Located at the south-east corner of Tiananmen Square, this centrally located branch of the China Railway Museum (also known as the Beijing Railway museum) is a space geared towards the history of locomotives in China. The museum is laid out in a timeline format, telling the story from China’s first commercial railway in 1876 to today’s modern bullet trains through a mixture of info boards (mostly in Mandarin only) and historical artefacts (descriptions in English). Everything from century-old switching posts to modern-day steel sleepers are on display.
Don’t miss The train simulator (10RMB) puts you in the cab of a modern-day high-speed train – sit behind the driver and watch the CGI scenery speed past you.
Estimated time One hour.
English provisions Not comprehensive, but decent translations and labelling.