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Visiting The Spoorwegmuseum

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Today, I visited the Spoorwegmuseum, which literally translates to Railway Museum. As you can imagine, many historical wagons πŸšƒ and locomotives πŸš‚. This is among my all-time favorite museums. Last year, when I visited for the first time, I forgot my camera. In addition, I did not manage to visit everything. Now, I was back and with a camera and more time.

In this post, I will share with you some of the information of the museum, as well as some of the pictures I took there. Bear in mind, I’m not going into a lot of technical information, as I also do not know a lot about it. However, I still love trains πŸš….

The Spoorwegmuseum is located in Utrecht, in The Netherlands πŸ‡³πŸ‡±. Not only is it easily reachable by train, but it also has its own station. I did not know this the first time visiting. The museum is its own station, Utrecht Maliebaan. Every hour, there is a special service train from NS departing from Utrecht Centraal to Utrecht Maliebaan.

Utrecht Maliebaan, The Spoorwegmuseum
Utrecht Maliebaan, The Spoorwegmuseum

With the perfect planning, leaving from Eindhoven Centraal, we only had a 10 minute overlay in Utrecht Centraal. Then, we got into a very interesting 18 minute train journey to Utrecht Maliebaan, the museum. You may wonder why is it interesting? It uses a regular NS Sprinter. That’s not interesting, but the trajectory it takes.

There is no direct connection between Utrecht Centraal and Utrecht Maliebaan. Therefore, the train has to stop in the middle of the tracks, the driver walks from the now back of the train to the front, and then drives it into the opposite direction, getting into the right line. Let me show you in a map.

Train Trajectory From Utrecht Centraal to Utrecht Maliebaan
Train Trajectory From Utrecht Centraal to Utrecht Maliebaan

To go from A, Utrecht Centraal, to B, Utrecht Maliebaan, the train has to stop for a few minutes in R and reverse in order to change into the right line. As far as I understood, the only regular service in the line from R to B is the NS Sprinter that brings visitors to the museum and back to the central station. This train only operates during the museum’s working hours.

Inside the museum, there is a variety of things you can do. We started by taking a look at the trains. Below you can find a collection of some photos of my favorite train heads today. These are all minimally “recent” trains from the last century.

NS 20
NS 273
NS 51
NS 2498
NS 386
NS 1125

Now, I leave you with an assortment of train pictures that are not just heads. Now we have all kinds of pictures, from locomotives, to wagons, and even some interior pictures. Depends on the train. I will not be sharing all the pictures, of course. I hope one day you visit and I don’t want to completely spoil the experience.

NS mP 3031
NS 20
NS 673
SS C 723 Woman's Only Wagon Entrance
SS 326
NS 1501
3rd Class Wagon
SS C 723
NS 137

Besides seeing old trains, and entering some of them, such as the royal family train, there is a myriad of other activities you can do at the museum, and a bunch of eating places too. In addition, there’s even a theatre, which is probably the only thing I haven’t visited inside the museum.

Overview of Some Trains

Among these activities is the Stalen Monsters (Steal Monsters) ride, De Vuurproef (Trial By Fire) and De Grote Ontdekking (The Great Discovery). Each one offers you a different kind of thing with its uniqueness and greatness. From a thrilling ride where you go even under a train, to a traveling back to the reconstruction of a town in 1839. Here’s some unrelated pictures that I took at the museum:

Destination Signs
Aesthetic Desk

Before leaving, we passed by the museum’s shop and I might’ve gotten too excited and got a new cap 🧒, some magnets 🧲, some socks 🧦, and a book about all the trains in the museum. The book is, of course, in Dutch, so that’ll be a fun reading!

Goodies I bought

And we’re reaching the end of this post. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did enjoy writing it! When you write about something that you liked, time passes by very quickly. If you enjoy trains, I definitely recommend this museum in case you visit The Netherlands!