Exploring the Madrid Railroad Museum

 Usually when we travel, we make it a point to check out what the recommendations are for people with kids. We don’t have kids, but the activities are usually a lot of fun, suitable for anyone and cheap. That’s how we found out about a little known but fascinating museum in Madrid – the Museo del Ferrocarril or Railway Museum.

The Museo del Ferrocarril is a treasure trove of railroad history and a fascinating experience even for the complete train neophyte. We went on a Saturday when the museum is free, but even during the week the entrance fee is a very reasonable €4 Euro for adults and €2.50 for children.

This former station was built in 1880 by none other than Gustave Eiffel and saw its last active train in 1968. Now it is home to a one of the largest collections of historic European trains in the world.

Visitors get to climb over a wide variety of trains, from the most basic to the super luxurious. Also at the museum are small collections including a retrospective of Spanish railway history, a room of historic railway clocks and an amazing assemblage of model trains that will make even the most accomplished collector jealous. Finish the tour with a snack in the completely restored 1920s dining car for a feel of what railroad travel used to be like.

The Museo del Ferrocarril is very conveniently located next to the Delicias metro station and is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-3pm.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

3 thoughts on “Exploring the Madrid Railroad Museum”

  1. I simply love trains – though I travel mostly by car (and prefer this means of transportation) I love trains and their dedicated museums. Unfortunately I didn’t had the chance to visit a dedicated museum – just seen some trains in some technical museums. I want to have at home a nice (and rather big) diorama with different trains – I have only the beginning for that for the moment :) I hope I’ll visit the museum you’ve presented so well, Matt :)

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