Take delight in gaining insight into the centuries-old means of transportation in India and enjoy a joy ride in the Toy Train at the National Rail Museum in New Delhi. Housing a variety of exhibits illustrating the history of railways and the technologies used in operating the railway network, National Rail Museum is one of the must-visit places in the capital city of India.
Timing: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday closed)
Location: Near Bhutan Embassy, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Entry Fees: Rs50 for adults, Rs10 for children on weekdays, Rs100 for adults, and Rs20 for children on weekends
The railways have been a significant means of transport in India for over two centuries even before we gained independence. Being the largest rail network in the world, Indian railways carry millions of people every day throughout the country. That being said, most people don't know how the railways function and what are the technologies used in managing the rail network. The National Rail Museum located in New Delhi answers all these questions and exhibits an assortment of more than 100 displays of real size Indian railways.
Spreading in an area of 11 acres of land, a visit to the National Rail Museum is a delight not only to the kids but also to older visitors as well. Consisting of India's railway legacy, exclusive exhibits, antique locomotives, train rides, display of technical enhancements done in railways, and much more, the railway museum is one of the must-visit places in Delhi to spend a day off with your family or friends.
Inaugurated on 1st February 1977 by the then Railway Minister Kamalapati Tripathi, the National Railway Museum takes you on an exciting journey where you witness the fascinating history of the Indian railway and its development in the past decades. The Museum showcases the legacy of the British and the Indian royals using the railways along with other exhibits such as 1:8 scale train, coach simulator, diesel simulator, steam simulator, numerous types of signaling instruments, Indian railway ensembles, telecommunication system used in the railway network, antique railway furniture, and even builder plates for the businesses employed in locomotives. Several rail models both in static and working condition are also showcased in the museum which grabs the attention of most of the visitors.
The outdoor gallery of the museum is as exciting as the indoor. The outdoor section imitates a railway yard that houses numerous coaches and engines which includes electric, diesel, and steam locomotives. The section also displays an array of original life-size models of wagons, armored trains, carriages, and rail cars as well which have been preserved for years for the visitors to see. The fun does not end here though. The Museum also has a toy train that takes you on a ride of the entire museum from where you can see all the exhibits displayed outside along with the beautiful and structured gardens. After exploring the entire museum you are bound to feel hungry. Don't worry because the Rail Restaurant inside the museum complex serves fingerlicious food on a small toy train that moves throughout the restaurant and has enough items to quench your hunger pangs. When stepping out of the museum don't forget to buy some souvenirs for you and your family and friends from the souvenir shop.