NATIONAL RAIL MUSEUM
Location : Near Motibagh flyover in Chanakyapuri
Managed By : Tourism of India
Major Attractions : An exotic collection of Indian railway coaches
Mostly Visited For : Fairy Queen, Maharaja of Mysore's carriage
Rail Museum, Delhi
Gone are the days when you would wake up with the euphonic chimes of a steam engine, sluggishly making its way through smogs of erstwhile memories. Today you can only explore about the bygone rails of pleasure at places like the Rail Transport Museum, which houses many interesting and bizarre chapters of the rail history. Nestling amidst the greens of Chanakyapuri, the museum will be of great interest to anyone who becomes fascinated by Delhi's exotic collection of Indian railway coaches. Offering bountiful reasons to enjoy your hearts out, the rail museum is equally enchanting to tourists and natives, adults and children.
The museum is an enticing blend of vintage rail models roosting cheek by jowl with modern engines. It is place where you can peep into history through many classic metalled examples of luxury relaxing with today's toy trains that will take your kids to a memorable ride inside the museum precincts. The lush terrain is dotted with lavish carriages that were used by British royalty, though the best is the Maharaja of Mysore's carriage. And it has all the reasons to be so. Complete with a rosewood bed and embellished with teak, gold and ivory, this opulent compartment is an amazing thing to behold. Remember to touch the ambrosial Fairy Queen, preserved in one of those solitary corners of this fairytale world. Built in 1855, it is considered to be the best preserved steam locomotive engines of her age. A leisure walk through the criss-crossed railway lines will bestow you with some of the oldest locomotives of the last two centuries, brought from all pockets of the world.
An Early 19th Century Engine on Display At Rail Museum
After you have explored the open-air part, walk into the interiors of the museum. Designed in a looped way, the museum starts with interesting models and ends up with real life tragedy cases. Tourists can find a number of models displayed with buttons to push, and displays on every aspect of rail transport you could possibly think of. There's even a Braille exhibit for the blind! As you will move inside, to your amazement, you will also find the humongous skull of an elephant that charged a mail train in 1894 and lost. Enjoy a mild refreshment at the museum restaurant, before you go for a dream ride. In the grounds a narrow gauge toy train chugs around a short loop throughout the day.
The Rail Transport Museum is situated quite close to Motibagh flyover in the lush green sectors of Chanakyapuri. Located in the heart of south central Delhi, the museum is well connected to all parts of the city with multiple commutation options. The rail museum is open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on all working days except Mondays.
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