The happening and overcrowded city of Delhi has many hidden treasures apart from the famous markets, malls, traffic on roads and historical buildings. One of them is the National Rail Museum. I had always loved watching trains speed across me at the stations and to relive my childhood craze for trains I visited the rail museum recently. The rail museum is in the centre of Delhi in Chanakyapuri which is a hub of Embassies in India. Thousands of people pass through the roads along the museum everyday yet only some visit it, which is strange. The Indian Railways Authority has renovated the museum with new additions and galleries in the last few years to increase the footfall of passengers at the railway museum.
It’s a place for all people who have a child in them. You need to awaken the child in you before visiting the museum to enjoy it completely.
The National Rail Museum displays the history of Indian railways through the historical rail engines, locomotives and passenger cars. It will take you on a journey of Indian railways over the years, its achievements, developments and record-breaking paths. There is so much to learn about the railways and how it has shaped this country with its wheels, tracks and sounds. The diverseness of Indian Railways left me speechless and made me realise how hard the people involved with it have worked to make it a pivotal gem of India.
The museum has two main areas to trail through – the outdoor and the indoor gallery.
Rail Museum – Outdoor Exhibits
The outer section of the museum showcases the famous historical railway engines, locomotives, coaches, passenger cars, the saloon cabins of the Kings, cranes and other important equipment. The museum covers a vast area of 11 acres and is surrounded by lots of greenery. I was really amazed to see how nicely everything had been displayed. Also, it left me wondering that how did they assemble all of this heavy machinery in this area. There couldn’t have been a better place to have kept them anywhere else in the city since this spot is not closely surrounded by residential and commercial areas of the city. Let’s have a look at some of the best displays of the museum in the pictures which I really enjoyed clicking.
The tracks, the signals, and the real train engines and coaches give it a real feel. There is a stage for musical performance or gatherings which is occasionally used. For children, there are lawns in the vicinity of the museum to play around. The museum also has a nice Restaurant, an Eatery Stall and a Souvenier Shop.
Some of the main attractions of the museum are The Nilgiri Coach, The Fairy Queen, Saloon of the Prince of Wales, Saloon of the Maharaja of Mysore, Steam Locomotive of Patiala State Monorail and some of the oldest Electric and Diesel Locomotives.
The other main attraction of the museum is its joy train ride. If you don’t want to walk around the museum, the train will take you to have a look at some of the best preserved collections from the History of Indian Railways. The train ride is a favourite among the kids, but adults too can enjoy it. It was some fun sitting in the smallest of the train. The tiniest train has the smallest tracks laid for it.
It’s a 3-4 min ride which circles around the boundaries of the museum. The joy train runs after regular interval of 20 mins. Till then you can catch hold of the seats that you want to sit on or wait at the smallest platform till the train engine whistles to indicate the start of the ride. The train passes through a small tunnel as well. So shout, laugh and click pictures of the museum exhibits while enjoying the train ride. It was so pleasing to hear the ‘Clickety Clack’ of the railway tracks as the train rolled over them.
Also, if you hear an original loud sound (choo-choo) of the train whistling and the earth beneath you vibrating don’t be surprised. As there is a main line of the Indian Railways adjoining the rail museum and the big trains run through them. This certainly brings a feeling of being in a train museum.
I didn’t know and expected an indoor gallery here. And to my surprise, it was so beautifully created and designed.
The indoor gallery displays –
- the models of various train engine & locomotives
- some historical ships the working models of the construction process of the railways
- the working models of the construction process of the railways
- models of pre-independence railway platform and
- the tools used for building the railways
The top of the walls of the gallery shows a timeline of the journey of the railways with one major accomplishment of every year starting from. A big banner displayed the future projects and further modernization of the railways. It was really amazing to see each and everything on display in the gallery.
Check out the photo gallery ⇓
Visiting Hours – 9 AM to 5 PM
Days Open – Tuesday to Sunday
Closed on – Mondays and National Holidays.
Entry Fees – Rs. 50 on weekdays and Rs. 100 on weekends (For Adults)
Rs. 10 on weekdays and Rs. 20 on weekends (For Kids)
Visiting the Rail Museum in Delhi increased my knowledge of the lifeline of India Transportation – The Railways. The museum is a perfect spot to go with family and friends and have some nice time around the trains and have a casual walk on the tracks in a winter morning. If you are a train buff then this place is for you.
Have you ever visited a rail museum in your city or country? You may share your experiences in the comments below.
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