Japan Trip 3 : The Railway Museum part 1

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM - History Zone

If we talk about Japanese famous things, one of them should be trains. In this trip I have a chance to visit JR East’s THE RAILWAY MUSEUM to learn more about Japanese trains.

New Shuttle Omiya Station

I traveled from Kawagoe I visited in the last post to Omiya Station by taking JR Sankyo Line. Then I walked to New Shuttle Station where is connected internally to JR Station.

New Shuttle Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station

I took the New Shuttle Train to Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan. The museum entry is at the exit of the station.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM

Tickets can be bought easily from vending machines in front of the entrance. You can select English as its menu language.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM

An admission ticket is the same Suica card we use for paying fare.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM

The barriers at the entrance are like the ones you found in the train stations.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM - History Zone

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM has 3 floors. I began walking around History Zone on the 1st floor first.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM - Class 9850 Mallet Steam Locomotive & Kaitakushi Passenger Carriage

History Zone is the area where the real trains are exhibited. It is divided into several areas by Japanese trains era from the beginning to electric trains (EMU) era.

Some exhibited trains are cross-sectioned to see the mechanic inside or decorated with mannequins to model how people used the trains in that era.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM - Class Kiha 41300 Railcar

Visitors can get inside and sit on the seats of some train too.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM - Imperial Model Class 2 (The First)

The important Imperial rail carriages are shown in the glass room.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM - Class Remufu 10000 Refrigerator Wagon

Not only passenger trains. A freight train and its cars are also shown here.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM - Class EF55 Electric Locomotive

There is a turntable for the train showcase in the middle of History Zone. I think you can check the show schedule from staffs. On the day I visit, Class EF55 Electric Locomotive was shown here.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM - The Birth of Shinkansen

In my opinion the area which is the hero for History Zone is The Birth of Shinkansen where the first shinkansen train Shinkansen Series 0 and Shinkansen Series 200 are shown.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM - Series 21 Shinkansen (Series 0 Shinkansen)

Museum also give the separate room to model the first opening event of shinkansen with the development history board on the wall.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM - The Birth of the Shinkansen

Most descriptions in the museum are in Japanese but some of them also have English ones. I saw the guide doing the museum tour in Japanese too.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM

At the end of History Zone is the gate which bring you to the ground behind the museum building. I saw some 183 series trains which have air conditioners installed for people to sit inside and a playground for children.

Next time I will write about other parts of THE RAILWAY MUSEUM. Please look forward to it.

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