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A peep into the Rail Museum

An exhibit at the Regional Rail Museum at Chennai, a painting that shows Gandhiji alighting from a third-class coach.

THE National Rail Museum, New Delhi, was opened in 1977. Subsequently, a policy decision was taken by the Railway Board to open Regional Rail Museum at Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata.

The Minister for Railway, Mr Nitish Kumar inaugurated the first Regional Rail Museum at Chennai on March 31, 2002 and has thrown open its doors to the public from April 16, 2002.

Located at the Integral Coach Factory, amid sylvan surroundings, the Regional Rail Museum, Chennai, has two indoor galleries and a large open area. The Museum envisages creating a railway museum that will be informative, educative and entertaining about the evolution and development of railways to the current day.

The photo gallery recapitulates the glorious heritage of Indian Railways, the various milestones crossed by ICF and a poster presentation on the National Rail Museum, New Delhi.

The other indoor gallery houses models of different coaches made by ICF.

The open space will house real life exhibits of coaches and locomotives in due course of time.

Some of the current attractions at Regional Rail Museum, Chennai are:

  • The Nilgiri Mountain Railway — Mini-working model

  • Inspection carriage

  • Calcutta Metro coach.

  • Diesel electric tower car.

    More models and exhibits are to be added in due course of time. A peep in to the future shows plans for:

  • Restaurant in coach.

  • Toy train rides

  • Fun and games for kids

  • Souvenir shop

  • Son et lumiere show.

    With continuous improvements, additions and enhancements, the Regional Rail Museum, Chennai, will become a "must see", "can't miss" tourist spot in Chennai.

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