The Catalonia Railway Museum, which is located in Vilanova i la Geltrú, is the biggest Railway museum in Catalonia. First idea to open a museum was from the Associció d’Amics del Ferrocarril de Barcelona. In 1972 they collected a wide range of steam locomotives to present them to the different European associations at the occasion of the 19th European Model Railway Congress.
The reason for choosing Vilanova as the location for the museum was the in 1967 closed steam locomotive depot. There already have existed a turn table, a water tank and an engine shed for keeping the vehicles. Another reason was the long railway tradition of Vilanova i la Geltrú.
In 1990 the museum opened officially with the collaborative effort of RENFE.
The ambition of the Museum is “to convey the significance of industrialization for ways of life and work as well as showing the technical advances of the transport revolution”. The Museum “is intended to be a vehicle of communication and contract with present and future generations”.