On the Tracks of National Rail Museum
With the recently released Ki and Ka, the National Rail Museum of Delhi has become the sought-after picnic spot for most families and history enthusiasts. As it was a weekend and we didn’t have any travel plans, we decided to utilize it by visiting National Rail Museum in Chanakyapuri and experience the history of Indian Railways in the purest form.
The rail museum is surrounded by lush green trees both in and around it and provides relief from the scorching Delhi heat to the visitors in summers. The entry tickets are reasonably priced at Rs. 20 per person. Good effort by the government to promote history.
The Museum is a house of real life size exhibits and other rail components in the country. It has locomotives and coaches from the princely states across the Indian Subcontinent.
The Patiala State Mono Rail is the rarest operational exhibits of its kind in the world.
It was magnificent to see all kinds of railway engines, right from steam to diesel to the latest electrical engines, displayed as life-size exhibits for us to know more about the evolution of Indian Railways from the golden era to the present modern days.
This monochrome of the steam engine takes us back to the era when railways was the best mode of transport for the entire nation. This also reminds us of the trains shown in many of Bollywood blockbusters like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Gadar which talks about partition.
The Bikaner Station in the museum is the starting point for the toy-train which offers a joy ride to the visitors, especially children. Although priced a bit high, 100 bucks per ride, this can be a good fun time for kids visiting this place.
Decauville was a narrow-gauge loco used mostly in yards, mines and tunnel works. The beauty of this engine was that it could be disassembled and transported easily just like a model train.
Gaekwar Baroda Saloon (256) was a broad-gauge rail used by the Gaekwar of Baroda. The saloon was ornamented with gold enamel on the ceiling and a small portion of it can be seen through the glass pane.
If you do not have plans for the weekend ahead, this museum is one of it’s kind and deserves a visit . It will be a peaceful retreat from the hustle of the malls and also a refreshing trip for the kids.
How to reach:
Nearest Metro Station: Race Course (Yellow Line)
Entry Fee: Rs. 20/person, Train Ride: Rs. 20/person
9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Closed : Monday
For detailed information on the National Rail Museum please visit website here.
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