Discover Ukraine. Kyiv Children's Railway and Syretsky Park

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Hello, dear friends!

I invite you to a virtual promenade. Today we take a walk in a small wonderful park with a working children's railway. It was first opened in 1953 on Railroad Man Day. The first train consisted of a German steam locomotive Gr-336 and 6 wooden wagons.

The railway survived a few reconstructions, close-down and looting, and a fire. Nowadays it has 2 stations and 3,7 km in length. They also have Southwest Railway History Museum.

I captured these photos just recently, that's why it is empty and closed for quarantine. But one day it will invite its little passengers again!

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Kyiv Children's Railway

Location:
Syretsky Park, Park-Syretska str., 4.
6,5 km from Kyiv Central Railway station.
Can be reached by metro, tram or a bus.

Contact:
380 44 458 4834
Facebook

Prices:
Adults - 100 UAH
Children - 50 UAH
Children under 3 y.o. - free
Museum ticket - 20 UAH

Other features:
An electronic ticket
Free WiFi

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Since June 1, 2019, after a large-scale reconstruction, the Kyiv Children's Railway has opened for passengers again. It was the 66th season since it was constructed.

Railway has become a worldwide record holder with a copy of an existing train station that is not available on other children's railways. Kyiv-Passenger Children's Station is a mini-copy of the capital's central train station building.

At the main entrance, the ancient locomotive on a granite pedestal greets visitors of the park.

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The park looks very modern and comfortable. There are safe pedestrian crossing and a new railway crossing. On the way of the train, you will go through "regions" of Ukraine and see 27 information stelas about cities. During the 30-minute journey the train the viaduct over the ravine at a height of 19.6 meters. It is 100 meters long. The whole route 5,6 km.

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In comfortable train carriages, all the service for you and your kids is provided by young trainers under the supervision of instructors.

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If you plan your visit on a public holiday, you will catch up with the legendary steam locomotive GR 332, a pride of Ukrainian Southwestern Railways. The one that performed the very first journey of children's railway. The interesting fact: German reparation stands for "German reparation". A narrow-gauge steam locomotive delivered to the USSR after World War II from Germany. The most powerful narrow-gauge locomotive in the USSR. There were 417 of them in total.

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After an exciting ride, you can walk and play with your kids in the park. There is a children's playground, lounge zone for parents, cafe and toilets. Everything for spending a wonderful day.

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Usually, the railway is closed for the winter season. But in December 2019 they decided to open it again for Christmas time. Now, of course, it is closed because of quarantine.

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Finally, I'd like to put here some historical photos of the trains from different periods of its history (source):

1950s (with GR 336 at the pic)1960s
1990s2000s (with GR 336 again)


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Thank you for taking the time and reading my story



If you wonder about more places to visit in Kyiv and surroundings here are few:

Discover Ukraine ~ Sofiyivska Square

Discover Ukraine - Beremytske Nature Park

Discover Ukraine - Korostyshiv. Picturesque lake and granite rocks



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Stay tuned,

@zirochka


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