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“Good day out” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cite du Train

Cite du Train
2 rue Alfred de Glehn, 68200 Mulhouse, France
+33 (0)3 89 42 83 33
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Mulhouse
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Since 10th March 2005, the Cité du Train has been offering a dynamic tour due to the redevelopment of the collections.In a building with multi-coloured façades, a tour designed in the form of a 6000m² film set takes visitors on a voyage of discovery through one of the most prestigious European train collections.Spectacular scenography, constantly changing events, audiovisual montages and sound and light shows take young and old alike to the very heart of the great railway adventure.
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“Good day out”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012 via mobile

Mulhouse is a horrible city with little to offer,but this museum offers plenty of things to do in terms of railway nostalgia. However,it's no where near as good as the national railway museum in York,UK.

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“Worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Mulhouse is, in my opinion, a drab post-industrial town with its best days behind it. However, the French Railway Museum and the National Auto Museum make a visit worthwhile. The museum is well designed a traces the history and developement of rail from the earliest days to the present. The locomotives and rolling stock are a joy to behold. Even my wife enjoyed the afternoon. I'll compare to the British RR Museum in York, UK next year. If you are half-way interested in rail you will enjoy this museum.

Visited September 2012
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“Extensive collection of engines and train cars”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Your museum visit will probably begin in the area where they have restored passenger compartments & recordings to bring the train travel experience to life. This is very well done, but don't exhaust yourself before you get to the even larger exhibit of engines. Unbelievably extensive display of train engines throughout the decades.

Visited October 2012
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“Railway funs will find here everything”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

This is a good museum for railway funs. A lot of different models are on display, many of them can be viewed from inside. The audio guide is quite interesting but sometimes it is hard to make it work. We really enjoyed the visit, even people less affectionate for locomotives will enjoy it.

Visited November 2011
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“The Golden Years of Rail Travel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

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.

Visited August 2012
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