About the Museum
The museum is located in close proximity to the railway station Lužná u Rakovníka in the premises of a former engine shed of the Buštěhrad Railway.
The first historic vehicles were exhibited here in 1997, initially thanks to volunteer work by members of several associations concerned with railway history. In 1999 the exhibition was taken over by Czech Railways (ČD), which has been operating it as part of the Depot of Historic Vehicles (DHV) up to the present day.
How to get here
If you are travelling from Prague, the easiest way is to come by train. The museum is located in close proximity of the Lužná u Rakovníka railway station and signs mark the way from the station to the museum. Fast trains operating between Prague and Rakovník, which offer the fastest connection, leave Masaryk Railway Station every two hours and it takes them approximately one hour and twenty minutes to get to Lužná. You can search for the best connection at www.cd.cz/spojeni.
If you travel by car, you can take the E48 road from Prague to Karlovy Vary. In the direction from Prague it is good to turn off at Nové Strašecí on road no. II/237. For better orientation, signs for motorists are placed at a distance of about 5 to 10 km from the museum. If you are using a navigation system, you can enter the address or the GPS coordinates which can be found in the Contacts section.
What you will find here
The majority of visitors will most readily think of steam locomotives in connection with historic railways. These are in fact the museum’s main attraction, as there are more than thirty of them in its collection. There are specimens from various periods of railway operations, from small passenger train locomotives dating from the turn of the twentieth century to the high performance engines that saw the height and gradual decline of steam traction in the second half of the twentieth century. The majority of these locomotives are non-operational, yet their elegant construction and bulk still arouse admiration.
The Oldest Steam Locomotives
One of the museum’s latest acquisitions – locomotive 310.076 – is one of the oldest steam locomotives. It was produced in 1899 in the Austrian locomotive works in Floridsdorf and it was operated on passenger lines in the Czech lands and later in Czechoslovakia until the 1950s. From the 1970s it stood as a monument in the vicinity of the railway station in České Budějovice. It was transported to the museum in Lužná only in 2009.
Other interesting representatives of the steam era are, for example, the operational locomotive 434.1100 “Four-wheeler” from the collection of the National Technical Museum in Prague made in 1920 by Škoda Plzeň as its first locomotive. Machines of this series operated mainly on branch lines and in addition to the Škoda works they were also produced by several other Czech companies. The fact that the last of these locomotives were put out of service only in the 1970s is a testament to the quality of their construction.
One elite fast train locomotives from the interwar period is the non-operational 387.043 “Mikádo” from the collection of the National Technical Museum, which will captivate you at first sight with the diameter of its wheels, measuring almost two metres. Locomotives of this series appeared on the most prestigious long-distance services and were gradually replaced with the more modern locomotives of the 498.0 and 498.1 “Albatross” series in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
A member of the height of steam traction is, for example, tank locomotive 477.03 “Parrot” that was provided to Czechoslovak State Railways (ČSD) for suburban trains and light express trains in the mid-1950s, i.e. when electric traction was already expanding. Locomotives of this series remained in operation until almost the end of the 1970s.
We also must not forget one of the latest acquisitions, motorised steam railcar M 124.001 “Komarek” dating from 1903, which is on loan from the collection of the National Technical Museum.
TAfter almost sixty years at the National Technical Museum in Prague’s Letná quarter it was again put into operation and so became the oldest operational vehicle with steam traction in the collection of the museum in Lužná. In addition to steam locomotives the museum collection also includes representatives of diesel traction, as many of its series are already a matter of the past from the point of view of regular operation. The exhibits thus include e.g. the “Cobra” T 478.3101, the “Bumblebee” T 699.0001 and a member of the legendary Russian “Sergeis” T 679.1600.
The museum also features narrow-gauge vehicles – steam and diesel locomotives that were used for factory transport in Kladno’s metallurgy works. In addition, there are also several freight carriages, especially hoppers, flatcars for ingots, ladles for slag, and tankers. Operational locomotives and carriages modified for passenger transport are used for rides on the narrow-gauge track on the museum’s premises.
The interior of the museum houses exhibits from various branches of rail transport – the largest area is occupied by a hall focusing on the steam traction era. In addition to models, many documents, photographs, three-dimensional exhibits and various locomotive parts can be found here. Also the exhibition of signalling and communication technologies is extensive. Individual types of station signalling equipment and a cross-section of communication technology used on the railway are represented here. Signalling technologies are also demonstrated by several renovated mechanical signalling systems in the outdoor area of the museum. The operation on the railway is represented by various typical railway objects, such as a signal wand, lanterns, tickets and ticket punchers. The exhibition on track maintenance contains examples of hand tools, various types of rails and parts of railroad switches.
The area in front of the roundhouse is used for the presenting the collection of locomotives and carriages. They are positioned around the turntable and on other tracks in front of the repair hall. Technological facilities for the operation of steam locomotives have been preserved in the vicinity track connection to the railway station. In addition to a coal pile, there are also water cranes for filling locomotive tanks with water, a pit in the tracks for removing ash from locomotives and an inspection pit, as well as a renovated Teudloff coal loading elevator.
T: +420 313 537 700
Sa, Su, holidays 9.30–17.00
Tu - Su and holidays 9.30–17.00
Sa, Su, holidays 9.30–17.00
Where to find us
To the Museum by train
Did you know… ?
The first railcar was produced in the Czech lands at Tatra Kopřivnice in 1926.