The Museum is a place of artifacts, historical, scientific collections. It has been a place of learning more about the kingdoms, kings, weapons, etc. National Rail Museum is the most popular tourists’ attraction in Delhi. It describes the whole history of Indian Railway. National Rail Museum was inaugurated on 1st February 1977 at Chanakyapuri. It sprawled over 11 acres of land. The main attractions of National Rail Museum are the Fireless steam locomotive, the Fairy Queen, Kalka Shimla Rail Bus, Patiala State Monorail Trainways, Crane Tank, Betty Tramways. The Fairy Queen is the world oldest steam locomotive qualified in the Guinness Book of Records. This unique museum comprises a wide collection of over 100 exhibits of the Indian Railways. In the year of 2015, the National Railway Museum had received nearly 3.9 lakh visitors.
The rail museum encompasses historical pictures, rare steam locomotives, and variety of static, working train models in India. An informative tablet is kept next to every exhibit for easy understanding. In the museum premises, there is an adjoining building located where old, rare pictures and miniature exhibits of the railways are housed. Photography is not allowed in this place.
The places to enjoy in the National Rail Museum
Outdoor Photo by Schnitzel_bank Gallery
Imitating a railway yard, the expensive outdoor gallery comprises various diesel, steam and electric locomotives, a wonderful collection of carriages, railcars, wagons and armored trains. These rare exhibits have been maintained and preserved over a century. The outdoor section has a gramophone, rail garden that showcases many models of the train passing through varied terrains of India.
It is sure the Indoor gallery will make the visitors to jaw-drop with its collection of interactive exhibits, train models, railway infrastructure. One can see different types of signaling equipment, Indian Railway uniforms, antique furniture of the railway, telecommunication systems etc.
Here the tourists can find Princely coaches and traditional locomotives. The Maharaja of Mysore’s Saloon, the Prince of Wales Saloon and the Maharaja of Baroda’s Saloon are some of the royal coaches. Such imperial trains exemplify the magnificence and interiors of ancient times. Some coaches of the original ‘Palace on Wheels’ are seen in the National Rail Museum.
Rides & 3D stimulators
Different types of locomotives with steam, diesel simulators, a virtual 3D coach, Toy train through the outdoor gallery are amazing activities not only for children but also for elders. The Patiala State Monorail is open on Sundays for rides.
Besides, summer camps and school visits, the National Rail Museum organizes exhibitions and panel discussions. Museum Day and Children’s Day are celebrated here every year along with competitions and special activities.
The National Railway Museum owns a State-of-art auditorium with 200 seating capacity. Podium, audio system, curtains, lighting system, projector, large stage are available in the auditorium. It can be booked for any organization meetings on a rental basis.
One can find an excellent array of souvenirs such as postcards, books, posters, train models and apparel. All the materials are embellished with Indian Railways printed logos.
The amazing feature of the National Rail Museum is that it attracts the kids and train buffs with a toy train joyful ride. Some days the old steam monorail also runs across the museum ground. The tourists can also enjoy boating here. Visitors are allowed to touch and climb on the static trains.
Details of timings, ticket fee
- The National Rail Museum is open on all days except MONDAY, HOLIDAYS
- The timing is 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
- Entry ticket: Weekdays – Adults-Rs.50 & Child-Rs.10 and on Weekends Rs.100-Adult & Child-Rs.20
- Toy train ride is Rs.100/- (for both adults &children) and On Weekends Rs.200/ (for both adults &children)
“The National Rail Museum is an informative place in Delhi that educates about the Indian Railway history. Don’t skip to visit here along with your children to know about our ancientness of Railway department.”