The International Steam Pages

The Indoor Railway Museum, St. Petersburg, 2014
(The Central Museum of Railway Transport)

After many years in Moscow, Harvey Smith relocated to St. Petersburg in 2014. There is a list of linked reports at the bottom.

This is a museum with a grand title. It was founded in 1913. It is easy to find go to Sennaya Ploshad / Spasskaya / Sadovaya metro Station. Find Sennaya Ploshad itself and then head South West down Sadovaya Street / Ulitsa. Keep on the left / south side of the road and just before a small park you will find the museum.

Do not expect much. The museum does not contain a single locomotive or indeed a builder’s plate. It gives a history of railways from the early beginnings. Trevithick and Stephenson achievements are all illustrated. The museum contains a large number of detailed models of locomotives and railway infrastructure, and photos. Some ingenious working models of a lifting bridge and an unusual traversing bridge were demonstrated by museum staff. These bridges were said to be from the early years of the Moscow- St.Petersburg line. Some of the models are of a great age and all are of a high quality. They do give a rare insight into the numerous Russian locomotive types that were never preserved. The Fairlie locomotive from the Caucasus railway is among the models. Moreover, SS Baikal was the train ferry that operated on Lake Baikal and which was built by Armstrong Whitworth’s works in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England has its model. Moreover, a token machine built by the Railway Signal Company of Liverpool was also on display.

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Unusual locomotive a 2-6-0 or a 2-4-2-0?:


Lifting Bridge

SS Baikal:

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Rob Dickinson