The Railway Museum (鉄道博物館)

The past weekend, Japan had their Golden week holidays although this year the holidays had a break in between. Thus some people who were lucky enough to take time off from work would have a total 10 days of holiday. There is a mass exdous of people traveling during the past week. I was lucky to get the whole week off school but I did not travel too far as it was quite expensive to go traveling during this period.(Plus the crowd and queue for almost anything did not sound too tempting.)

The Railway Museum

The Railway Museum was built in Onari, Saitama City as the centerpiece of the JR East 20th Anniversary Memorial Project. This is a railway museum, and it preserves both the physical elements and heritage of railways in Japan and abroad. It also preserves materials relating to JR East and the JNR privatization reforms. The Railway Museum also conducts research and development. This is a historical museum that tells the industrial history of the development of the railway system while introducing the historical background of each period with displays of actual models.

Railway Museum

The Railway Museum
I did a few day trips though to some popular local interest points. Though there were many more people than usual but it was not like a mad crowd where I have to wait in line for too long.

The Railway Museum
There are a few activities that you can select from and one of the them would be the train driving simulation including the steam train simulation.

The Railway Museum
I got in line for the shinkansen simulation driving and realise that most of the controls were controlled by ATC (Automatic train control)

The Railway Museum
Another sold out experience would be the train driver training class where guests are able to experience the training classes that trainees drivers would go through.

The Railway Museum
Currently there is a model train exhibition ongoing showcasing the model trains made through the years.

The Railway Museum
Almost thought this came from Batman but this would be the snow clearing trains.

The Railway Museum
There was also the train physics corner explaining why trains are built the way it is and the differences of the signals used for trains.

The Railway Museum
Extensive exhibition for the nostalgic for things used in the past for train stations and trains.

The Railway Museum
The 10 minutes model train performances was also very interesting as it showcased all in a day’s life for the trains in Japan.

The Railway Museum
Actual work station for the model trains staff.

P1150849
Extensive exhibition of the trains used during the modern day history for Japan.

The Railway Museum
Steam train whistling experience.

The Railway Museum
You also get to enter some of the trains and sit on these conserved trains to get a feel of the olden days train rides.

The Railway Museum
Walk down the history for Japan rail all the way back to their Meiji era.

The Railway Museum
ladies were still wearing kimono back in the 1920s compared to the micro skirts and shorts wore by the ladies here.

The Railway Museum
Suica started in 2001, and a check on the internet also showed that Singapore’s ezlink were also started around the same time.

Address:Japan, 埼玉県さいたま市大宮区大成町3丁目47

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: