The Museum's mission is to Preserve, Divulge and Promote the National Railway Heritage and it aims to be a site that will attract and develop cultural tourism thus contributing towards he economic, social and cultural development of the central part of the country.
The first exhibition hall is now open in the old warehouse in Rua Eng.º Ferreira de Mesquita.
There are three exhibitions that can be visited:
- A Look at the railways, which is dedicated to the human side of the railways. The exhibition is composed of records of the life that was, and still is, in the railways, fragments of work stories, the early rolling stock, the construction of the lines that would slowly unite the whole country, the anonymous individuals who emigrated but came back and notes about the economic situation the railways helped to build.
- Model Room, where you can admire some of the models that were made prior to building the railway stations;
- The Train turntable is another piece of railway equipment that now belongs to the Entroncamento Rail Museum. The turntable has been built on a site where the original one used to be. This part of the site was opened to the public on20 June 2008 and houses some magnificent examples of the country's rolling stock such as locomotives, shunters and carriages.
Entroncamento– The Future
The Entroncamento Rail Museum will acquire step by step and area of 4.6 hectares in Entroncamento to accomplish its task of conserving the materials, their security and exhibition space as well as service areas and work space for the employees. The design is the responsibility of the architect João Luis Carrilho da Graça.
It will take about seven years to physically build the Museum. The museum collection is composed of rail heritage from around the country and also the development of the railway, railway professions and contains some pieces that are unique in the world.
Further informations: FMNF - www.fmnf.pt