Railway Museum of Athens

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Museum front building
Couillet 0-6-0T locomotive A-5.
Couillet 2-6-0T locomotive Γ-211.

The Railway Museum of Athens, Greece, was founded by the Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE) in 1978. It is currently located at 4 Siokou Street, next to the mainline from Athens to Inoi. The museum has a collection of items related to the history of rail transport in Greece, many of them exhibited in its five rooms. The museum is open daily from 09:00 to 13:00 except Mondays, and is also open on Wednesday evenings from 17:00 to 20:00. Admission is free. Photography in the museum is prohibited.

Notable exhibits[edit]

The museum has very limited space. The rolling stock collection is exhibited in Hall B and consists mainly of 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge vehicles. Exhibited rolling stock includes the following:[1][2][3]

Hall B[edit]

  • Krauss 0-4-0T metre gauge steam locomotive 4, Tiryns (1884).
  • Couillet 0-6-0T metre gauge steam locomotive A-5, Messolongion, of the former Northeastern Greece Railways (1888).
  • Couillet 2-6-0T metre gauge steam locomotive Γ-211 (1890).
  • 2-6-0 metre gauge locomotive Z-7505 of SPAP, Societé Alscacienne de Constructions Mechaniques Grafenstaden (1890).
  • Cail 0-6-2RT 750 mm (2 ft 5 12 in) steam locomotive no 4 of Diakofto Kalavrita Railway (1899) with ΔΚ-111 3rd class passenger coach.
  • Β 151 2-4-0 metre gauge steam locomotive made by Henschel & Sohn, Cassel, S/N 11135 (1912).
  • Εα 204 Batignolles 2-6-0T standard gauge steam locomotive (1903), converted to a snowplough.
  • Royal saloon (standard gauge) of Athens-Piraeus Railway. Built at Piraeus Works of Athens & Piraeus Railway (predecessor of EIS and ISAP) as a gift to King George I for the 25 anniversary of his reign. It was first exhibited at the Olympia International Exhibition of Athens (1888).[4]
  • Open coach (standard gauge), a present of Oriental Railways to Sultan Abdul Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.
  • MAN/EIS standard gauge tram vehicle 63 of the former Piraeus Harbour Tram (1935) of Hellenic Electric Railways S.A. (EIS).

Sidewalk[edit]

Three industrial locomotives from Eretria Chrome Mines:

  • An 0-2-0T industrial 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) steam locomotive made by Jung (1927).
  • An 0-2-0T industrial 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) steam locomotive made by Orenstein & Koppel (1904).
  • An industrial 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) diesel locomotive made by Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz AG (1957).

Backyard[edit]

Overhead line maintenance vehicle of Piraeus Harbour tram

In poor condition, the following 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) EIS/ISAP rolling stock is in oper air storage awaiting renovation:

  • Tram car EIS 54 of Piraeus Harbour tram.
  • EIS 59 overhead line maintenance vehicle of Piraeus Harbour Tram.
  • EIS 31 Goossens steeple-cab electric locomotive.
  • EIS 501A trailer for first generation EMU.
  • An electric railcar of Piraeus-Perama light railway.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simms, W.F. (1997). The railways of Greece. Wilfried F. Sims. pp. 86–86. ISBN 0-9528881-1-4. 
  2. ^ Organ, J. (2006). Greece Narrow Gauge. Middleton Press. ISBN 1-904474-72-1. 
  3. ^ Handrinos G. and Papadimitriou L. (December 2009). "The Railway Museum: present and future (Greek: Το Σιδηροδρομικό Μουσείο: Παρόν και Μέλλον)". Sidirotrohia (in Greek) (Friends of Railway Society) (36): 28–37. 
  4. ^ 130 Χρόνια Ηλεκτρικοί Σιδηρόδρομοι Αθηνών-Πειραιώς Α.Ε. (130 years of Athens-Piraeus electric railways). ISAP. 1999–2005. p. 27. ISBN 960-86477-0-3. 

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Coordinates: 38°00′35.3″N 23°43′14.3″E / 38.009806°N 23.720639°E / 38.009806; 23.720639