Chomutov railway depository shows off collection to public
Around one hundred historical trains, including a mid-19th century steam locomotive, have been placed on display to the public at a locomotive depot in the northern Czech town of Chomutov. It is the first time the collection has been open to the public for an extended season.
Karel Ksandr, head of the Czech Technical Museum, told Czech Radio that the exhibition offered visitors the chance to see countless unique trains:
That train is formally known as the “Lokomotiva 498.1”. Built in 1954, ten years later it achieved a speed of 162 km/h at a test circuit east of Prague near the town of Kolín, which is still in operation to this day.
Ksandr also explained how such a collection ended up in Chomutov:
“In 2012, the National Technical Museum acquired the former Czech Railways depot which existed here. Because obviously the 146 railways vehicles in our possession need to be stored somewhere, and so that is what we managed to do here in Chomutov.”
The depot is open to the public from Thursdays till Sundays right through to October. Chomutov mayor Marek Hrabáč, expressed his delight that the depot has helped to attract new visitors to his town:
“I am naturally very glad that Chomutov has gained such a tourist attraction.”