From September 1 to the end of the month, a replica of an armoured train Wabadus, inspired by those used in the War of Independence can be visited in Tallinn’s Railway Station „Balti Jaam“.
Armored train will arrive in Tallinn on Sunday, September 1 and will be located on the railway branch between Railway Station and the market building. Train will open its doors to visitors at 2 pm. Brass band will be performing during opening ceremony, followed by speeches public figures and Kaitseliit representatives. The Tallinn’s Central and Northern district governments together with Estonian War Museum and Kaitseliit organize the event.
Armored train is open to visitor five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm, and closed on Monday and Tuesday with the exception of September 2 and 3, then train will also be opened. Visiting train is free of charge and can be done by individual visitor or by groups. The tour around the train takes up to 45 minutes.
“The exposition of an old armored train will surely appeal to people of all ages and speaking different languages. Guides will provide tours in Estonian, Russian and English. It would be worthwhile for schools and kindergartens to dedicate one whole history class lesson to visiting armored train with a kindergarten group or school pupils, ”suggested Vladimir Svet, a senior at downtown.
For a smooth visit, it is necessary to take into account that the group size should be up to 25 people and that two groups can visit the train at a time. In order to book vists for schools and kindergartens, a registration page has been created. It is also important to be aware that the temperature inside armored train does not differ from that of the outside, and so one should be dressed according to the weather.
The Estonian War of Independence was fought in 1918–1920, and armoured trains played an important role in winning the war and establishing the independence of Estonia. Now, 100 years later, the Estonian War Museum has constructed a replica inspired by an armoured train used back then.