Bulawayo Railway Museum, Bulawayo

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Learn the history of rail travel in Zimbabwe and Rhodesia at Bulawayo Railway Museum, a cultural institution with a wide range of artifacts and exhibits. Opened in 1972, the museum displays a number of old steam locomotives, with the oldest dating back to 1897, as well as more modern diesel trains. Telling the history of railroad infrastructure in the country, the exhibits include a number of models and information panels, tracing the development of the trains and tracks over more than a century. Don't miss the highlight: the personal railway coach of Cecil Rhodes, businessman, politician, and founder of the Rhodesia territory. Put Bulawayo Railway Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Bulawayo road trip planning website.
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  • The railway museum in Bulawayo is very impressive. The furnishings of a hundred-year-old railway stations with steam locomotive and locomotives of later times have been preserved thanks to the...  more »
  • What a wonderful experience. Gordon Murray is a font of railroad knowledge. Talking with him was a wonderful learning experience. Also, he remembered a couple of my brothers who were engine drivers...  more »
  • Amazing little museum tucked away in the industrial corner of Bulawayo. It's $1 entry fee and you can literally climb up into and explore more than a dozen trains. The museum entrance itself is a decommissioned train station from the 1800's. Absolutely worth a visit.
  • A really incredible museum. You can easily walk to it even if you are told its too far and must take a cab, it isn't. Admission is $2 and you get a guide book that you can purchase at the end. There are a ton of old railways that you can climb on plus the history laid out is fascinating and quite insightful. Definitely worth visiting.

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