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Opening in 2016, Kyoto Railway Museum is a modern makeover of the old Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum that opened in 1972. Short bus ride from Kyoto Station.
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First you see a semi-indoor display of a few trains.
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80 series EMU car KuHa 86001
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First-generation 0 Series shinkansen.
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The museum's main highlight is the Umekoji steam locomotives on a roundabout or roundhouse next to a turntable.
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This is probably the most steam locomotives you'll ever see in Japan. Some or most of them still run.
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Turntable to direct the locomotives to the desired track and direction.
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This must be Japan's largest collection of steam locomotives on diplay.
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Old steam locomotive for the Imperial family.
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Cleaning a steam locomotive.
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Empty hangar for a steam locomotive.
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Inside the rear of the round house.
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Kita Biwako steam locomotive
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Ride on a real steam locomotive for a low fare.
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This real steam locomotive offers rides a few times a day.
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The SL Steam runs every 15 or 30 min. from 11 am to 3:30 pm. Fare is ¥300.
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Passenger car of the steam locomotive train.
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The ride is only 10 min. roundtrip and the train travels for only 1 km.
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Friendly workers wave to passengers riding on the steam locomotive train.
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Inside Nijo Station that was moved here. Now the museum gift shop.
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Nijo Station reconstructed here.
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Steam locomotive repair shop.
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Back to the Promenade area near the entrance with the 0 Series shinkansen.
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The classic and iconic "Bullet Train."
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The first shinkansen "Green Car" 1st class car.
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Inside the first shinkansen "Green Car" 1st class car.
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Another 0 Series shinkansen whose cockpit was open to the public.
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Inside the 0 Series shinkansen driver's cockpit.
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0 Series shinkansen driver's cockpit.
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0 Series shinkansen driver's seat.
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80 series EMU car KuHa 86001
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Sleeper train
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Inside a sleeper train.
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Sleeper train dining car
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Sleeper train dining car
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Blue Train dining car
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Osaka Loop Line train
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Inside Osaka Loop Line train
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EF58 150 (left) and EF81 103 (right) locomotives for sleeper trains, Twilight Plaza Zone.
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EF58 150 (left) and EF81 103 (right) locomotives for sleeper trains, Twilight Plaza Zone.
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Main Hall
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500 Series shinkansen
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"Raicho" Tokkyu Limited Express, KUHA489
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JNR for Japan National Railways
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100 series shinkansen, 2nd generation with the slit headlights and pointy look.
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100 series shinkansen
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Train kiosk from the good old days (1950s-60s).
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Inside kiosk.
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Kiosk owner's space.
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Ice cream
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Red pay phone was very common in Japan, now virtually extinct.
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Reconstructed rural train station from the good old days (1950s-60s). Named "Showa-no-Eki Station."
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Inside Showa-no-Eki Station.
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Showa-no-Eki Station gate to platform.
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Showa-no-Eki Station platform.
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For train mechanics.
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Daihatsu three-wheeler car
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"Twilight Express" Sleeper train for Sapporo
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Second floor of Kyoto Railway Museum
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Kids' playroom on 2nd floor
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Shinkansen traffic control center.
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Train schedules
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Train simulators
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Train diorama
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Train nameplates put on the front of the train.
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Many artifacts on display on both the 1st and 2nd floors of t he Main Hall.
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Old train tickets
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Farewell JNR in 1987.
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