Children's railway
A children's railway is an extracurricular educational institution, where teenagers learn railway
Rail transport
Rail transport is a means of conveyance of passengers and goods by way of wheeled vehicles running on rail tracks. In contrast to road transport, where vehicles merely run on a prepared surface, rail vehicles are also directionally guided by the tracks they run on...

 professions. This phenomenon originated in the USSR
Soviet Union
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 and was greatly developed in Soviet times. The world's first children's railway was opened Moscow
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, in Gorky Park
Gorky Park (Moscow)
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 in 1932. At the breakup of the USSR, 52 children's railways existed in the country.

Many children's railways are still functioning in post-Soviet states and Eastern European countries. Examples include a children's railway in Minsk, one in Yaroslavl
Yaroslavl is a city and the administrative center of Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, located northeast of Moscow. The historical part of the city, a World Heritage Site, is located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl Rivers. It is one of the Golden Ring cities, a group of historic cities...

 and many other cities.

List of children's railways

There are children's railways situated in following cities:

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  • Berliner Parkeisenbahn, Berlin
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    , Wuhlheide
  • Bernburg, Krumbholzallee
  • Chemnitz
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    , Küchwald
  • Cottbus
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     Eliaspark - Fürst-Pückler-Park Branitz
  • Crispendorf, Ferienland
  • Dresdner Parkeisenbahn
    Dresdner Parkeisenbahn
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    , Dresden
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    , Großer Garten
  • Gera
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    , Tierpark
  • Görlitz
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    , An der Landskronbrauerei
  • Halle, Saxony-Anhalt
    Halle, Saxony-Anhalt
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    , Peißnitzinsel
  • Leipziger Parkeisenbahn
    Leipziger Parkeisenbahn
    The Leipziger Parkeisenbahn is a minimum gauge railway in Leipzig, Germany. The line is also known as the Parkeisenbahn Auensee....

    , Leipzig-Wahren, Auensee
  • Magdeburg
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    , Rotehornpark, until 1967
  • Plauen
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    , Syratal
  • Vatterode, Vatteröder Teich, out of operation

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  • Silesian Culture and Recreation Park, Chorzów
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  • Park Railway Maltanka
    Park Railway Maltanka
    The Park Railway Maltanka is a narrow gauge railway located in Poznań. It is long and is owned by Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne w Poznaniu Sp. z o.o....

     in Poznań
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     (now run by the city)

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  • Dnipropetrovsk
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  • Donetsk
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  • Kharkiv
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  • Kiev
    Kiev or Kyiv is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River. The population as of the 2001 census was 2,611,300. However, higher numbers have been cited in the press....

  • Lutsk
    Lutsk is a city located by the Styr River in northwestern Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Volyn Oblast and the administrative center of the surrounding Lutskyi Raion within the oblast...

  • Lviv
    Lviv is a city in western Ukraine. The city is regarded as one of the main cultural centres of today's Ukraine and historically has also been a major Polish and Jewish cultural center, as Poles and Jews were the two main ethnicities of the city until the outbreak of World War II and the following...

  • Rivne
    Rivne or Rovno is a historic city in western Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Rivne Oblast , as well as the administrative center of the surrounding Rivne Raion within the oblast...

  • Zaporizhia
    Zaporizhia or Zaporozhye [formerly Alexandrovsk ] is a city in southeastern Ukraine, situated on the banks of the Dnieper River. It is the administrative center of the Zaporizhia Oblast...

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  • Chelyabinsk
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  • Chita
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Irkutsk
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  • Kazan
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  • Khabarovsk
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  • Krasnoyarsk
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  • Kratovo
    Kratovo, Russia
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  • Kurgan
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  • Nizhny Novgorod
    Nizhny Novgorod
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  • Novomoskovsk
    Novomoskovsk, Russia
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  • Novosibirsk
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  • Orenburg
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  • Penza
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  • Rostov-Na-Donu
  • Sankt-Petersburg
  • Svobodny
    Svobodny, Amur Oblast
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  • Tyumen
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  • Ufa
    -Demographics:Nationally, dominated by Russian , Bashkirs and Tatars . In addition, numerous are Ukrainians , Chuvash , Mari , Belarusians , Mordovians , Armenian , Germans , Jews , Azeris .-Government and administration:Local...

  • Vladikavkaz
    -Notable structures:In Vladikavkaz, there is a guyed TV mast, tall, built in 1961, which has six crossbars with gangways in two levels running from the mast structure to the guys.-Twin towns/sister cities:...

  • Volgograd
  • Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
    -Demographics:Most residents are ethnic Russians, but there also exists a sizable population of Koreans. Of the 43,000 Sakhalin Koreans, half are estimated to live in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, comprising roughly 12% of the city's population...

  • Yaroslavl
    Yaroslavl is a city and the administrative center of Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, located northeast of Moscow. The historical part of the city, a World Heritage Site, is located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl Rivers. It is one of the Golden Ring cities, a group of historic cities...

See also

  • Ridable miniature railway
    Ridable miniature railway
    A ridable miniature railway is a ground-level, large scale model railway that hauls passengers using locomotives that are models of full-sized railway locomotives .-Overview:Typically they have a rail track gauge between and , though both larger and...

  • Backyard railroad
    Backyard railroad
    A backyard railroad is a privately owned, outdoor railroad, most often in miniature, but large enough for one or several persons to ride on. The rail gauge can be anything from to or more. Smaller backyard or outdoor railroads that cannot be ridden are called garden railroads.Hundreds, even...

  • Train ride
    Train ride
    A train ride in an amusement park, or a municipal park setting, is a small ride consisting of a miniature train, often running on a permanent or portable track, but sometimes without any track whatsoever. In the latter case, the "trains" are simulated by connecting railroad-like cars behind an...

  • Garden railway
    Garden railway
    A garden railroad or garden railway is a model railway system set up outdoors in a garden. While G is the most popular scale for garden railroads, 16 mm scale has a dedicated and growing following especially in the UK. Model locomotives in this scale are often live steam scale models of British...

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