Since lately I’ve been browsing a lot about shinkansen, I suddenly remembered of an article I once wrote a few years ago for a travelling website. The article was about Transportation Museum at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII). Unfortunately, that website doesn’t exist anymore and even the trails of it are not detected by Google.

So what does a shinkansen have to do with Transportation Museum on TMII? Well it doesn’t really have anything to do with it. But, shinkansen have made me read a lot about trains in Japan.

Due to that, I became remembering if on TMII’s Transportation Museum, there are several locomotives of first-generation trains in Indonesia. After I reviewed my article back then, this TMII’s Transportation Museum is not the only museum which has the display of real trains in Indonesia.

There is another museum which is more famous as a train museum, it is Ambarawa Train Museum. Train lovers in Indonesia must have already finished exploring this museum, haven’t they?

As usual, after reviewing about one thing, it would make me reivew about other things. Yes, for some reasons, I am a very curious person. Mainly because the topic is about something i like, which is train.

Though I never take a ride on KRL, I admire that “iron snake”. That is simply because before there are plenty of Bandung-Jakarta travel service, I always took the train between Bandung-Jakarta every week as I went to college in Bandung but took an internship in Jakarta.

Well, from the museum in Ambarawa, I tried revealing other train museums. Are there any other museums that specifically take the theme of trains? And if the trains are really the main star on those museum instead of just being a co-star inside a transportation museum (and stand against other means of transportation).

And voila! I found a few other train museums in Indonesia, and other countries. For Travelers who love trains, here are some museums that I could gather. Of course I didn’t write all of them, as there are too many train museums in the whole world.

In Indonesia, beside Ambarawa Train Museum, other train museum is located on Sawahlunto, West Sumatera. Sawahlunto Train Museum is just 2 kilometers away from the center of Sawahlunto, a city which is about 95 kilometers away from Padang city. So if there are some of you train lovers currently living around West Sumatra, you don’t need to go far to Ambarawa as there is also a train museum in Sawahlunto.

Sawahlunto Train Museum [via flickr]
Sawahlunto Train Museum [via flickr]
Sawahlunto Train Museum [via flickr]
Sawahlunto Train Museum [via flickr]
Sawahlunto Train Museum [via flickr]
Sawahlunto Train Museum [via flickr]
Sawahlunto Train Museum [via flickr]
Sawahlunto Train Museum [via flickr]
 

The continent of Australia also has several train museums. One is Canberra Railway Museum located in Canberra, Australia. This museum has various collection of steam and diesel locomotives. There is also a train ride tour available from the museum to Fywick area.

Other museum is the Workshop Rail Museum in Brisbane. This is the only train museum on the city, and it is said to be the biggest one in Queensland. Wait, only in Queensland? Yups, because the record of biggest train museum in Australia is hold by National Railway Museum on Adelaide Port.

There are several other train museum in Australia such as Dorrigo Steam Railway and Museum and Australian Railway Historical Society Museum. And if you wanna visit other train-themed museum which is a little bit different with other museums above, you can come around to Leuralla.

The museum on Leullara is a train miniature and toy museum. Well it is not actually a train-themed museum, but it is also interesting to visit as it has the display of train miniatures and other toys.

Display A10 no 6 at Workshop Rail Museum [photo by: Dbromage/wikimedia]
Display A10 no 6 at Workshop Rail Museum [photo by: Dbromage/wikimedia]
Locomotive 1262 at Workshop Rail Museum [photo by: Dbromage/wikimedia]
Locomotive 1262 at Workshop Rail Museum [photo by: Dbromage/wikimedia]
National Railway Museum [photo by: Peripitus/wikimedia]
National Railway Museum [photo by: Peripitus/wikimedia]
Leuralla [photo by: Crico/wikimedia]
Leuralla [photo by: Crico/wikimedia]
 

India also has several train museums. The most famous one is National Rail Museum in New Delhi. This museum has several interesting exhibition, including the oldest steam locomotive in India. Other museum, Delhi Metro Museum, is also located in New Delhi.

The difference is, Delhi Metro Museum has the theme of more modern trains than National Rail Museum. Some train-themed museums in India are Mysore Rail Museum in Karnataka, Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railway in Maharashtra, and Regional Railway Museum in Tamil Nadu.

Locomotive 7200 at National Rail Museum [photo by: Bahnfrend/wikimedia]
Locomotive 7200 at National Rail Museum [photo by: Bahnfrend/wikimedia]
Austin car at Mysore Rail Museum [photo by: Nagesh Kamath/wikimedia]
Austin car at Mysore Rail Museum [photo by: Nagesh Kamath/wikimedia]
Display at Regional Railway Museum [photo by: Destination8infinity/wikimedia]
Display at Regional Railway Museum [photo by: Destination8infinity/wikimedia]
Display at Regional Railway Museum [photo by: Destination8infinity/wikimedia]
Display at Regional Railway Museum [photo by: Destination8infinity/wikimedia]
 

Love travelling to Hongkong? There are train museums in Hongkong too. Located on the area of Tai Po Market New Territories, there is Hong Kong Railway Museum. This museum has various collection of trains that have ever operated in Hongkong, either it is in pictures or real display of locomotives and train compartments.

China also has train-themed museum, China Railway Museum which is located on Chaoyang district, Beijing. Myanmar too, has train museum with a rather scary name, Thabyuzayat Death Railway Museum. Various informations regarding the museums above can be clicked directly on each museum name.

Hong Kong Railway Museum [photo by: HenryLi/wikimedia]
Hong Kong Railway Museum [photo by: HenryLi/wikimedia]
Hong Kong Railway Museum [photo by: WiNG/wikimedia]
Hong Kong Railway Museum [photo by: WiNG/wikimedia]
Hong Kong Railway Museum [photo by: WiNG/wikimedia]
Hong Kong Railway Museum [photo by: WiNG/wikimedia]
Hong Kong Railway Museum [photo by: Katie Chan/wikimedia]
Hong Kong Railway Museum [photo by: Katie Chan/wikimedia]
 

How about the countries on Europe and America? Are there any train-themed museums there? The answer is, yes, and there are plenty of those. There are so many of those that I could make a special book just to review those museums (instead of just a few series of articles).

Maybe because the culture of using train in Europe and America are far older and more advanced that most countries in other continents, the trains earned special places in the countries’ history of development.

Then what about Japan? Japan is one of the countries with advanced train technology and high culture of using trains, isn’t it? Special for Japan, especially around Tokyo area, I will write it on separate article. I hope the information is useful!

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