Rail Museum will be Capital’s biggest Tourist Attraction: Suresh Prabhu

Revamped National Rail Museum in the Capital: Find the food train, visit ‘rail garden’, chug back in time. The museum witnessed nearly 3.9 lakh visitors last year.

Suresh MuseumNew Delhi: The newly-renovated National Rail Museum here will be the biggest tourist attraction in the capital, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday said.

Spread over 11 acres, the NRM has been renovated at an estimated cost of Rs.24 with additions of many attractions like miniature train, indoor gallery, simulators, rail garden and rail restaurant.

“It has been made in a magnificent way. It is a great place to visit with family,” Prabhu said after inaugurating the redone facility. He said a rail museum is a place to reminisce about the past and how to face the challenges of the future.  Inaugurating the landmark property in the heart of the capital Tuesday, Suresh Prabhu said the museum has the potential to be a major tourist attraction. “We hope that it has become a great place for the whole family to spend time together,” Prabhu said.

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The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and the Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha at the inauguration of the Renovated National Rail Museum, in New Delhi on January 05, 2016

“Railways is a byproduct of industrialisation and since then railways has grown by leaps and bound. This is history now. But now there are challenges before railways. Financial challenge, technological challenge, managerial challenge. We need strategy to face the new challenges, he said.

Prabhu also launched the National Rail Museum website on the occasion.

The National Rail Museum has finally taken a leap towards the future with a massive renovation that aims to combine heritage and history with modern technology.

On the many challenges facing the service, he said, “There are challenges before railways… financial challenge, technological challenge and managerial challenge. We need a strategy to face the new challenges”.

Suresh at NRMAs part of the renovation, about 75 major exhibits have been restored to their original glory. The new attractions of the museum include a miniature train, along with locomotive simulators with 3D effects, complete with virtual reality.

A visitor to the museum also gets the chance to be featured on the front page of the in-house magazine NRM Times, and take home a personalised copy.

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The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu launching the Mobile App at the inauguration of the Renovated National Rail Museum, in New Delhi on January 05, 2016

The renovated indoor gallery takes visitors on a journey that starts from the early era of transportation to the latest and sometimes futuristic designs. Among the other attractions is a ‘Rail Garden’ — a garden-scale model layout that depicts trains running in different terrains across India, passing through various historic stations.

Visitors can also grab a bite to eat at the new restaurant, which boasts of a replica of the Central Dome of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, and a “food serving train”.

Spread over 11 acres, the museum’s exhibits comprise more than 90 vintage steam, diesel and electric locomotives, cranes and wagons.

Last year, the museum had received nearly 3.9 lakh visitors.

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