Railway Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
I spend a fair bit of time on trains. I feel like I’ve seen a lot of them. And I’ve heard a lot of them.
The soothing buh-dum buh-dum of the European trains that wind their way past forests and through tunnels…
The futuristic hum of the Japanese trains that shoot past small towns on their mission to the big cities…
The sound of crazy as men talk to themselves and rustle brown paper bags on the American trains…
And the crashing ja-jang of the trains in Myanmar that throw passengers and bags about so hard you have to hang on.
But I had never heard much about the Dutch trains.
The Netherlands is better known for their boats – those that traditionally glide along the canals of the major cities, and those that once sailed across oceans to expand the empire.
But these days it’s the trains which transport people across the country and out to the rest of Europe. The railways have a long history, albeit one that doesn’t immediately come to mind.
In the Dutch city of Utrecht, a museum tells the story of the trains of The Netherlands. What started as a small exhibition in 1927 has grown into a large interactive experience that welcomes more than 350,000 visitors a year.
An old station called Maliebaan was initially converted for the museum but over the years it has been restored to its original style and the exhibits have spread out over a huge area behind it.
This very modern museum has rides, shows, restaurants… oh, and lots and lots of trains. It would not be hard for a family to spend half a day here with some children and I’m sure that’s what a lot of the local Utrecht residents were doing on the afternoon I visited.
I mean, it has a rollercoaster that takes you through the history of trains – how cool is that?!
The Railway Museum in Utrecht is also an extremely photogenic place. I would like to share with you some photos I took there so you can get a sense of it for yourself.
Time Travel Turtle was a guest of Visit Utrecht but the opinions, over-written descriptions and bad jokes are his own.