National Rail Museum is a place of tourist attraction and one of the most interesting places to visit in Delhi if you are going out with your family including kids.
Location: Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Entry Timings: 10:00 am to 04:30 pm
Nearest Metro Station: Race Course metro station on Yellow Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Chanakyapuri Bus Stand
When was it established?
The National Rail Museum, also known as the Chanakyapuri Rail Museum(because of the location), is one of the most visited places in Delhi. The museum emphasizes on the growth of Indian Railways from the beginning to the current stage. The foundation stone was laid by the then President of India, V.V. Giri on the auspicious day of October 7, 1971, but was not open to the public until February 1, 1977. It was inaugurated by then Rail Minister of India, Kamlapati Tripathi.
Earlier the museum was supposed to a transport museum that consisted and emphasized on all modes of transport that were present and growing all over India like roadways, waterways, airways and railways, but in 1995, the museum became a museum completely dedicated to the railways.
What collections are available?
The National Rail Museum is one of the many rail museums present in India. It is spread over an area of around 11 acres and has a huge collection of more than 100 models and real trains, coaches, engines and other components that are related to trains. The real trains and engines along with real size models display the glory and grandeur of the history of the Indian Railways. It is indeed a heaven for train lovers and enthusiasts.
The collection in the museum include static models, working models, equipments, furnitures related to trains and other components. There are also literature, books, photographs, maps, architecture that are associated with the Indian Railways. The Rail Museum has outdoor and indoor galleries that are dedicated to the railways. The inner galleries became fully functional after the renovation work that took place in 2014. There is also a toy train on which people can ride and it is exciting not only for children, but adults too.
Why should you visit Rail Museum?
Among many models and actual trains and engines, there are a few things that are the real gems of the National Rail Museum. The most important and the most attractive thing in the museum is the Fairy Queen, that was built in 1855 and is certified by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest locomotive engine.
Other things that are of interest in the museum include Patiala State Monorail Trainways, Fire Engine, Saloon of Prince of Wales, Saloon of Maharaja of Indore, Electric Locomotive Sir Roger Lumley, Saloon of Maharaja of Mysore, Electric locomotive 4502 Sir Leslie Wilson, Matheran Rail Car No 8899, Crane Tank etc.
With all these models, trains and engines, the place is a must-visit for train lovers and people who are interested in the history of Indian Railways. The Rail Museum offers facilities like cafeteria, auditorium for interaction with people, Rail Restaurant in which a steam engine serves food while moving on a track.
If you are visiting Delhi, then you must definitely visit the railway museum. You will only need around one and half an hour in order to fully explore the place and will make your day if you love trains, engines, etc.