After watching some random Bollywood song which was shot in the Railway Museum, I have been wanting to visit one. I did some research and found out that there are two railway museum in India, one in Delhi, where the song was shot and the other one in Mysore which is a two hours ride from Bangalore.
Last weekend, we rode to Mysore and visited the museum.Let’s look into a little history of the museum.
The Railway Museum was established in 1979 by the Indian Railways. It is located on the Krishnaraja Sagar Road, Mysore , very close to Mysore Railway station.It is the second of this kind in the country after the National Railway Museum , New Delhi.( Source: Wikipedia)
The Entry timings are from 10.30 A.M to 6 P.M( Monday Closed) and the entry fees is Rs 15 for adults.We reached around 4.30 and took tickets and got in. A carrier , turned into a ticket counter was really interesting. I was also happy to see the place is not crowded like any other tourist spot.
The Museum preserves a fairly good collection of ancient steam locomotives and carriages.It also display some rare collection of royal carriages of the Wodeyar Kings.The most interesting thing is the Queen’s saloon carriage which is displayed indoors, which had a kitchen, dining area , servant’s resting room and toilets.
The museum also displays the pictures of how train and railway system has evolved through the years.Another attraction was the vintage Austin Railway Car.
There used to have a toy train ride around the museum which is not functioning any more.
The Museum is spread over quite a large area, but the sad part is it is poorly maintained.Hopefully, the authorities take it seriously and do proper measures to protect it.
Now when you are in Mysore, ditch the crowded tourist places and pay a visit here and I am sure you will be delighted to see the legendary transformation of Indian Railways over these years.