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.

Indian Railways: Ten facts you would want to know

The Indian Railways (IR) carries over 25 million passengers daily which is perhaps more than the entire population of Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania put together.

The Indian Railways (IR) carries over 25 million passengers daily which is perhaps more than the entire population of Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania put together.

Introduced in 1853, the first passengers train in India chugged from Victoria Terminus (now CST) to Thane on a 53-km route, 25 years before China laid its rail network.

The IR is also the largest employer in the country and the eighth-largest, globally. With an employee-strength of over 1.4 million, it is larger than number of people employed at the top three industrial groups-Tata, Reliance and Birla.

The CST caters to 33 million passengers annually and is the only terminus in the world to be listed as a monument of global heritage by UNESCO.

Mumbai’s local trains are amongst the world’s few to have 15 coaches. Shanghai’s local trains come close with 12 coaches.

The Himsagar Express that covers a distance of 3,573 kms from across the entire country, from Kanyakumari in the south to Jammu-Tavi in the north can be compared to the tenth longest network in the world extending from Emeryville to Chicago covering 3924 kms in the US.

Even after recent hike, fares on long distance journeys on the IR can be considered cheapest in the world. For instance, 1,500 kms journey on Delhi-Kolkata route by Kalka Mail costs around Rs 250. A similar journey would cost ten times more on any budget train in Europe which boasts of strong rail transport.

There is no railways station in the entire Asian sub-continent which has a longer name than Venkatanarasimharajuvariipeta station in Tamil Nadu.

Ever since its origin in 1853, the rail service in India never turned back making it one of the oldest track in the world.