Located in the village of Shumkovo, it’s already become an unofficial open museum for train lovers.
The reserve train base has been located at this location since 1967. It was transferred from the city of Kungura. The territory of the base is divided into two parts. First part consists of modern railway equipment: train cars, locomotives, snow plows, etc. Nearby is a house with security guards.
Continue walking along the tracks and a few hundred meters later you will see the coveted cemetery of locomotives.
There are several types of steam locomotives. Most of the series L (the”Lebedyanka”).
The oldest locomotive in the graveyard was the ER 716-66 Hungarian-made MAVAG locomotive. Year of production — 1936. For more than forty years, the train worked as a shunting locomotive at the Kungur station. The Museum staff paid attention to it and bought it as an exhibit. Now the train has moved from the cemetery of locomotives to the Museum of “Battle Glory of the Urals” in Verkhnyaya Pyshma (Sverdlovsk region).
There were also steam locomotives of the FD series (Felix Dzerzhinsky). They say that from here many of them were sold to China.
Some locomotives are in relatively good condition, with oiled moving parts (which move easily and do not even creak), others are completely rusted literally to holes. In some locomotives, you can climb and feel like a driver or Stoker. You can also climb up. In some places, birch trees have already grown on the locomotives and in the cars.
There are big red stars on the front of almost every locomotive.
There are mainly the trains of the 1940s and 50s. In addition to steam locomotives, there are also old train cars.
Unfortunately, the equipment was damaged by looters. The headlights are broken, many parts are screwed up or even cut off. But even now, these blackened locomotives are striking in their power.
The locomotives standing here were supposed to be used in the event of war, in the absence of electricity in the contact wires of Railways. In the past, they were groomed and oiled. In Soviet times, it was a secret facility. Now, even in the event of an emergency, they are unlikely to be used. It is more profitable and easier to use diesel locomotives. Moreover, the efficiency of these locomotives is only 10%. But their advantage is that you can use any fuel.
UPD. At the end of September 2018, there were reports that the cemetery of steam locomotives is closed. Two locomotives were transported to Perm for restoration and the rest – to a protected site. However, people who visited here in the spring of 2019 told us that you can still get to the locomotives. They are located in a protected area near the former location. The territory is patrolled by security guards, but they did not interfere with the inspection of locomotives (at least in this case).
UPD2. According to data for the summer of 2019, the territory is protected. We have to state that this abandoned steam train graveyard is closed.