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Spoorweg Museum (Railway Museum)

Maliebaanstation 16
3581XW
Amsterdam

Tel: 0031 (0)302306206
Opening times: 10am - 5pm Tues - Sun



Web: website
Email: info@spoorwegmuseum.nl

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The Spoorweg Museum (Railway Museum), has been as such since 1954, and exists on the site of the old Maliebaan Station which closed in 1930 after the completion of what is today Utrecht Central Station. A very suitable spot for such a museum since Utrecht provides the central hub of the Nederlands railway system. As well as the fully and beautifully renovated original station complete with restaurant facilities, there is also a purpose built area housing the Spoorweg Museum's four railway worlds. The first transports the visitor back in time to the year 1800, the location being a damp English mine shaft where the first steam engines were put to work pumping out the water. Past a model of the world famous Stephenson's Rocket (and a peek into the window of George's house), you now find yourself face to face with the Nederland's first steam engine, De Arend (The Eagle). Enter World 2 (dream travel) and you will find yourself at the end of the 19th century ready to board the luxurious Orient Express. Next, in World 3, a roller coaster ride through Grandpa Gommers attic of "steel monsters" where he tells his grandson about his lifetime of work and adventures on the railways. Last, but most certainly not least, comes the engine shed of World 4 with it's fine, and well displayed collection of truly wonderful locomotives. An enormous amount of work has gone into the development and running of this museum which is a most excellent place to visit not only for rail enthusiasts, but for anyone looking for something a little different. Absolutely super place to bring the kids!

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