SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum
entered into a sisterhood agreement with The Railway Museum in Saitama, Japan. The formal
Memorandum of Affiliation was signed by California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat and The Railway
Museum of Japan Director Masaki Oshida during a special ceremony in the Roundhouse at the
The origins and heritage of railways in Japan and the U.S. are historically, technologically and culturally
linked. Separated by an ocean and located more than 5,000 miles apart, the two sister museums have
shared visions to preserve the legacy of the world’s railways for a worldwide audience.
“By design and since their very inception, railroads connect people and bring diverse cultures together,”
said California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat. “We are thrilled to welcome The Railway Museum
from Saitama, Japan, as our official ‘sister’ museum. We share the same mission to interpret, protect
and preserve our historic treasures.”
The new affiliation will foster a sharing of knowledge, expertise, information on collections, education
and public programs, technology, exhibits, best practices and the potential exchange of artifacts,
personnel and exhibits of mutual benefit to the museums and their respective visitors.
"This sisterhood agreement will enhance our understanding of railway culture in both California and
Japan,” said Masaki Oshida, Director, The Railway Museum of Japan. “From its roots in Britain, rail
technology has spread around the globe, reaching west to California and the Far East to Japan,
developing in differing ways. Now, a new ‘sister museum’ bond reconnects us across the Pacific! We
are honored to be linked with the California State Railroad Museum and its unique collection of
American rail exhibits."
For more information about the California State Railroad Museum, please call 916-323-9280 or visit www.csrmf.org