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Saturday, February 02, 2008

National Rail Museum, Delhi

For many people on the way from Shanti Path to Ring Road or Moti Bagh, they pass a flyover. Very few people bother to look down from the flyover, or some who do, they can just see some locomotives. On the other hand, there are a number of people who have bothered to go to see what is there; it is the National Rail Museum. Inaugurated on the 1st of Feb, 1977, this museum is now more than 30 years old, and is an ideal place to view the history of Rail in India, with the different kinds of engines and locomotives used over the years. You also get to see many of the historic trains of India.
The museum is located on an area of 10 acres, and has an indoor gallery containing models, records, coat of arms (from imperial times), photographs, documents, etc. The museum provides visitors with a journey into the Railway history and heritage and show the role of the Railways into the economic progress of the country.
Children can enjoy a ride on the miniature rail track in the Museum. The Museum has 26 vintage locomotives; 17 carriage and saloons including the four-wheeled saloon used by the Prince of Wales (Edward VII) in 1876; the Maharaja of Mysore’s saloon of teak, gold and ivory; the Viceregal Dining Car that was built in 1889; Maharaja of Baroda's Saloon built in 1886; the Fairy Queen built in 1855; the model of India's very first train, a steam engine that made its journey from Mumbai to Thane in 1853.

Location: Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Timing: April-Sep. 9.30 am to 7.00 pm
Oct- Mar. 9:30 am to 5 pm.
Closed : Monday


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