The northern railway and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has decided to launch a special drive to attract students from schools and colleges to railway museum in Rewari, which is one of the oldest Railway Loco Sheds in India.
A team comprising northern railway chief mechanical engineer (CME) Ashwini Lohani, deputy chief mechanical engineer Vikas Arya and INTACH Haryana convener Jayanto Sanyal who is also former union secretary with the ministry of tourism, and Rewari District INTACH convener Sudhir Bhargava visited the Rewari Heritage Loco Shed recently.
The team decided to make efforts to increase the foot falls to the museum by attracting students from hundreds of schools and colleges located in South Haryana.
Rewari INTACH Chapter will coordinate the efforts by involving educational institutions to send their students in groups to the museum, Bharvava informed the Times of India. He informed that the railway museum in Rewari, located in one of the oldest Railway Loco Sheds in India which was established in 1880s, houses several steam engines which are no longer in use.
“The well maintained museum could not generate the expected foot falls and a new strategy is needed to increase the number of visitors to the museum”, he said.
Bhargava stated that for attracting youngsters to this heritage, railways have been requested by INTACH to bring some changes in set up and introduce new facilities in the museum which keep students occupied for 2-3 hours at this place.
The railway CME Lohani has agreed and instructed accompanying staff to do the needful.
Vikas Arya informed that couple of measures are already in the pipe line and others will be completed by the beginning of October 2012.
“New facilities to be provided in the museum include showing of documentaries and films about the history, and present operations of railways throughout this vast country. These films will be shown to groups of 50 students, once or twice a day in museum conference hall and will be of duration of 30-40 minutes”, he informed.
Though there are several models of small engines and other equipment and exhibits in photo form etc. displayed in the halls, more exhibits may be added in the posters form showing the railway network in different terrains of India like hills, seas, over the rivers, in deserts, etc, giving the youngsters glimpses of not only the country but how railways manage the difficult task.
Lohani assured that steam Locomotives would be shown in running condition also to make students familiar with the old technology.
The restaurant at the premises will also be students oriented and some food package could be given to the groups. A special guide could be provided to answer queries by students.
A brochure on the history of museum, Railways and important exhibits of the museum would be released soon which would be distributed to visitors free of cost.
Rewari INTACH convener Sudhir Bhargava stressed that the strategy of the museum should be to keep the visiting students busy, for 2 to 3 hours, by providing more facilities so that the tour is worthwhile for students who may come to museum from an area of radius of 50 kms. Also students in this agricultural belt will have good exposure to technological aspects too. These facilities are likely to be ready by the beginning of October 2012.