an old Traffic Police road block and inspection area (you will see 2 large canopies one on each side of the road. Well just after the canopy and before the road bridge turn off the road. You will see large steel painted black and a high black steel fence.
The Railway is open from 1 June to 30 August every day from 11.00am. See the
About the Railway
The Railway runs 10.5 km and was opened on 12 July 2011. It has 3 stations Molodejnaya (North Terminus next to Kupchino), Uni, and Tarskoyselskaya (South Terminus next to Platforma 21km). A World War 2 monument with 2 World War II era anti-tank guns sits outside
Tarskoyselskaya. The railway runs along part of Russia's first railway line from Vitebsk to Tsarkoye
Diesel locomotives, TU10-001, TU10-025, TU2-167
Steam Locomotives Kp-4-447. previously it was preserved at ' Bologoe railway
sleeper impregnation plant' (almost unrecognisable - http://narrow.parovoz.com/gallery/RU69/20100824_132903.jpg)
Timetable: (2016 version)
If you have a Russian speaker handy, then Southern Children's Railway
has an enquiries telephone line. These are local numbers and the telephone code for
both is 812. So if you call from elsewhere in Russia you need to dial 8 (or +7) 812
before these numbers.
Molodezhnaya station, St. Petersburg 458 - 67 - 48
Tsarskoselskaya station 458-67-43.
Kp-4-447 Molodejnaya (North Terminus next to Kupchino)
Kp-4-447 leaving Molodejnaya (North Terminus next to Kupchino)
Kp-4-447 passing Parovoz Musee station (main line Station) at Shushary
Molodejnaya (North Terminus next to Kupchino)
Banner on the rolling stock shed (see below)
Tu10-025 at and Tu10-001 leaving Molodejnaya (North Terminus next to Kupchino)
Tarskoyselskaya (South Terminus next to Platforma 21km) and the rolling stock shed, water crane and wood pile Tarskoyselskaya (South Terminus next to Platforma 21km).
Harvey returned to celebrate his birthday in mid July 2015 and has added
some extra pictures:
Refueling takes place at Tsarskoye Selo at the Southern end. Sadly as there
is no turntable she runs back light engine as she is not allowed to run tender
first for safety reasons. Mrs Natalya Smith is the seated lady in the red top and jeans.
Note the tender carries the number 332, it seems to have been swapped while it
was in Estonia.
The St. Petersburg Outdoor Railway Museum, 2006
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 3rd August 2017)
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)