Allahabad: A railway exhibition is on in the city to transport people to the era of early trains. North Central Railway has organised the exhibition which contains rare photos and old models right upto the present times.
As one enters the exhibition, there is an old photograph of Mahatma Gandhi in a railway coach being welcomed by people. The Father of the Nation toured the entire country on the instructions of Gopal Krishna Gokhale. History was created through this journey as he laid the foundation of our freedom struggle.
There are other rare photos of a special train carrying the urn containing his ashes when it halted at Tundla and Kanpur stations.
In another photograph, first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru can be seen laying the foundation of Allahabad junction.
It also has a rare photograph of the old Kanpur station whose foundation was laid in 1928 and the structure was completed in 1929. The cost of the building and other structures came to about Rs 20lakh.
The foundation of Indian Railways in the year 1853 made headlines in British newspapers. The exhibition also showcases some of the important bridges of North Central Railway including the completion of about 150 years of Naini bridge on river Yamuna in Allahabad.
The fastest train, Gatimaan Express, which runs between Hazrat Nizamuddin station ( Delhi) and Agra stations, finds place at the exhibition. Its speed is 160 km/hr which is the highest in Indian railways till now.
The exhibition also attempts a look into the future with Talgo coaches. These coaches run at about 200 km/hr and their trial run is expected to be in June. About nine Talgo coaches are arriving on April 21 by a special ship at Mumbai seaport.
These coaches also consume 30 per cent less electricity.