The "Cite du Rail" as it is now called is a treasure trove of historic equipment displayed in varfious historic contexts such as the very early days, the great steam locomotives of the 30's, the War years, electric record holders, and the never to be equalled TEE trains which have now been replaced by all the look-alike and soul-less TGV's, Eurostars, etc.
Amazing items include Napoleon III's Imperial coach, De Gaulle's Presidential car, old double-deck equipment from the Ceinture in Paris, a stylish Bugatti rail-car, classic CIWL Pullmans; and for Parisians, a Sprague-Thomson metro car that has a video loop projected onto the motorman's
front window of travel on a metro line. This is so realistic with sound-track and dimmed lights that you feel the car sway and grind along the route while perfectly still on its museum siding...
An American Marshall Plan 2-8-2 represents the 1,340 engines sent to France from the U.S. and Canada after the War; and the two SNCF electric record-holders of 1955 have now been re-united. The speed record of 3331 kph/206 mph by a standard engine with three coaches on a regular line has never been equalled to this day. They are beautifully displayed in two-tone green and chrome.
Very educational and worth at least 3 to 4 hours of time to visit. As a previous commentator remarked, there is next to nothing visible outside, whereas in the past there were some excellent displays of signals, signal boxes and crossings, and some engines and cars. On the plus side, this means that all the above is stored protected from the weather- but unfortunately, not on public display at this time. In any case, very much worth a visit. There is an excellent "Mistral" snack bar type restaurant within the museum as well as a fascinating souvenir/book and video shop. Access to the Museum is easy and painless via the Mulhouse tram system from the center of town.
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