Railway Museum of Athens
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.
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 3⁄8 in) metre gauge vehicles. Exhibited rolling stock includes the following:
- 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 1⁄2 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).
- 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).
Three industrial locomotives from Eretria Chrome Mines:
- An 0-2-0T industrial 600 mm (1 ft 11 5⁄8 in) steam locomotive made by Jung (1927).
- An 0-2-0T industrial 600 mm (1 ft 11 5⁄8 in) steam locomotive made by Orenstein & Koppel (1904).
- An industrial 600 mm (1 ft 11 5⁄8 in) diesel locomotive made by Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz AG (1957).
In poor condition, the following 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 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.
- Simms, W.F. (1997). The railways of Greece. Wilfried F. Sims. pp. 86–86. ISBN 0-9528881-1-4.
- Organ, J. (2006). Greece Narrow Gauge. Middleton Press. ISBN 1-904474-72-1.
- 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.
- 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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