Established on the 1st February, 1977, the National Railway Museum of New Delhi is located in the heart of capital city, Delhi. Spread over an area of 10 acres of land in Chanakyapuri, this museum is one of its kinds in the entire nation. The national rail museum consist many attractive collection of the rich heritage and history of the railways in India.
The National Railway Museum exhibits many models of steam engines, locomotives and many other different types of railway art effects. The museum comprises of both live exhibits as well as non-working models in the indoor gallery. A toy train is run around the campus for the visitors on a regular basis every day. On some special days, the Old Patiala Steam Monorail is run on the tracks. The museum authorities arrange for its visitors an exciting journey, showing the rich heritage that Indian Railway has beheld for so many years and how it has helped in cultural and economical development of the nation till today.
Main attractions at the National railway Museum New Delhi
The main point of attraction in the National Railway Museum is the Joy Train ride. The train will take you to a journey depicting the 153 year old rich history of the Indian Railway. With a very nominal amount, you can avail the ride of this train and it will surely make your visit an exciting one.
Other than the train ride, a children park is there for the younger ones to have a good time in the vicinity of the museum.
Indoor Gallery of National Rail Museum Delhi:
The National Railway Museum has depicts the rich heritage and the nostalgia of the Indian Railways. The presence of a photo gallery in the air-conditioned indoor area depicts the development of Indian Railways from its initiation in 1853 till today. Many other miniature models and art effects have also been included in the indoor gallery to make the visit to the museum worth remembering. There is a state-of-the-art Railway Auditorium where many stage shows are organizes on various occasions. The souvenir shop is also installed in the premises of the National Railway Museum which has many famous books, models and gift items of the rail theme.
The outdoor Gallery of National Railway Museum New Delhi:
The open space is utilized by the museum authorities to depict heavy, real size exhibits. There are many gauges, coaches and locomotives being stationed in the open area for the visitors to see. Dating from the early times when steam engines were used to modern day saloons, the open gallery holds all of them. Proper paths have been constructed so that the visitors do not feel any congestion during their visit to the National Railway Museum.
Aakansha - The special section:
This Aakansha section is specially developed for the visually challenged visitors. Aakansha has details of the History of the Indian railways, its tracks, coaches, wagons, locomotives and many more in Braille Script. This enables the visually challenged visitors to acquire knowledge about the Indian Railway. Many models have also been placed in this section which allowed to be touched by the visually challenged visitors so that they can understand the shape of the models easily.
For physically challenged persons, wheel chair facility is also there which is provided by the National Railway Museum authorities.
The entire visit of the National Railway Museum takes about 2 - 3 hours. The visit to the indoor and the outer area is an excellent medium of inculcating the knowledge about the Indian Railways to the common people. The visit to the NRM, apart from an educative experience could also satisfy other interests of leisure, enjoyment etc.
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