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Railway Museum: photos, description (cité du train)

Railway Museum on the outskirts of Mulhouse has the status of national and is the largest Museum in Europe dedicated to this mode of transport.

The Museum opened in 1983, although the order on its establishment, the city government took over 20 years before. In 1971 in the old depot began to receive the first exhibits - expired locomotives. Today, the total area of Museum is about 15 thousand square meters. In two buildings, one of which was built in 2005, located locomotives, locomotives and cars, which were produced and moved along the rails of France from 1844 to 1940, as well as modern high-speed models. In total the Museum has more than 110 exhibits.

Among the exhibits there are also presented the subway cars and wagons, which moved monarchs - including the Russian Emperor Nicholas II, Emperor Napoleon III and French President Charles de Gaulle. These and other exhibits can not only inspect, but also to go inside of each, sit on the sofa or bench. The cars sound recorded conversations of passengers past centuries. And on screens located on the walls of the hall show documentary films about the Railways of France, and footage of historical documentaries. For completeness of sensations the Museum also "broadcast" the smell of the railway - coal and machine oil.

The most famous composition in this collection is the train the Orient Express that ran between Paris and Istanbul. This train is described in a detective novel by Agatha Christie "murder on the Orient Express, published in 1934. There are also locomotive "Saint-Pierre" - first released in France. Year of production - 1844, and "Saint-Pierre" is recognized as the oldest locomotive of Europe. One section of the Museum devoted to the work of the Railways in the years of world wars.