A treasure trove of railway history
The exhibition presents an account of the history of Denmark’s railways and the background to the engines and carriages that are exhibited on the 21 tracks of the engine-shed. The story begins in the Duchies of Schleswig-Holstein and continues in Denmark with the opening of the line between Copenhagen and Roskilde in 1847. The network reaches its height in the 1920s but continues till this day to contribute to the cohesion of Danish society.
You will find a treasure trove of railway memorabilia on the balcony
There are many beautiful and unique models of by far the majority of the Danish engines and carriages that have been in service on the Danish railway network
A beautiful carpet bag with an embroidered steam engine
Many Danish people will recognise the Intercity compartment from 1974
You can explore the exhibition’s treasure trove of railway memorabilia; there are items, paintings and much else – anything from the carpet bag with the embroidered steam engine to syringes that were used to lubricate steam engines.
The exhibition highlights central events and changes through the years. For example, the huge construction works which were performed manually in the early years and icons such as the red express train and the Little Belt Bridge are placed in a historical context. Visitors also have the opportunity to experience what it was like being a railway employee during World War II and the German occupation of Denmark.
Visitors can also admire the beautiful and unique models in scale 1:10 of by far the majority of the Danish engines and carriages that have been in service on the Danish railway network.
On some of the models, the roofs have been removed so you can see right into the compartment and the Mars upholstery in First Class. There are also a number of models of the foreign trains that ran on Danish rails, for instance the direct train service to Moscow.
We also encourage you to take a seat in the Intercity compartment from 1974 and experience a train journey through the Danish landscape.