The Railway History Park in Saijo, Ehime 鉄道歴史パーク
The two parts of the museum are on either side of the railway line and connected by pedestrian bridge.
The North Hall, closest to the main entrance of the station, contains two trains, a Type 0 Shinkansen, the first Bullet Train, and it's claimed that this is the actual one that ran the debut journey from Tokyo Station to Shin-Osaka on October 1st, 1964.
With it is the only operational DF50 type diesel locomotive that was retired in 1983. The cabs of both trains can be entered. Other displays cover historical railway paraphernalia including the human, and sometimes gasoline, powered 2-man carts called "Rail Star" which are used to patrol the rail lines. On Sundays and holidays you can have a go yourself.
The South Hall is larger and out in front of it is an unusual train, the experimental Free Gauge Train, GCT01-201. With adjustable wheel bases that can switch between the shinkansen lines' 1435mm track and the regular 1067mm track, the idea was that passengers would not need to change trains. It was tested in Kyushu and also here on Shikoku, but was not put into production.
Inside the South Hall are a further three locomotives, a C57 Class Steam Engine, built in 1938 and retired in 1975, a KiH65 diesel express train built around 1970 and retired in 2008, and a DE10 diesel primarily used for shunting, a couple of which are still in service. There are displays of Shikoku railway history, a replica of an early 20th century station platform, a large, working model railway, and a collection of historical model trains.
Saijo Railway History Park Access
Saijo Railway History Park
798-1 Omachi, Saijo-shi, Ehime 793-0030
Tel: 0897 47 -3575
Hours: Saijo Railway History Park is open from 9am - 6pm. Closed Wednesdays or next day if Wednesday is a holiday.
Admission: High School and older: 300 yen
Kids: 100 yen
Saijo Railway History Park is two minutes from Iyo Saijo Station. The quickest express trains from JR Matsuyama Station in Matsuyama take an hour to Iyo Saijo Station. From Takamatsu the journey time is 90 minutes.