The SCMAGLEV and Railway Park is the Railway museum situated at the port of Nagoya. It was opened in 2011 by the Japan Central railways. The museum exhibits lot of train models of Japan. It includes the steam locomotives of ancient times to the most modern high speed Shinkansen and the latest Maglev (magnetic levitating) trains. It is an interesting place to visit for everyone who loves watching trains. Also this museum is knowledge worthy area for those who like to learn more about the history of the train and the Japanese railway. Moreover, the working of various parts of the train is explained here. The evolution of the various train models displayed in this museum explains the fast growing technology of Japan and the current status of the Japan railway. The train models of future Japanese railway are also displayed here that gives more hopes to tomorrow’s high speed transportation.
The museum has two floors of exhibits. The lower floor has a number of train models displayed with explanations including their name and other details. The ever first models of Japanese train, the more advanced models later evolved and those models that are currently in service are all displayed in this area. Anyway, the high speed bullet trains or the Shinkanzen are the centre of attraction. Different models of the Shinkanzen starting from the early models to the most modern ones could be seen displayed here. The high speed model of Shinkanzen with a record speed of 443kmph as on 26th July 1996 is also displayed there.
The cute shapes of some Shinkanzens are really impressive. The yellow coloured Dr.Yellow model of train is another important attraction of this area. The visitors can get inside and walk in most of the train car models. There are around 40 train cars displayed here. Also, the exhibits of the train technology are included. Different parts of the trains are displayed separately and exhibits are conducted at fixed timings to explain the working of these train parts like the pantograph of today’s electric train. Trains equipped with luxurious dining halls like the interior of a huge hotel and big kitchens with all arrangements inside it are another part of attraction.
The section dedicated to the SCMAGLEV (Super Conducting Magnetic Levitating) trains explains the peculiarity of the Magnetic levitating trains of future days and about the plan of Japan railways in constructing a Maglev link between Tokyo and Osaka. The replica of the Maglev train model is also displayed here inside which visitors could enter and watch. There are explanations about the working technology of the magnetic levitation trains with videos and pictures.
The second floor of the museum helps us to understand, enjoy and learn a lot about the trains. It is not only an area to gain knowledge about the train technology and other details, but also it is a corner of fun also. Children can play interesting games and understand more about the rail transportation in this area. The train simulators displayed in the simulation room could be operated by the visitors and could experience the simulation of the bullet trains, maglevs, and other type of trains. There is a train crew simulator which explains the duties of a train conductor such as showing various signals, opening and closing of the train doors etc.
Another important attraction is a rail path model of great cities of Japan like Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Hiroshima in which small train models are running through recreated rail paths. This is the largest railway model of this kind in Japan. The model clearly recreated the stations and surroundings of every city with rails and trains. This is really an amazing view of the railway and the major Japanese cities in its miniature form.
The various exhibits, explanations and opportunity of train simulation will be a nice experience for everyone who visits this museum. You will feel more attached to the trains and the Japanese rail transportation system after knowing the details regarding it.