The new Pablo Neruda National Railway Museum rescues an ancient train station and a steam locomotive yard in order to turn them into a significant art and culture space.
The Pablo Neruda National Railway Museum was inaugurated in February 24, 2004, when the hundredth anniversary of the poet’s birth was commemorated. Its trains rescue the most vivid testimony from the first days of Temuco and the region’s development. Declared national historical monument in 1989, this old railway station was the steam powered vehicles operation center in southern Chile for years.
The venue used to belong to the company called Ferrocarriles del Estado de Chile until 2001, when it was handed over to the local municipality. The venue is made up by four buildings: the Coal Bunker, where up to 3,000 tons of coal would be stored; the Workshop, where the locomotives would be repaired; the Manager’s Office, which now operates as art gallery; and the Locomotive Yard.
Where the Treasure is Kept
The Locomotive Yard, today a site museum, displays an incredible collection of railway jewels that have been restored keeping their original features.
See more points of interest in Temuco
Level of Difficulty: bajo.
Timetables: from 9am to 6pm.
Recommendations: Go to the Northwest of the urban shell, in the area known as Pueblo Nuevo.
Contact: Museo Nac. Ferroviario Pablo Neruda
Av. Barros Arana 565 (4780000) Temuco, IX Región, Chile Tel: +56 45-227613
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