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Bulawayo Railway Museum

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Address: Prospect Ave. and Crew Rd., Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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+263 9 362 45
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A walk into the History of Trains

A lovely place and a must to go and see the Railway Museum... it will take you through the rich history of the railways..

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Ioakeem K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely place and a must to go and see the Railway Museum... it will take you through the rich history of the railways..

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very disappointed in how run down the museum and surrounding yard area was. There are a large number of locomotives - not well kept.

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Thank Joanne A
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

I am interested in history and have always enjoyed museum. It just needs some sprucing up, but funds are short. Because of the rains, the grounds are very over grown at the moment, but you are free to wander and climb into the many trains. Wear flat shoes and trousers or shorts and go explore! The exhibits in the shed... More 

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Thank Horse91dancer
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

See the stately steam engines preserved and lovingly tended. Child friendly exhibits where the little ones can play at being an REAL engine driver Choo, choo! See the preserved coaches of Cecil John Rhodes and be transported to a bygone era. A must see in Bulawayo

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Thank 365candy
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

slightly hard to find, but if looking for somethimng to do in Bulawayo thats quick and good for kids, this is it. The moderator, Gordon, is very kind, and for $2 per adult, this is a great way to spend an afternoon. Lots of old trains to climb on and explore.

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Thank Travelmonger31
London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We were crazy enough to do a day trip of ~900 KM from Harare to Buawayo to see this museum and we were not disappointed. Bulawayo railway station has the 2nd longest platform in the world (the longest is in Paris, I think). The museum is behind the railway station and houses Cecil Rodes's carriage. Despite not having any state... More 

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Thank SalmanLondon
Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

While not a train buff I do enjoy trains and I also am very interested in history. Therefore, this is a fantastic place to combine these. The museum is surprisingly large and comprehensive. There is plenty to keep you occupied for an hour or two - or three if Gordon is there to explain the machines. He worked for 50... More 

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Thank mwesi
Harare,zimbabwe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Old carriages are available to walk through. They may be partly rotten but they still reveal ages past and you can feel the ghosts of previous occupants. Rhodes plush carriage ,made by Pulman , in the states is unique. If you are lucky, Gordon may be there to give you his in depth knowledge of 50 yrs in the railways.... More 

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Thank Peter F
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

This is a must do visit if you are a railway enthusiast - perhaps a little less interesting if you're not but if you're a photographer then the museum does offer interesting photographic opportunities in the mechanical-industrial sphere! Loads of history here concerning Zimbabwe-Zambian railway development including those wonderful mammoth Garratts alluded to in the title, as well as Cecil... More 

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Thank Norman G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

I can't say 5 stars because it's not but it really is a fascinating place to visit. From the moment I arrived and Gordon greatest me at the old railway station building it was like being transported to another era. Gordon is so passionate about his trains and is a very interesting guy to talk to. Huge collection of trains... More 

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