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21 tracks of railway history

The museum’s roundhouse was built in 1954 as an engine shed for DSB and North Funen’s private railways. The roundhouse exhibition contains an impressive array of iconic engines and carriages – from the H 40 from 1869 (the oldest preserved steam engine in Denmark) to the large diesel-electric ME engine from 1981.

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The engines and carriages on display depict the development of railway history in Denmark, such as the double-decker carriage which conveyed Copenhagen residents to Dyrehaven Park north of the city in the early 1900s, the goods vans which have conveyed countless goods through Denmark, and the impressive E engine from 1950, the biggest Danish-built steam locomotive in Denmark. The items on display are impressive in terms of size, and each has its own fascinating details. From the museum’s balcony, accessible from the way out at Track 19, it is possible to get a view of the museum’s engine shop.

Come inside

History comes to life through the exhibition. At the worn-out third-class carriage, rural travellers have just arrived in Odense by train, and at the first-class saloon car, a distinguished gentleman is getting ready to depart. Railway workers are loading luggage and parcels onto a luggage van, and tables are laid for dinner in the luxurious blue Wagons-Lits dining car. Visitors are welcome to enter most of the engines and cars in the exhibition. Try sitting on one of the uncomfortable third-class benches in an old passenger car or standing in the driver’s cab of an impressive steam locomotive. 

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Outdoor area

Explore the museum’s large outdoor area. A variety of engines and carriages are always standing at Dronning Louises Station, and vintage trains frequently run on the museum’s railway track during selected school holidays. There is a small outdoor model railway next to the station where children and adults can be “engine drivers” and drive the trains. Next to the roundhouse is an actively used system made up of a coal pit and a water crane which supply the museum’s steam engines with coal and water before they are put into operation. The system provides unique insight into what it takes to get a steam engine up and running. Go to the turntable and get a sense of the characteristic curved shape of the roundhouse with its 21 gates. When you walk through the exhibition space, the building almost seems to be rectangular. Countless carriages and engines have been shunted in and out of the roundhouse using the turntable.

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Please notice: The museum frequently hosts various events in the roundhouse. This means that the position of individual engines or cars may change.