Train museum fetes first year, record turnout

Kyodo

A museum showcasing steam locomotives, bullet trains and a magnetically levitated train marked its first anniversary this week with an unexpected attendance record of 1.09 million visitors.

“You can touch trains and try driving in simulators. We think many visitors liked them,” a Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) official said about the runaway success of SCMAGLEV and Railway Park in Nagoya, which has 39 trains on display.

After opening on March 14, 2011, the museum drew an average of 5,000 visitors on weekends and holidays, and about 2,600 on weekdays. The museum was initially aiming for about 600,000 visitors in is first year, JR Tokai said.