Howrah Rail Museum promises a visual treat to visitors
With some new additions like Sanskriti Express, the Rail Museum at Howrah, which witnesses a footfall of over 25,000 per month, promises to give a visual treat to visitors. Apart from Sanskriti Express, the Eastern Railway (ER) has added a model of <g data-gr-id="30">old</g> <g data-gr-id="31">signaling</g> system, old telephones, timetable and wall clocks, among other items.
The Sanskriti Express traversed across India to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. The ER is trying to beautify the facility by adding some more items and beautify the museum. For instance, the narrow gauge rake and engine released from the Bandel-Katwa section for gauge conversion will be brought to <g data-gr-id="28">museum</g>.
These additions take visitors on a ride to ER’s history and heritage. The inclusions have been made, following the instructions of RK Gupta, general manager, ER.
The museum was inaugurated on April 7, 2006. Pictures of East Indian Railway, ER, East Central Railway, East Coast Railway, South Eastern Railway, Northeast Frontier Railway and Chittaranjan Locomotive Works and Metro Railway, Kolkata have been put on display in the museum. Steam locos over 150 years old, carriages and salon cars have also been preserved.
The museum houses five kiosks – Vidyut, Virasat, <g data-gr-id="24">Doorsanchar</g>, Smritiyan and Kirtistambh – which throw a light on the evolution of the Railways. The Hall of Heritage gives a glimpse into the rich history of the East Indian Railway.