The Madrid Railway Museum (Museo del Ferrocarril) opened in 1984. It is located in the former station of ‘Delicias’, which was inaugurated in 1880. Today it is celebrating its 30th anniversary!!! congratulations!! To celebrate this anniversary today they offer a open door day with free entrance!!
The Museum offers the visitor a wide collection of vintage rolling stock. The station’s Central Hall houses several locomotives and passenger coaches, which illustrate the development of traction (steam, electric and diesel) and let you have an insight into the different conditions in which passengers travelled on these trains.
Both sides of this central area open on to several themed exhibit rooms devoted to old station clocks, model railways –featuring working scale models– and railway infrastructure, where basic constituent elements, such as the track, are explained. On the outer tracks you can find the museum’s cafeteria, installed in a 1930 restaurant coach.
The Museum organizes numerous activities and offers the opportunity to travel between Madrid and Aranjuez on an authentic vintage train, the Strawberry Train (Tren de la Fresa), during the spring and autumn months (till October 27th). It also hosts various temporary exhibitions and offers a wide range activities aimed at children and families, such as educational workshops and theater performances, concerts, guided tours as well as a model railway flea market on the first Sunday of every month.
Don’t miss, every Sunday, from 11.30 to 2.00pm, in the backyard of the museum, the chance of riding the “garden trains”. A wide selection of real and genuine steam, electric and diesel engines, but on scale, wonderful for kids and for everyone who feels inside the kid he once was playing with trains !!
Where: Pº. de las Delicias, 61. 28045 Madrid
When: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed: every Monday and closed August 12th till 30th.
More info: http://www.museodelferrocarril.org/