Mysore Railway museum will soon have model of steam engine

The Mysore Railway Museum is home to some warhorses which have done the length and breadth of the nation. The museum, set up by the Indian Railways in 1979, is the second such museum after the National Railway Museum, New Delhi. A model of a steam locomotive engine will soon be installed here. A toy train has also been a major attraction for children.

There are four indigenously designed steam locos, including one of the last steam locos, but they are non-operational.

Among others, what’s on offer for visitors is an exhibit on old mechanism, wherein trains chugged by burning combustible material, usually coal, wood or oil, to produce steam in a boiler. Both fuel and water supplies were carried on the locomotive, either on the locomotive itself or in wagons that it pulled.

Steam locomotive was synonymous with rail transport in the 19th century. As far Indian Railways was concerned, steam ruled the roost from 1853 till the middle of the last century, he said.

Kashi said the model of a steam engine was designed at Mysore divisional workshop. The model is fuelled with kerosene and installed at Mahrani’s Saloon, which is a prized possession of the museum.

A 6m track has been laid adjacent to the saloon to run the model. “The steam engine will certainly entertain the visitors, especially children,” he said, adding that they will install the steam locomotive engine in a month.

. The museum recently installed a new toy train run by diesel. The new train is fitted with three coaches, and each can accommodate 24 children. The earlier toy train was battery operated, and had two coaches.

The museum also has other coaches, equipment and records relating to Mysore State Railways, Indian Railways and railways in general.

The museum has a footfall of 200 per day. The entry fee is Rs 5 for adults and Rs 2 for children.

Mysore railway museum gets country’s first miniature trains

Don’t get confused. The South Western Railway (SWR), Mysore division, is shortly opening refurbished heritage gallery with five miniature trains.

The matter of pride here is Mysore will be the first city to boast of such a facility in the country. The miniature trains imported from the US will run on digital command control system along a track length of 600 metres, Dr Anup Dayanand Sadhu, senior divisional commercial manager, SWR, Mysore division, told Deccan Herald.

A model of a township, comprising Mysore city, Kodagu, mining areas and other prominent tourist attractions, is being recreated at the gallery. The miniature trains will run on tracks covering all these places.

Sri Ram Associates of Mysore have designed and executed the project on their own, at an estimated cost of Rs 15 lakh. They had been working on the model for the past six months. Railways have provided space in the heritage gallery that earlier had photographs pertaining to the evolution of Railways. Once the work is completed, Sri Ram Associates will be handing over the same to railways.

The model has miniature replicas of the Mysore Railway Station, Amba Vilas Palace, Hotel Lalita Mahal Palace, St Philomena’s Church, Doddagadiyara, K R Circle and Chamaraja Wadiyar Circle, Chamundi Hill with the temple at the top, Srirangapatna Railway Junction, footover bridges and tunnels among others. Tiny houses and also the prominent high-rise buildings in the vicinity of the Railway Station can also been seen in the form of models.

Mention must be made of the century-old Wesley Bridge, and KRS Dam in Srirangapatna taluk, which have also been recreated. The effect of flowing water will be made using imported rexin, the officer said.

As said earlier, it is a recreation of the railway system. The miniature trains will automatically run and stop according to the signals. The brass pole lamps will glow, lighting up the entire model and enhancing the beauty of the architectural wonder.

Chicago and Hamburg have similar miniature trains but on a much bigger scale. The Science and Technology Museum in Chicago has 500 miniature trains, while at Hamburg, it is even more, said Sadhu, recalling his visit to Chicago. The model is made using foam (for trees), plaster of paris (for stones and mounts), cardboards and other available materials.

The entry to the gallery situated on platform one is free for passengers who have tickets. For others, it will be through platform tickets.

Apart from professionals, five students from Chamaraja Academy of Visual Arts (CAVA) have lent their expertise in making the model.

Sadhu said: “If all goes well, the gallery will be opened either by the end of the year or in January as a New Year gift.”

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