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The new Russian Railway Museum in St. Petersburg 2017
Harvey Smith reports:
On 1st November 2017, the Russian Railway Museum opened at Baltiskiy Station in St. Petersburg. Many of the exhibits were previously at the the Varshavsky Railway Station Museum. However, more have been added to the collection and the museum is under cover and much better presented. This is a world class modern museum, which is at least the equal to any other. The exhibits are well presented, in good condition, and full explanations are provided in both Russian and English. The whole story of railways is explained from Trevithick to the present day. Two HO model railways are also present. One model railway is of Russia’s first passenger carrying railway - the Tsarskoye Selo Railway and the second of Vladivostok Station. The visitor can learn about the origins of Russia’s railways in mines, the Imperial Russian trains and the construction of both the Tsarskoye Selo Railway and the Moscow to St. Petersburg line.
For those interested in military history the RT-23 Molodets missile launching train and the giant TM-3-12305mm/12inch Railway gun are parked outside amongst the external exhibits.
The museum utilizes the nineteenth century locomotive shed of the Peterhof Railway built in 1857 – 1858, however a large second display building and external display areas have been added.
To find the museum simply look at the front façade of Baltiski Railway Station and walk down the right (western) side of station. The museum is clearly visible on Google maps coordinates: 59°54'20.6"N 30°17'51.8"E or 59.905750, 30.297753.
The Russian Railways website is:
A YouTube site with a drone’s view of the museum
S017-2286 outside the Russian Railway Museum
b-2023 Russian locomotive. One of the oldest locomotives in Russia, being built in 1897 by Kolomna Works for the Vladikavkaz. It was used until the mid-1980’s in Grozny.
TT-1770 a captured German Trophy. She is a re-gauged Prussian T 93.
A model of the Cherepanov locomotive
A model of 'Provorny' Russia’s first main line passenger locomotive built by Robert Stephenson
S.68 is one of only 2 surviving pre-revolutionary Russian passenger locomotives. Built in Russia, probably in 1917. Designed by B.S. Malakovskii. This locomotive only survived because it was used as a stationary boiler in a factory in Moscow until the 1970s.
The official saloon car of the Chinese Eastern Railway
OD-1080 nineteenth century freight locomotive
Cutaway locomotive ER-791-81
Cutaway locomotive ER-791-81 showing the pit for viewing the underside
Left OV-6640 Nineteenth century
freight locomotive, she was restored to working order in 2017. 8000 of
these were built up until the Russian Revolution. This one was built at
the Putilov works in St. Petersburg in 1902. During World War II it was
used as part of an armoured train.
SOM17-1137 SO standing for Sergo Ordzhonikidze Georgian Bolshevik, Politburo member and close associate of Stalin
LV18-002 was a development of the L class. It was built at the Voroshilovgradskim Parovozostroitelnym factory in 1953, served on Moskovsko - Ryazanskoy and Northern railways until 1982 and then as a factory boiler.
SU 253-15 Passenger steam locomotive and development from the class S (see above).
View from First floor Gallery:
Class FD20 Soviet locomotive. This is the most powerful
series-built steam freight locomotive in Russia (3200hp). Named after
Dzerzhinsky, who founded the Cheka. The introduction of this class
marked the transition from European to American practice of designing
locomotives in the USSR. Built in 1936.
Class Tk3 Finnish locomotive. These were used by the Russians until 1950’s. They came to Russia as reparations. This one was built in Tampere in 1943 and like many Finnish locomotives it is a wood burner.
YeL 534 She was built by the American Locomotive Building Company (ALCO) in Schenectady in 1917.
shch-el-1 Russians were pioneers of diesel electric traction and shch-el-1 is Russia’s first diesel electric locomotive. It was completed in 1924 and it may interest some to know that the actual diesel engine was salvaged from a sunken British WW I - era submarine which lay in the Gulf of Finland.
SO17-2413 Built by Krasnoiarsk Works in 1948 to commemorate 30 years anniversary of youth communist organization
HO scale model Railway of Vladivostok