In 1962, Japanese National Railways （privatized in 1987） established Ome Railway Park in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of Japanese railways. Ever since then, the park has offered many unique exhibits such as old trains preserved over years.
Eleven valuable cultural assets including the steam locomotives actually used in the early days has received special attention from the park visitors. The museum, annex to the park, also has a number of railway related exhibits for the visitors to enjoy and learn about the railway system in Japan.
For small children, the park provides play facilities including “Benkei”, a small steam locomotive that children can actually ride on.
【 Access・Information 】
Ome Railway Park is located within Nagayama Park in Ome City. About 15 min. walk from JR Ome Station on Ome Line. （Free parking available in Nagayama Park.）
【 The Collection of Ome Railway Park 】
No.110 was built by Yorkshire Engine Company in 1871(works No.164) for Imperial Government Railways (IGR). No.110 was first designated as No.10. It was one of the ten locomotives that were inported from Great Britain, and used between Tokyo (Shimbashi) - Yokohama, the first railway line in Japan started in 1872. It was withdrawn from service in 1923 and was preserved at Omiya Works. Japanese National Railways designated it a railway memorial in 1959. [Railway Memorial]
No.5540 was Beyer Peacock & Co.,Ltd. in 1897(works No.3911) for the private Nippon Railway Company to pull main line passenger trains. It was first designated by Nippon Railways as No.175. The Nippon Railway was nationalized in 1906, and the Government Railways renamed it No.5540. The Tobu Museum in Tokyo preserves a locomotive of the same type that was used by the private Tobu Railway Co.,LTD..
No.2221 was built by North British Locomotive Company in 1905 (works No.16739) for the Imperial Government Railways (IGR). This class was designed to pull freight trains but it was also used passenger trains over steep gradients. Often called "B6" following the IGR's old numbering system used before the nationalization in 1906.
No.9608 was built by Kawasaki Dockyard Co., Ltd in 1913 (works No.81) for the Government Railways(IGR). This class was the first successful domestically built freight locomotive, and 784units were built by various Japanese manufacturers between 1913 and 1926.
No.8620 was built by Kisha Seizo Co., Ltd in 1914 (works No.119) for the Government Railways. This class was the first successful domestically built main-line passenger locomotive, and 687 units were built by various Japanese manufacturers between 1914 and 1929.
C11 1 was built by Kisha Seizo Co., Ltd in 1932(works No.1174) by the Government Railways(JGR). This class was a light-weight tank locomotive designed for short-distance passenger and freight duties on rural lines. It was often used for shunting. Four surviving units of this type are serving various Japanese operators by hauling excursion trains.
ED16 1 was built by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd in 1931(works No.106) for the Government Railways. It was one of Japanese-built first-generation electric locomotives, and its last duty was freight services on Ome and Nanbu lines in the suburbs of Tokyo. It was withdrawn from service in 1980. Japanese National Railways designated it as a Grade-2 railway memorial. [Grade-2 railway Memorial]
E10 2 was built by Kisha Seizo Co., Ltd in 1948(works No.2446) for the Government Railways, which was reorganized at Japanese National Railways(JNR) in 1949. This class was the last steam locomotive built for the stateowned railway system in Japan. It was the one of the most powerful steam locomotives in Japan mainly used on steeply graded main lines.
D51 452 was built by Kisha Seizo Co., Ltd in 1940 (works No.1871) for the Government Railways. The Class D51 was developed for heavy freight haulage on trunk lines. Various manufactures including the Government Railways' major workshops manufactured 1,115 units between 1936 and 1945. Nicknamed "DE-GO-ICHI"(a corrupt Japanese pronunciation for D51), the Class D51 was probably the most popular steam Locomotive in Japan. One surviving unit is kept in working order by East Japan Railway Company, occasionally hauling excursion trains in Eastern Honshu.
22-75 was built by Kisha Seizo Co., Ltd in 1969 for Japanese National Railways. The Series Zero EMU was the first-generation bullet train that was used when Tokaido Shinkansen was started in 1964 between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka as the world's first dedicated high-speed railway. A total of 3,216 Series 0 cars were built between 1964 and 1986.
【 Museum Information 】
The museum has many railway-related exhibits, including various detailed train models. Specially remarkable is the panoramic miniature railway with lifelike model trains such as famous Bullet Train and other trains running around.
Shop on the 1st floor sells souvenirs, toys and commemorative gifts. Play corner is on the 2nd floor, and observation deck and some fun rides are on the rooftop.