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Children at National Rail MuseumThe love for locomotives and their intricate designs is the key reason for the Rail Museum in Delhi to draw such huge crowds even after three decades of its inauguration. 

Established in the year 1977, the National Rail Museum, Delhi showcases the evolution of Indian railways from the first rail between Bombay and Thane, till what it is today. 

From miniatures of old modeled trains the museum also displays original coaches designed exclusively for eminent personalities.

Collections at the National Rail Museum:

The indoor collection at the museum comprises of model trains that are divided into six galleries starting from the ancient model and gradually showcasing the developments of the industry.

Indoor Collection at the Rail MuseumAttractions of Delhi's Rail Museum

  • Gallery 1: Displays the initial days of Indian railways.
  • Gallery 2: Portrays the various freight and passenger cars housing the crockery and utensils used during those days.
  • Gallery 3: Projects the beauty of Nilgris Mountain railway with a splendid working model of the same made of teak wood.
  • Gallery 4: Shows the incorporation of technological advancements in the industry through the usage of telecommunicative devices including signaling devices and telephones.
  • Gallery 5: Displays some of the architectural marvels of the railways including Pamban Rail Bridge in Tamilnadu that connects Rameshwaram to the mainland.
  • Gallery 6: Displays today’s’ advanced trains along with models of Kolkata metro train, electric train and so on.

Outdoor Collection of Rail Museum:

  • The toy train impresses visitors of all age group especially the children. A ride on the train covers the entire outdoor unit of the museum and is a pleasant experience which should never be missed on a visit to the museum.
  • ‘Akansha’ for the visually challenged and ‘Gyandeep’ for physically challenged are the sections that offer the entire history of Indian Railways in the Braille system. The sections are equipped with wheel chairs for assistance.
  • ‘The fairy queen’, the oldest locomotive of the world built in 1855, is the biggest attraction of the museum.
  • Patiala State Monorail Railways is also a major attraction of the museum. It was built in 1907 and designed with Egwig system. Egwig system is a system of balancing the monorails. Although closed in 1927, an engine of the train was discovered and restored by Northern Railways. Since then, it is on display in the museum.
  • The Souvenir counter offers books, audio and visual cds about the locomotives of the country.
  • An impressive photo gallery and Auditorium are also present carrying monuments related to Indian railways.

Special Attractions

  • The four-wheeled saloon used by the Prince of Wales (Edward VII) in 1876.
  • Teak and gold saloon of Maharaja of Mysore built in 1899.
  • Maharaja of Baroda’s Saloon built in 1886.
  • A Viceroy dining car built in 1889 signifying the grandeur of Indian royalty. 

The entire collection at the National rail Museum comprises of 26 vintage locomotives, 17 saloons and carriages used by royals.

Quick Facts:

Location: Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
Phone:  011 2688 1826
Time to Visit: 9:30am to 7pm. ( summer) 9.30 am to 5pm. (winter)
Day Closed: Monday 
Entry Fee: Rs.10-100
Photography: Rs. 100 for camcorder, Rs.5000 for commercial photography and Rs.10,000 for film shooting 
Nearest Railway Station: Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station: Dhaula Kuan Metro Station
Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Time required for sightseeing: a minimum of 2 Hours

How to Reach National Rail Museum Delhi by Road:

Buses provided by DTC bus service ply through the museum. Autos and cabs also ply in large numbers from any part of the city to the museum.

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