Museum of History of Baranovichy Branch of Belarusian Railways
The first ever museum of railway machinery in Belarus was set up on December 14th, 1984, on the initiative of Victor Rakhmanko, head of the Baranovichy branch of Belarusian railways. And on July 30th, 1999, a museum exposition of the machinery was opened up in a small public garden adjoining the Baranovichi - Lida mainline .
The 6 rooms of the museum, which is housed in a historical building of early 20th century, give a picture of the periods the railways in general and the Baranovichy branch, in particular, were formed and developed. On display in the museum are historical documents, photographs, on-location and three-dimensional exhibits, machinery models, a railway uniform. Looking at all these historical things, one can get an idea of how the railway transport developed in the country and what the significance of the job of a railwayman was.
The exhibits displayed at the railway machinery section include on-location machines.
At the entrance, on a pedestal, there is a model of the locomotive of “V type”, whose horn announced the beginning of a train station in Baranovichi as far back as 1871.
The oldest exhibit of the museum collection is the locomotive of EM E733-87 serial number made at the Lugansk steam-locomotive-building works.
The museum keeps a collection of locomotives of home and foreign makes, serial numbers Э, Л, ТЭ, 9Пм , and diesel locomotives of ТЭЗ, М62, ТЭП-60, ТГК-2, ТГМ-1 types. The passenger coaches of old makes also serve as exhibition rooms. They display signalling, radio-and telephone communication, electrical and water supply devices.
In 2002, samples of military equippment were added to the exposition. All visitors to the museum can see a working model of the Baranovichi railway junction, which is on display in one of the modern coaches.
Many exhibits in the museum are operative, for example, a trolley, a standpipe, etc.
Exhibition N 53° 07' 46,71" E 26° 02' 38,67"
Technology Department N 53° 07' 59,37" E 26° 02' 22,52"
Foto: Владимира ЗУЕВА, Олега ПОНОМАРЕВА