Exhibits in Railway Museum
Most of the elements exhibiting in the museum were once housed in Mysore Palace. Railway Museum has locomotives and a gallery, called Chamundi gallery, of photographs and paintings depicting the growth of railways in India. Railway signals and lights are also displayed. There is a battery-operated mini-train to give a short ride of the museum campus for children.
The Sri Ranga Pavilion in Railway Museum houses two royal coaches. These coaches belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore (Wodeyar Dynasty Kings) and give an idea about the grand regal fashion in which the royalty travelled. There is a saloon carriage of Maharani which has a kitchen, dining car unit and royal toilet dating back to 1899.
The Railway Museum exhibits a 1925 Austin Railway Car (railcar) model as well, originally an automobile made for running on road. It was later sold to a scrap dealer. A railway employee brought this car from the dealer and restored it. However, he made few major changes to the car. He fitted rail wheels to the car and removed the steering. In this way, it began its journey as a railcar. It was used for carrying inspection officials on track which could carry 6 people.
YP2511 meter gauge steam engine is also displayed in Railway Museum, built by Telco in 1963. Along with this, Wagnall 119-E, a narrow gauge steam engine built by WG Wagnall and Co. Ltd in 1900, is also exhibited here. This steam engine, used wood instead of coal, to travel between Bangalore and Tumkur.
Visiting information to Railway Museum
Railway Museum is located just opposite of the Central Food Technology and Research Institute on Krishnaraja Sagar Road.
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