National Rail Museum, Delhi
Location: The museum housing rail heritage exhibiting, both indoor & outdoor locomotives and train-transport, popularly known as ‘National Rail Museum’ is established at Shanti Path, Near Bhutan Embassy in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. A toy train facilitates ride all around the compound of the museum every day.
Inauguration date: 1st February 1977.
Area: Over 10 acres (40, 000 m2) of land
- Patiala State Monorail Trainways:
- Built by: Orenstein & Koppel
- Designed by: Col. Bowles
- Building Year: 1907
- Based on system: “Ewing System”
- Distance Connectivity: This monorail used to cover 6 miles from Bassi to Sirhind & ran on a track of single rail.
- Design: The load carriers used to run on this mono track and one big iron wheel at the other side was fit to make it consistently balanced that could run upright.
- Functioning duration of the train: Since 1907 till October 1927.
- History of the Monorail: The engine of this train had stopped working in 1927 when better modes of transport were introduced to the people such as cars and buses. In 1962, the theft part of this rail was discovered by a railroad historian Mr. Mike Satow. Afterwards, its one engine was brought back in active condition by the effort of the Northern Railway Workshop at Amritsar. The same entity repaired private inspection car of its engineer and now, both, are demonstrated as the exhibits at National Rail Museum, New Delhi.
- Fairy Queen: It is one of the world’s oldest steam locomotives which are still carrying on its operational services.
- Morris Fire Engine:
- Built by: M/s John Morris and Sons Ltd. of Salford, Manchester
- Building year: 1914
- History and Usage: Two models of fire engine were designed namely Morris-Belsize that still exist in the world today. One is under the conservation of National Rail Museum, New Delhi while other model of 1912 is at the Enfield and District Veteran Vehicle, Whitewebbs Museum of Transport, Clay Hill in London. The preserving entity has replaced its tyres with pneumatic tyres by Dennis Bros. Thus, the only solid rubber tyre fire engine in running mode is kept at national Rail Museum, New Delhi.
- Saloon of Prince of Wales: A special arrangement in the form of this saloon was made for welcoming the arriving Prince of Wales (King Edward VII) on his tour to India.
- Saloon of Maharaja of Indore: This saloon belongs to Holkar Maharaj of Indore.
- Saloon of Maharaja of Mysore: The saloon manufactured with teak, gold and ivory etc. was designed for Maharaja of Mysore.
- Electric Locomotive Sir Leslie Wilson: The WCG-1 locomotive was designed especially for accessing heavily curved coastal areas by the Great Indian Peninsular Railway (presently Central Railway). It’s employees called it with its popular name ‘Khekdas’ (crabs) as it produced moaning sound when it slowed down and swishing while in running motion. It was reserved as shunting locomotive in 1994 at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
- Electric Locomotive Sir Roger Lumley: The locos with unique wheel called WCP-1 engines were brought from the Vulcan Foundry, UK in 1930. These used to run on electricity that operated under 1500 Volts Direct Traction. It was famous as ‘Pune Deccan Queen Express’ during the initial years of its launch. Its replica has been kept for exhibition at Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai.
- Crane Tank
- Kalka Shimla Rail Bus
- Matheran Rail Car No 8899
- Fireless Steam Locomotive
- Steam Locomotive A -885 HASANG
- Steam Locomotive X -373885 – This engine was run for trains to Ooty.
- MG Diesel SR 203 ( Fowler Diesel )
- Electric Locomotive YCG -E1/21900
- Betty Tramways ( Fowler Diesel ) – This railway used to run in Rajkot owned by Rajkot-Beti Tramways