Cité du Train
Train City in Mulhouse, is the largest railway museum in Europe. It contains a very impressive collection of locomotives, cars, wagons and vans of all kinds. Train City is an integral part of French and Alsatian cultural heritage, and is one of the major assets of the cultural landscape of Mulhouse.
A national railway museum
The French Railway Museum was founded in Mulhouse in 1971 by two enthusiasts from the SNCF equipment and traction board, who used engines stored in an old depot of Chalon-sur-Saône. For several years they had been storing away some of the gems of French railway heritage with the aim of opening a national museum. The French Railway Museum later became part of a major renovation program aimed at improving the design of its exhibitions, and better responding to visitors' expectations. Today, the Museum has become Train City, a completely redesigned and modernized space.
An impressive and historic collection
Train City has an invaluable and unique collection of railway engines from all eras, retracing the history of French railways. More than a hundred steam locomotives, both electrical and thermal, as well as cars, vans, turbotrains and railcars, are all visible by the general public. The engines are highlighted by original light and sound shows that are arranged by theme. Authentic historical railway masterpieces, such as Buddicom 1844, the Pacific Chapelon 3.1192, PR1 or even the "Presidential" Bugatti railcar make Train City a railway heritage.