Cuckoo (in Russian - Kukushka) is a small steam locomotive or train on a narrow gauge railway
First appearing at Altai mines in the 18th century, narrow gauge railways quickly spread all over Russia. They were built by private entrepreneurs, joint stock companies and the state to service factories, connect remote settlements and provide reliable transportation where there was no other practical means of communication. The Cuckoos worked in industry and agriculture, fought at the battlefields of two World wars, helped build the communist state and develop virgin land. However, by the end of the 20th century, narrow gauge railways have all but disappeared from the map of Russian motherland. New methods of economic management, social reasons and the rise of the lorry all contributed to the rapid decline.
Throughout the world, narrow gauge railways are supported by thousands of enthusiasts. They are preserved and restored, museums and tourist railway lines are opened.
In Russia, one of the few places where the world of the narrow gauge is preserved, was created in 1990 with the opening of Pereslavl Railway Museum. The museum has a large number of exhibits, many of which are unique. The collection presents the whole variety of the narrow gauge, but the uniqueness of the museum is that it is a small railway in itself. Only here can you experience the connection between historic equipment and natural environment. So open this for yourself - welcome to the world of Cuckoos!
The museum is open Wednesday - Sunday 10-00 - 18-00. Monday - Tuesday
the museum is closed.