The “Museo del Ferrocarril de Asturias” (Asturias Railway Museum) is located at a former train station at Gijon North. It dates back to the second half of the 19th century. Back then, it was open to supporting the industrial growth at Gijon with transportation. This station closed in 1990 for refurbishment. Finally, the Asturias Railway Museum opened on 23rd October 1998. Its main objective is the conservation, investigation, and promotion of the historical railway heritage in Asturias.
The main building was a train station. Nowadays, the premises host the museum entrance, as well as the administration offices, the temporary exhibition halls and also a documentation center. Vintage locomotives and wagons remain at the platforms. Some train wagons are open, thus the public can sit and experience the wooden seats.
The annex to the main building displays mock-ups in motion and telegraphs. Even more, it holds the oldest traffic light in Spain since 1924. Their conservation workshop supports the reparation and reconstruction of railway trains. Indeed, the conservation of the historical railway heritage is a main objective for the Asturias Railway Museum.
On special occasions, steam locomotives are set in motion to offer small rides on authentic steam trains within the museum’s railroad tracks. Above all, this is one of the favorite activities for adults and children.
This museum is located a few hundred meters from the seafront, and at a short walking distance from Playa de Poniente (Poniente Beach), BNFIT-Talaso (Aquatic leisure center), and Acuario de Gijón (Gijon Aquarium). For more information on the Asturias Railway Museum, visit their web page. There is a free admission on Sundays. The docking station and dedicated lane for bicycles is just around the corner. Enjoy!
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