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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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  • Smell of old railway station, original locomotives, original rail. It is not an artificial museum it is frozen history of railway. Don’t expect new building with all amenities, just an old building fr...  more »
  • little museum in centre of city Ljubljana show little history of railway on this place (ex Jugoslavija) in the past and think how look a rail station inlook ,how uniform they wear and wich locomotive ...  more »
  • It is a bit out of the way (be sure to pack your map), and the round house is cold in the winter, but the railway museum has a fun and fascinating collection of locomotives and and other train related...  more »