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Museums and Theme Parks
- Kyōto Railway Museum, by Charles Rudd
Charles recently paid a visit to the new Kyōto Railway Museum, built on
the site of the Umekōji Steam Engine Museum and combing the collections
of both the Umekōji Museum and the now closed Modern Transportation
Museum formerly in Bentenchō, Ōsaka in a greatly modernised facility.
- Nagoya City Tram and
Nagoya once boasted a 108 kms tram network, with 415 cars operating 26
routes. Anthony Robins briefly introduces exhibits of the museum and
background of the tram and subway of Nagoya.
- Kaya Steam Locomotive
Square (Kaya SL Hiroba), by Anthony Robins
An introductory report of an interesting outdoor railway museum
exhibiting fine antique railway equipment.
- Usui Pass Revisited,
by Naoaki Okada
A report of a visit to the rail theme park, Usui Pass Railway Monument
Park, newly opened at Yokokawa in April 1999.
- About Umekōji Steam Engine Museum,
by Anthony Robins and Hiroshi Naito
Roundhouse in Kyōto used to be a major engine depot on the
heavily operated Tokaido main line, but now serves as a steam engine
museum. With a large steam collection covering almost all classes built
just after Japan's modern steam era had begun, the museum offers a good
oppotunity to learn about Japanese steam engine heritage. The museum
has now been modernised and renamed as the Kyōto Railway Museum and
combines the collection of this museum with that from the former Modern
Transportation Museum in Bentenchō, Ōsaka in a greatly modernised
- Sakuma Rail Park (Now Closed).
Description of the former JR Tokai Museum, now closed and replaced by
the 'SCMAGLEV and Railway Park'. By Anthony Robins.
- American Steam Engines
Waipahu and Virginia at Nikkō, by Hiroshi Naito
classical American steam engines are spending the rest of their days at
the Western Village in Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture Japan.
Transportation Museum (now closed), by Tony Atkins
Brief description of the former JR East museum near Ochanomizu.
Modern Transportation Museum (now closed),
by Tony Atkins
of the former JR West museum in Bentenchō. This museum has now closed
and has been merged with the Umekōji roundhouse and reopened as the
Kyōto Railway Museum in a modernised facility on the Umekōji museum
Railway and Museum, by Tony Atkins
The most famous steam operated railway in Japan.
Railway Museum, Mojikō, by Tony Atkins
JR Kyūshū's museum.
Railway Museum, by Tony Atkins
Museum of the Kantō region's largest private railway.
Railway Museum, Hikone, by Tony Atkins
Museum of Seibu's sister railway in Shiga Prefecture.
& Piano Museum
Open Air Architechture Museum, by Tony Atkins
- Hiroshima City Transport Museum
City Transport Museum
- Chichibu Railway Rolling Stock
Train and Bus Museum
Museum of Private Operator of railways and bus routes in West Tōkyō
& Kanagawa prefecture.
- Hokkaidō Railway Technical Hall
list of Smaller Museums