The predecessor of this museum which is run by East Japan Railway Company was The Transportation Museum in Kanda, Tokyo, which opened in 1921. The predecessor covered a wide range of means of transport, such as trains, ships, cars and airplanes. On the other hand, the new one focuses on a variety of trains in Japan. The important exhibits are found on the ground floor of the main building as shown in the two pictures, featuring three trains which are on the list of important cultural assets. They are Japan's first steam locomotive imported from the UK in 1872, the Imperial coach made in 1876 and the electric train made in 1913. All the antique trains on display here are put in order to the six divisions of railway history from the dawn to Shinkansen bullet train generation.
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