Railway Museum, Ljubljana

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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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  • Indoor and outdoor museum. A little out of the way but worth the trip. Suitable for young and old.
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  • Very modest Museum with interesting exhibits. There is a lack of funding-Exposition on the street in a State of disrepair. Was Saturday. Intuziasty cooked small locomotives to roll children.
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  • A museum which is also a workshop where restoring vintage locomotive railways engineers and offer them the admiration of young and old. Not far from the Centre (20 minutes walk, a few minutes drive), next to the new mosque under construction, the Railway Museum is a must for a visit to Ljubljana with children or for a rainy day.
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  • This museum is improving year by year. The garden railway was prolonged and every third saturday of warmer months, you can enjoy rides from enthusiasts or take the guided tour of the museum. They have cleaned the locomotive stock, which is really nice, but you can find secret places where you can see residuals from cola usage.
  • Wonderful museum just on the outskirts of the town. Hardly anyone seems to visit here and it's such a shame because it's a really lovely museum. Two buildings, one housing very well kept and restored engines and the other signalling and points gear as well as other railway related items. Outside sadly is a steam engine graveyard where several rusting monsters lie in rest. This is for me the best museum in Ljubljana and I visited eight of them.
  • Great place, with young guys that want to tell you everything about the lovely beasts that are inside. It's a pity that is not possible to get in to all the engines, nonetheless go there, it definitely deserves some time.
  • If you like trains just a bit, this is a must have. You can to see about 15 different locomotives and read a bit about them. There is also a big railway turntable outside and other building with different kinds of signals, uniforms and other stuff from Slovenian railway history. The outdoors is a bit messy and could be tidied up, also there are some abandoned buildings around. But indoors, it is great
  • Well worth a visit, the museum is about a 15 minute walk from the station. Entry is very reasonably priced and the site is quite large. The exhibits are all steam and there doesn't appear to have been anything from the post steam era preserved or at least exhibited which is a great pity as there will potentially be nothing of the countries more modern era for future generations. Staff were helpful and very friendly.
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