The Mysore Rail Museum, a repository of railway exhibits, has a new addition: a working model of a steam locomotive designed by technicians from the Mechanical Department.
The indigenously developed working model was the effort of engineers J.R. Anthony Raj Padua and S. Shivakumar. Their work was supervised by S. Syed Areef, Senior Section Engineer, and guided by B. Kasi Viswanathan, Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer of Mysore Division.
The working model, installed at the Sriranga Pavilion, has a wheel diameter of 125 mm and runs on a six-inch gauge. It was inaugurated by Ashok Kumar Mital, General Manager, South Western Railway, here on Saturday. For the new generation, which only has a vague idea of steam locomotives that ruled the railways till the 1990s, the Mysore Rail Museum provides a peek into the past. There are plans to develop the museum further, for which proposals have been submitted.