Museum of History of the Sakhalin Railroad

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Museum of History of the Sakhalin Railroad

Museum of History of the Sakhalin Railroad
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Andrew M
By Andrew M
Japanese and Russian Rail History exhibits
Jul 2017
We had been travelling in Asia for a few years, and our favourite method was by train. We have always been interested in train museums, and the history of trains, so this museum was a must see for us. A train is located at the north east corner of Lenin Square, and there is a monument a short walk behind the train that is dedicated to the rail history of Sakhalin. The monument is a tapered steel pole, which is erected on a grey tiled column. The monument is topped by a double headed eagle which was the symbol of the Tsarist government. The Train Museum is on the right hand side of Vokzal'naya street and the train equipment display area is on the left hand side of the street. The train museum is in a grey building with a green roof. It was closed when we visited. The opening hours are 9am-6pm Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends. It also closes for lunch between 12pm-1pm. We then walked across the road to the train equipment displays. This area is open more regularly than the museum, and can be visited separately. It is open Monday-Friday 8:50am-6:20pm, On Saturday the hours are reduced to closing at 4:50pm. It is closed on Sunday, and also closes for lunch daily between 11:30am-12:30pm..We did not pay an entry fee to view these exhibits, as the person in charge, although he didn't speak any English, was very helpful by pointing us in the direction of the main displays and taking a few photos of us in the old trains. We were particularly interested in the ancient looking Japanese tunnel borer and the snow plow. We took quite a few photos of the red and black coloured steam train which was commissioned in 1937. and located under a display that compared the height and structure of Japanese and Russian tunnel building.The Japanese did substantial rail development during their occupation 1905-1945 with 700 kilometers of rail, extending from Korsakov to Pobedino, which is near to the 50th parallel, the imaginary dividing line of Sakhalin between the Russians and Japanese in 1905. We had visited Korsakov and taken photos of the old railways, and also traveled on the overnight train from Yuhzno to Pobedino to view the many war monuments and walk the battlefield. After the Russians took over southern Sakhalin in 1945, the railways were extended to the north of the island, and totaled over 1,000 kilometers at peak. If you enjoy train travel, this museum is a must see. A visit to both sides of the road should take a maximum of 1 hour and there are many photo ops of the old equipment. Other nearby attractions include Lenin Square, the local market at the intersection of Vokzal'naya and Sakhalinskaya streets and the three parks dedicated to famous explorers on Sakhalinskaya Street. The nearby train station is worth a visit, and I would encourage you to try travelling by train in Russia, as the passengers are generally friendly and helpful, although little english is spoken.

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Andrew M
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Japanese and Russian Rail History exhibits
Jul 2017 • Family
We had been travelling in Asia for a few years, and our favourite method was by train. We have always been interested in train museums, and the history of trains, so this museum was a must see for us. A train is located at the north east corner of Lenin Square, and there is a monument a short walk behind the train that is dedicated to the rail history of Sakhalin. The monument is a tapered steel pole, which is erected on a grey tiled column. The monument is topped by a double headed eagle which was the symbol of the Tsarist government. The Train Museum is on the right hand side of Vokzal'naya street and the train equipment display area is on the left hand side of the street.

The train museum is in a grey building with a green roof. It was closed when we visited. The opening hours are 9am-6pm Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends. It also closes for lunch between 12pm-1pm. We then walked across the road to the train equipment displays. This area is open more regularly than the museum, and can be visited separately. It is open Monday-Friday 8:50am-6:20pm, On Saturday the hours are reduced to closing at 4:50pm. It is closed on Sunday, and also closes for lunch daily between 11:30am-12:30pm..We did not pay an entry fee to view these exhibits, as the person in charge, although he didn't speak any English, was very helpful by pointing us in the direction of the main displays and taking a few photos of us in the old trains.

We were particularly interested in the ancient looking Japanese tunnel borer and the snow plow. We took quite a few photos of the red and black coloured steam train which was commissioned in 1937. and located under a display that compared the height and structure of Japanese and Russian tunnel building.The Japanese did substantial rail development during their occupation 1905-1945 with 700 kilometers of rail, extending from Korsakov to Pobedino, which is near to the 50th parallel, the imaginary dividing line of Sakhalin between the Russians and Japanese in 1905. We had visited Korsakov and taken photos of the old railways, and also traveled on the overnight train from Yuhzno to Pobedino to view the many war monuments and walk the battlefield. After the Russians took over southern Sakhalin in 1945, the railways were extended to the north of the island, and totaled over 1,000 kilometers at peak.

If you enjoy train travel, this museum is a must see. A visit to both sides of the road should take a maximum of 1 hour and there are many photo ops of the old equipment. Other nearby attractions include Lenin Square, the local market at the intersection of Vokzal'naya and Sakhalinskaya streets and the three parks dedicated to famous explorers on Sakhalinskaya Street. The nearby train station is worth a visit, and I would encourage you to try travelling by train in Russia, as the passengers are generally friendly and helpful, although little english is spoken.
Written 26 January 2018
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ymt888
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia1 837 contributions
Interesting cruise ship tour
Dec 2016 • Family
My first step on Russian soil via Sun Princess cruise ship cruising Hokkaido. Sakhalin is just across North Japan. So we took the tour option and the museum is one of the stops. It is very interesting for my family to have first hand experience in Sakhalin and saw very little development as we drove through. We saw the old train on display at the street and walked around a bit on this guided tour.
Written 22 July 2017
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