¿Te gustan los trenes? Ven al Museo del Ferrocarril
Can you imagine travelling on a real journey on an early-20th-century train from Madrid to Aranjuez? You can actually do this thanks to the legendary Strawberry Train, El Tren de la Fresa. It leaves the Railway Museum, the Museo del Ferrocarril, at 10.00am and returns from Aranjuez at 6.00pm. The price includes the historical value of travelling on such a machine, and it costs 29.90€ for adults and 14.95€ for children.
However, to immerse yourself in the picturesque world of trains you do not necessarily need to board one, since you can discover it at the Railway Museum itself, in the heart of the Arganzuela district. Located in the old Delicias station, which reminisces of the old steelwork stations like Gare Saint-Lazare in Paris, it contains an interesting collection of old locomotives.
One of them is called La Confederación, a steam locomotive that used to be state-of-the-art technology reaching speeds of 87 mph. You can also see more modern locomotives ones that ran on electricity or diesel or even the classic Talgo trains.
Another interesting place is the Clock Room, a reference of punctuality back in the day for towns with railway stations, whose inhabitants knew about the exactitude of these clocks that were bought from the best European clockmakers.
It is a recommended visit for all train lovers and newcomers on this subject, with general entrance costing 6 euros, which can be complemented with a visit to the Mercado de Motores -with roaming dates-, the most famous and popular vintage market in Madrid. It takes place inside the station itself and you can find many antiques and all kinds of items that combine with live performances and a space where you can have a few beers and a bite to eat in a hipster-like atmosphere.
It is a plan that is off the tourist trail but by no means less interesting for train and history lovers. If you stay in our 4-star hotel in Madrid, you can get there in a short metro ride to Delicias station on Line 3.
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