Quite recently, and without much publicity, the Museo Nazionale Ferroviario di Pietrarsa reopened to the public. (for the English version of this webpage, click  this link once you are on the Link Page, click Our History and The museum Pietrarsa).

This large collection of steam, diesel and electric locos, carriages, rolling stock and lots lots more - housed in enormous workshops beside the sea, on a site of some 36000 m2 - documents Italy's railway history, from a replica of the country's first steam train (which ran between King Ferdinand II's villa in nearby Portici and Naples in 1839) through to some which were only recently withdrawn from service.

It's well worth a visit - especially as a relief from the more worthy historical and archaeological sites for which the area is so rightly famous! To see some pictures, search for 'Pietrarsa' and 'PBase' or try my Pietrarsa photos..

The Museum, which belongs to the Italian state railway, has its own station on the Naples/Salerno railway line. The websites for both the Naples Artecard and the FS (ferroviedellostato, to whom it belongs), currently show admission is 5 Euro, and the opening times as 08.30-13.30 Monday to Friday, but before setting off it might be best to check, by calling them on  (0039) 081 472 003.

Update: December 2009: the Museum has recently put together a more comprehensive guide - there's a link to the English version on their website, or else you can get it directly from here: