We invite you to take a Train ride on genuine steam driven train. In the Railway Museum you can walk around the real wagon depot of “Podmoskovnoe” and see a railway station as it used to be, in the early 20th century.
The Railway Museum contains various models of trains and wagons (carriages or coaches, as they were called) of about 40 items. There are steam-engines named after Felix Dzerzhinsky and Grigoriy Ordzhonikidze, a tank-train and a hospital train, kitchen-wagon and VIP wagon, trains captured during the war and many other rolling stock and paraphernalia which have been historically used on the Russian railways.
You will enjoy the unique vibrations of a steam train during a 15-minute ride. Did you know that old train whistles are very different from modern-data trains? The steam train took a great deal of time to pick-up speed, because it was such a heavy machine. Also, the power required to move that mass was far less then, than the power of diesel and electric trains of today. You might remember, if you are old enough, the sounds of smoke belching out of the train chimneys (or smoke stack), like a "chuff-chuff-chuff" sound causing puffs of thick black smoke to cloud the air. In the past, every steam train had the unique melody of whistle and the drivers’ wives recognizing the melody knew that their husbands were on the way home. You will see how the steam train is rotated on the special device – a locomotive turn-table. Of course, now it is automated, but in the past it was turned manually. In Sweden, the tune-table was moved by 30 persons but in Russia three healthy men could handle it.
The tour takes approximately 1 hour.
The tour program includes:
- Guide-interpreter (English, Spanish, French or German);
- Tour in the train depot;
- Train ride (15 minutes).
N.B. - We can arrange transport to museum, if needed.
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