National Rail Museum
Address: Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
Nearest Metro Station: AIIMS
Phone: 26881816, 26880939
Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Cost: INR 20 entry fee and INR 20 extra for toy train ride.
The National Rail Museum is a tribute to the Railway Heritage of India. This is a fantastic place to visit and enhance your knowledge. This museum has a fascinating and exotic collection of exhibits of rails. The mystic world of trains unfolds its magic in a sprawling campus right in the middle of the city. You cannot ask for a better place to let the kids enjoy and also ‘touch-and-feel’ locomotives. (Flip-side – it is an open place, so it may be too draining on a hot summer day)
This unique museum has a fascinating and exotic collection of over 100 real size exhibits of Indian Railways. Static and working models, signaling equipment, antique furniture, historical photographs and related literature, etc. are displayed in the museum. The line-up of old coaches includes the rare steam- locomotives; one can peer in through the windows for a good look.
The display inside is broadly divided into the actual display of railway coaches and engines displayed outside and the museum having miniature displays. The entrance ticket you buy gives you access to this. Sadly, some of the interactive displays may not work.
The collection of locomotives is good and the information placards are also good. Good place for history – to learn the evolution of Indian railways. Especially the facts about princely states before partition. The railway engines and bogies on display outside are of very old vintages and uses. Though the dates and historical vintage of the engines and bogies is not marked, one can make it out. The coach designs and fabrication are to be looked at and imagined.
Though prohibited and discouraged with the threat of a fine, do get inside the steam engines and coaches just to have a look at the vintage technology.
The entrance ticket you buy gives you an entry into the main building which throws light on the history of railways explained with help of various miniature models and interactive displays, manual as well as visual displays.
There is a toy train inside which costs INR 20 a ticket and is absolutely a must; you can buy the extra ticket at entrance or at the beginning of the ride. Had a ride in the train which takes you to see the whole museum. The rail track is about approximately one foot wide i.e. 12 inches. It entails a model of an engine and about six very small bogies. You get to sit on these bogies and then it takes you about the museum at a snail’s pace.
Picture Gallery is awesome depicting Indian railways history, present and future. There is small shop near picture gallery. Prices start from ₹20 to ₹2000. You can get Indian railways badges key rings, T-shirt, antique items etc.
Do not bring eatables inside as they are not allowed. However, snacks like packaged chips etc are ok. There is a snack cafe inside offering water, Pepsi, etc. There are snacks, ice cream kiosks of well known brands available in the parking outside the main gate also.
Service: Found the staff very positive and helpful.
Ambiance: Ample parking, good food-stalls, enough space for kids to run around. And don’t forget to take your cameras along to click those beauties.
Experience: ‘Awesome’ is the word for the experience.
Recommendations: A great place for Train Lovers. Good for those who are interested in knowing the evolution of rails. Entertaining, informative and a good educational place for children. Fun place for people of all ages to hang out.
Ratings: 4/56 Likes
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