About History – The First Children’s Railway in the World

The first children’s railway in the world was opened in Tbilisi, Georgia on 24th July, 1935. Operating on a 1.2 km track, it was a narrow-gauge railway, complete with real wagons and locomotives.

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Steam locomotive 159-205 Photo by M.Kuryshev

Steam locomotive 159-205 Photo by M.Kuryshev

The railway was operated by schoolchildren aged 9-15 years old who, under supervision of the adult instructors, drove trains, worked as traffic controllers, assistants to station-masters, guards and conductors.

Steam locomotive 159-205. Photo from T. Altbergs's private archive. 1960s - 1970s.

Steam locomotive 159-205. Photo from T. Altbergs’s private archive. 1960s – 1970s.

Train on the Pioneri station in Tbilisi. Photo by P. Strelkov. 1986

Train on the Pioneri station in Tbilisi. Photo by P. Strelkov. 1986

Steam locomotive 159-205 and diesel locomotive TU3-035 in Tbilisi. Photo by V.Mironov. 1982

Steam locomotive 159-205 and diesel locomotive TU3-035 in Tbilisi. Photo by V.Mironov. 1982

One of the original steam locomotives is exhibited near the entrance to Mushtaidi Park in Tbilisi. A plate on the cab reads in Georgian script “first steam locomotive in the world on a children’s railway in Tbilisi, 1935″.

Steam Locomotive in Mushtaidi Park Tbilisi

The first children’s railway in the world!

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3 Responses to “About History – The First Children’s Railway in the World”
  1. Anna Lokhvitskaya says:

    My father and his friends, being kids, took part in the construction of the railway.

  2. svooda says:

    More I am getting ready for my trip to Georgia, more I realise that the 3 weeks won’t be enough :).

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