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Railway Museum, Ljubljana

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4.4/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
The Slovenian Railway Museum, or Railway Museum of Slovenian railways, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, located on Parmova ulica 35, is the national museum for Slovenia's railway history.The museum is tasked with acquiring, preserving and supplying knowledge about Slovenian railway history on the basis of the national collection. It is owned by Holding Slovenske Zeleznice, and is located in front of the former Ljubljana Šiška Railway station.HistoryThe notion of documenting the history of Slovene railways was born in the 1960s when it was becoming clear that the era of the steam locomotive was drawing to a close. If this was late in the day, it was because a decision had been made after WW2 to make Belgrade the base for railway museum activities for the whole Yugoslavia, a choice that led later to the establishment of the Belgrade Railway Museum.When the railwayman and woman of Slovenia elected to establish a museum of their own, they chose for its location the former locomotive shed at Ljubljana Siska. In its formative years, historic vehicles were temporarily displayed only in the 'roundhouse', a semicircular shed forming the centrepiece of the depot. This shed itself had been listed as part of the cultural heritage.In 1996, the year that marked the 150th anniversary of the advent of railways in Slovenia, the Museum of the Slovenian Railways presented to the public a permanent display of its most important railway artefacts. This was housed in the former railway training school in Kurilniška Street, close by the main site of the museum. The building, however, was old and in a ruinous state. With its demolition in 2002, the display had to be closed to the public for the duration.
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  • Every third Saturday in month is a perfect time to visit that museum with children,because they can enjoy to ride a small trane and see some trains in a small version (HO) . Over winter time they will...  read more »
  • At first, one wonders if the Museum isn't an old shed. For the equivalent of €2 50, an adult accompanying a child to discover a superb collection that is worth a visit. In the first room we can observe locomotives (and 1 medical car) covering almost all of the 20th century Yugoslav and Slovenian. Come then several rooms where you will discover (and sometimes manipulate) original material such as arrays of switches, road barriers, placed phone orders along the rail,... A must for young children.
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  • not really comfortable to walk but with patience you can get there, basically here the locomotives of the time are the masters, surely enthusiasts would honeymoon in this museum. Well stocked with material, maybe some things are very similar among themselves though varying only the shape, personally I find it repetitive after a while. If it's a rainy day you can go, otherwise we wouldn't stay on purpose.
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