The Hara Model Railway Museum opened on July 10, 2012 (Tuesday) in Yokohama, where Japan's first railway opened.
This museum is open to the public to view the world's largest collection of railroad models and railroad-related collections that Nobutaro Hara created and possessed.
The first feature of Shintaro's model trains is a collection that reproduces railway vehicles from all over the world, mainly in Japan, Europe, and the United States, when railways made remarkable progress from steam locomotives to electric locomotives. That's it. You can enjoy the world's railways while staying in Yokohama.
The second feature of Shintaro's model trains is the faithful reproduction of real trains. The model draws electricity from overhead wires and runs on iron rails with iron wheels. Above all, I would like you to pay attention to the "running sound". You can hear the same sound as the real thing with the sound of the joint of the rail. Gears, leaf springs, bearings, swaying pillows, brakes... Although you can't see it from the outside, the model running is realized by installing the technology used in real railways. The museum has prepared one of the world's largest indoor dioramas open to the public, in which a first-gauge (approximately 1/32 scale) model railroad actually runs.
Shintaro had a deep love for railways and technology, and whenever there was a technological innovation in railways, he would actually go to see it anywhere in the world, ride it, and record it on 16mm film and with a camera that was rare at the time. We will introduce some of the huge amount of railway materials, travel materials, and technical materials collected in this way at our museum. You will also be surprised that those technologies are installed in the actual model.
The numerous models and materials that Shintaro collected are valuable not only for the history of railways but also for the history of modern industry. It can also be said to be a yearning for new industries or a dream for new industries.
We are looking forward to your visit.