The Hara Model Railway Museum
This museum was produced and owned by Nobutaro Hara, a world-renowned model railroad maker and collector.The huge railway model, which is said to be the best in the world, and railway-related collections are open to the public.
The first feature of Nobutaro's model railroad is from steam locomotives to electric locomotives.It is a collection that reproduces railway vehicles from all over the world, mainly in Japan, Europe, and the United States,when railways have made remarkable progress. You can enjoy the world's railways while you are in Yokohama.
The second feature of Nobutaro's model railroad is that it faithfully reproduces a real railroad car.The model draws electricity from the overhead wire and runs on iron rails with iron wheels.
Of particular note is the "running noise". The sound of the joints of the rails squeaks, and you can hear the same sound as the real thing.Gears, leaf springs, bearings, swaying pillows, brakes ... Although it is not visible from the outside,it is a model run realized by incorporating the technology used in real railways.At this museum, the model railroad of the first gauge (scale about 1/32) actually runs,We have prepared the world's largest diorama as an indoor facility that is open to the public.
Nobutaro loves railways and technology, and says that there is technological innovation in railways.He actually went to see it anywhere in the world, boarded it, and put it on a camera and 16mm film, which was rare at the time.The museum will also introduce some of the vast amount of railway materials, travel materials, and technical materials collected in this way.You will also be surprised that those technologies are installed in the actual model.
The models and materials collected by Nobutaro are valuable not only for railway history but also for modern industrial history.It can be said to be the "dream of travel," "longing for a strange world," and "dream of a new industry"brought about by the "advanced technology of that era" of railways.We look forward to your visit.
NameHara Model Railway Museum
Opening dateJuly 10, 2012
Floor spaceApprox. 1,700m²
Exhibit spaceApprox. 1,200m²
Total cars in collectionApprox. 1,500
Gauge one diorama areaApprox. 310m²