The Regional Rail Museum in Howrah, inaugurated in 2006, is a treasure
trove for railway enthusiasts. On display is the history of Eastern
Railway, Howrah Station, and other railway divisions in the eastern part
of the country.
Recently, the museum went for a major makeover.
New items include models of old telephones that Indian Railways
officials used over the years and presently are obsolete, an old
timetable, models of old wall clocks, and models of traditional
signalling systems, among others.
These items were acquired by
the museum due to the efforts of Eastern Railway general manager, RK
Gupta, who sent requests to all the principal heads of all the
departments and all the divisions to send heritage items they had in
their possession to the museum.
Other interesting artefacts would
soon be added to the house of heritage, that are a part of plans to
incorporate more contemporary materials. The museum would display the
rakes of Sanskriti Express, the train that travelled throughout the
country to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath
Tagore. Efforts are on to display the narrow gauge rake and the engine
that commissioned the broad gauge conversion track in 2013.
Rail Museum is home to more than 150-year-old steam locomotives,
carriages, saloon cars, century-old drawings, forms, documents, and a
fascinating collection of philately. It also displays the pictorial
history of East Indian Railway (a division which no longer exists),
Eastern Railway, East Central Railway, East Coast Railway, South Eastern
Railway, Northeast Frontier Railway, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works and
Metro Railway, Kolkata.
All these provide a fascinating glimpse into the rich heritage of the railway system in the country.Feature image: pakwheels.com