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‘Rail Museum, Mysore, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

I have for long been an ardent admirer of  the Indian Railways. The way it brings the country together, physically, culturally and emotionally is absolutely amazing. Even now I travel over 5,000 kms by rail every year. During my visit to South two months back I had the occasion to see another nice side of the Indian Railways -a respect for its heritage. I had a little brush with its past through the Railway Museum, Mysore…   …

While in Mysore, one of my Facebook friends and a keen follower of my websites ( & Samresh Biswal, who I had never met, rang me up and and suggested that we meet. I was really touched when next day he came all the way from Bengaluru to Mysore to meet me. Samaresh is a handsome young man- a software entrepreneur, hailing from Orissa. What really impressed me was his insatiable hunger for adventure- he told me that his next trip was to cover the historic Grand Trunk Road, from one end to another, alone on his motor cycle! Bravo Samresh!

He suggested that we take a look at the Rail Museum of Mysore. Unfortunately till then I did not even know that Mysore had a Rail museum.


Entrance to the Mysore railway station.

This museum was established in 1979 by Indian Railways, the second such museum after the National Railway Museum in New Delhi. The museum is on the side of the railway station on Krishnaraja Sagar Road.  It has locomotives and a gallery of photographs and paintings depicting the growth of railways in India. Railway signals and lights are also displayed. The museum has a battery-operated mini-train which provides a short ride to the children.


The imaginatively set up ticket booth at the entrance.


Take a look at the beauties…




An old Inspection car.









 Innovative Rail car

This is a 1925 model Austin, originally  a car manufactured  for running on road. Reportedly it was later sold to a scrap dealer. Thereafter a railway employee brought it from the scrap dealer and restored it making some major changes to the car. He fitted rail wheels to the car and removed the steering. Thus began its journey as a  railcar. It was used for carrying inspection officials on track. It could carry six people. One understands that  it is the only one of its kind in world still in running condition.

An older photo of the Austin rail car (Photo source: Wikipedia)


And a still older photo.

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And that is Samresh (L) with me (R) posing with a real stunner.

(With inputs from the internet)

Photos, text & copyright K.J.S.Chatrath

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3 Responses to “‘Rail Museum, Mysore, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath”

  1. Madhukar says:

    Your wanderlust is just amazing. Let me also confess (a degree of shame) that I did not know of the Rail Museum in Mysore either. The photographs show some rather rare steam engines. The Austin Rail Car is a reflection of human ingenuity in general and of railwaymen in particular. A prime example of the spirit of ‘jugaad’ that exists all over the country. It is doubly interesting for me because I have been trying for the last one year to get the Indian Railways to institute a formal system of recognising and rewarding grassroots level innovation. Alas, I have not even been allowed to walk on to the field what to talk of taking guard and face up to the bowling.

    • chat says:

      Thank you Madhukar for your candid remarks. I do wish you success in trying to get some recognition to the grass-root level innovations in the railways.

      You know I have a feeling, and I do hope that I am wrong, that railways officers above a particular level hardly travel by rail and prefer to travel by air.

      By the way I found a very good collection of old books and reports on railways in this museum. I would be writing about that in my Part II of the article.

  2. Sukhdev Bedi says:

    I think by now Mr.Chatrath has fans all over India and abroad.Your blogs are very informative.


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