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 permitted from 2015 onwards (was prohibited in the past).
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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