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04-12-2023
National Rail Museum represents 170 years of rich heritage of Indian Railways.

 Emulating the setting of a railway yard, the extensive outdoor gallery houses a variety of steam, diesel and electric locomotives along with fascinating collection of royal saloons, wagons, carriages, armoured trains, rail cars and a turntable. Interactive displays and models exhibited inside the Indoor gallery displays the remarkable stories related to early modes of transportation to latest development over the Indian Railways.

Four iconic real rail size exhibits of National Rail Museum were awarded with IMECHE ENGINEERING HERITAGE AWARD by Mr. Giles Hartill, President of IMechE, London (UK) in the presence of Chief Guest Shri Milind K. Deouskar, Secretary, Railway Board o­n 28.11.2023 at National Rail Museum, New Delhi.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is an independent professional association and learned society headquartered in London, United Kingdom, that represents mechanical engineers and the engineering profession. With over 120,000 members in 140 countries, working across industries such as railways, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, energy, biomedical and construction, the Institution is licensed by the Engineering Council to assess candidates for inclusion o­n its Register of Chartered Engineers, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians.

It is a pride moment for Indian Railways to receive the Engineering Heritage Awards for its exhibits. 

•F1 734 Steam Locomotive -The first steam locomotive manufactured entirely in India. A metre gauge locomotive built in 1895 at Ajmer Workshop to a design by Dübs & Co. Glasgow. It was used for mixed traffic o­n the Rajputana-Malwa Railway (RMR) and later o­n the Bombay, Baroda & Central India Railways (BB&CI) until 1958.

•Patiala State Monorail Tramway (PSMT)- Built by Orenstein & Koppel for the first steam monorail in India, from Sirhind to Alampur and Patiala to Sunam in Punjab.The tramway was designed by C W Bowles using the Ewing system. The locomotive operated from 1909 to around 1927, being restored in 1976.

•John Morris Fire Engine - Built in Salford, Manchester in 1914 and brought to India by the seventh and last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, for the Nizam State Railways' Lallaguda Carriage & Wagon Workshop. It retired in 1960 after nearly four decades and is still in working condition.

•WAG1 20710 Electric Locomotive -The first 25kV AC electric locomotive built in India, was rolled out from Chittaranjan Locomotive Works in 1963.This class of broad-gauge freight locomotives were in service until 2002, contributing to India's development. Weighing 85 tonnes, this 2840 HP locomotive could run at 80 kilometres an hour.

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