New Europe Railway Heritage Trust


Childrens Railway


Note : To cope with variations of "Children's, Childrens' and Childrens", the last mentioned has been used as a standard.

It should also be recognised that very few of these railways have their own website. Accordingly one has to search the web and see which travel websites mention them, often of variable quality. If any reader can improve on the data listed below, then please inform the editor of "Eastern Star" details on the "Contacts" page.


Childrens Railways, sometimes known as "Pioneer Railways", were first created in the Soviet Union in 1932. They are narrow gauge lines with heritage locomotives, coaches and stations. Children in the age of 9-15 years old can work on the railway as locomotive drivers, conductors and so on. During the summer months, supervised by experienced professionals, they can drive trains, take care of the coaches and transport passengers.

The children study the basic principles of railway functioning and develop their skills in the operation of a railway, so that in the summer they can demonstrate their abilities and achievements.

Children railway lines run for several kilometres and do not adjoin the main railway line of the given country. Usually such railways are used not for public transportation, but as attractions and travelling along parks and tourist areas.

In addition to learning how to respect authority, take personal responsibility and work as part of a team, many of the young participants later choose to join the railway industry.

A list of the current childrens railways may be found at Childrens Railways

A comprehensive article on the history of these railways may be found at the website of "Russia Beyond": History of Childrens Railways

Current locations

Russia : Sverdlovsk (Ekaterinburg) Childrens Railway

See the unofficial website Yekaterinburg Childrens Railway

See also Eastern Star068 (December, 2017)

Ukraine : Donetsk Pioneer Railway

Donetsk Pioneer Railway
Donetsk Pioneer Railway

Donetsk Pioneer Railway
(Photo by Donetsk Pioneer Railway)

See also Eastern Star080 (December, 2020)

Ukraine : Lviv Childrens Railway

They have a FaceBook page at Lviv FaceBook

See also the travel website at: Lviv travel website

Ukraine : Kiev Childrens Railway

See the travel website at Kiev Childrens Railway

Ukraine : Uzhgorod Childrens Railway

No real information.

Georgia : Tbilisi Children's Railway

See also Eastern Star063 (September, 2016)