The narrow-gauge railroad line Stukmaņi (Pļaviņas)–Gulbene–Alūksne–Valka was built in the early 20th century. And nowadays a 33 km railroad section is still preserved and operated: Gulbene–Alūksne–Gulbene is the only narrow-gauge commercial train in Latvia. During the war period, it has seen many owners coming and going – Russians, Germans, Soviets, and even the Estonian army. The interwar period made it a key railway hub.
In terms of architecture, a visitor shall pay attention to the station building, built in 1926. The importance and need for the narrow-gauge railroad dropped in the 70s, and only due to some enthusiasts the railroad was preserved.
Recently, the exhibition "Railway and Steam" was established, and the manual railcar has also been reconstructed to be offered to visitors. The former depot tells about its everyday routines, and demonstrates the old locomotives, wagons, and a locomotive turnplate. Order a special train on a steam or diesel locomotive, ride the various manual railcars, stay overnight at the former depot building or the parlour car from the Soviet Estonia.
At the end station, in Alūksne, a multimedia exhibition "Alūksne Bānītis Station" (Alūksnes Bānīša stacija) was opened at the reconstructed historical luggage barn of the station. It tells about railway history, provides insight of the everyday life, and the narrow-gauge train as an assistant, job and source of inspiration.