Mysore Rail Museum to be revamped

Although the recent Railway Budget did not bring much cheers to Mysore region, the Southern Mysore Railway, Mysore division, has planned to upgrade the Railway Museum at a cost of 4.62 crore.

Raj Kumar Lal, Divisional Railway Manager, SWR, addressing media persons, here, on Friday, announced that the Railway, Board, New Delhi, during the year 2008-09 has approved the proposal for the development of the Rail Museum in the city. He said, a new layout would be outlined and more railway vintage collections will be added to the existing collection.

He explained, Nagendra Dengle and Associates, Pune, has been engaged to prepare a layout plan, design structures, drawing, estimate and tender schedule. The museum would introduce a new diesel operated toy train at a cost of Rs 21.76 lakh. It was manufactured at the Central Workshops, Mysore, and would replace the old toy train, said Lal.

Since the Maharani Saloon, which is a prized possession of the museum, heritage items and other artifacts in the Rail Museum are in bad condition, steps have been initiated for their conservation through the Regional Conservation Laboratory. Lal added that the museum will also have a sound and light show as another attraction.

The Rail Museum, set up at Mysore in the year 1979 by Indian Railways, is the second such museum after the National Railway Museum in New Delhi. It has a footfall of around 200 visitors per day. Entry fee is Rs 5 for adults and Rs 2 for children.

The Railway Museum at Mysore, India is an outdoor exhibit of vintage locomotives. The Railway Museum was established in 1979 by Indian Railways, the second such museum after the National Railway Museum in Delhi. The museum is opposite the Central Food Technology and Research Institute on Krishnaraja Sagar Road. It has locomotives and a gallery of photographs and paintings depicting the growth of railways in India. Railway signals and lights are also displayed. The museum has a battery-operated mini-train giving a short ride for children on the grounds.