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Delhi Historical Tourism Destination National Rail Museum



National Rail Museum is located in Chanakyapuri Delhi. India’s railways has a route length of approximately 41826 Miles. This museum encapsulates the history of indian railway. It was opened in 1977 having 10 acres approximately in total area.A toy train offers rides around that site on regular days. Museum remains open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Tuesday to Sunday. Last entry 4.30 pm, last 1:8 toy train and joy train round at 4:45pm. It remains closed on every Monday and National Holidays. The idea for this museum was initially thought of in 1962. It first took concrete shape in 1970, under the advisory of Michael Graham Satow, a rail enthusiast. On 7 October 1971, the foundation stone was laid by then President V. V. Giri at the present site in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The museum was inaugurated as the Rail Transport Museum on 1 February 1977 by Kamalapati Tripathi, the Minister for Railways. Its name was later changed to National Rail Museum in 1995. Here we can see following trains. Patiala State Monorail Trainways.



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It was a unique rail-guided, partially road-borne railways system running in Patiala from 1907 to 1927. Maharaja Sir Bhupinder Singh of Patiala who was born on 12 October 1891 & was died on 23 March 1938. He got this unique railway system constructed to facilitate movement of people and goods in his state. The chief engineer of this project was Colonel C. W. Bowles. Colonel Bowles has earlier successfully used monorail based on Ewing Systemduring his stint as engineer during laying of tracks for Bengal Nagpur Railway for transportation of construction materials. Maharaja Sir Bhupinder Singh made him chief Engineer for the PSMT project. One of the objects of PSMT was to make use of the 560 mules being maintained by Patiala State. The total distance covered by PSMT was 50 miles.



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Fire Engine:
Fairy Queen
Kalka Shimla Rail Bus
Matheran Rail Car No 8899
Fireless steam locomotive
Steam Locomotive A-885 HASANG
Steam Locomotive X-37385
MG Diesel SR 203 ( Fowler Diesel )
Electric Locomotive YCG -E1/21900
Betty Tramways ( Fowler Diesel )
Electric locomotive Sir Roger Lumley
Electric locomotive 4502
Saloon of Prince of Wales
Saloon of Maharaja of Indore
Saloon of Maharaja of Mysore




Kamalapati Tripathi:


He was an Indian politician, writer, journalist, and freedom fighter. He was a senior Indian National Congress leader from Varanasi constituency. He served as 7th Chief Minister of  Uttar Pradesh from 4 April 1971 – 13 June 1973. He was also a Union Minister for Indian Railways. He was born on 3-sep-1905 & was died on 1990 at the age of approximately 85 years.




Varahagiri Venkata Giri:


He was born 10 August 1894 & was died on 24 June 1980. He was the fourth president of India from 24 August 1969 to 24 August 1974. He was the only person to be elected as an independent candidate. He was succeeded by Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed as president in 1974. After the end of his full term, Giri was honoured by the Government of India with the Bharat Ratna in 1975. Giri died on 24 June 1980. His great grandson V. Giri Shankar is an Advocate of the Madras High Court, Chennai. He was born in Berhampur, Odisha to a Telugu Niyogi Brahmin family. His father, V. V. Jogayya Pantulu, was a successful lawyer and political activist of the Indian National Congress. His mother Subhadramma was active in the national movement in Berhampur during the Non Cooperation and Civil Disobedience Movements and was arrested for leading a strike for prohibition during the Civil Disobedience Movement. He was married to Saraswati Bai and the couple had 14 children. He was active in both Indian and Irish politics during his studies. Along with fellow Indian students he produced a pamphlet documenting the abuse of Indians in South Africa. The pamphlet was intercepted by Indian Political Intelligence and resulted in increased police scrutiny of Giri and his fellow students in Dublin. Meanwhile, anonymous articles were written by Indian students for the newspaper of the Irish Volunteers and in The National Student, a UCD student magazine. He was suspected of association with prominent ring leaders in the 1916 Rising including James Connolly, PH Pearse and the young Éamon de Valera. Giri was called to the Irish Bar on 21 June 1916 but he did not complete his studies for BA in UCD. Indian students were subjected to police raids following the 1916 Rising and Giri recounts how he was served with one month’s notice to leave Ireland on 1 June 1916. He was closely associated with the labour and trade union movement in India throughout his career. Giri was a founding member of the All India Railwaymen’s Federation which was formed in 1923 and served as its general secretary for over a decade. He was elected president of the All India Trade Union Congress for the first time in 1926. He also founded the Bengal Nagpur Railway Association and in 1928 led the workers of the Bengal Nagpur Railway in a non violent strike for the rights of retrenched workers. The strike succeeded in forcing the British Indian government and the management of the railway company to concede the workers’ demands and is regarded as a milestone in the labour movement in India.In 1929, the Indian Trade Union Federation was formed by Giri, N. M. Joshi and others with Giri as the president. The split with the AITUC came about over the issue of cooperating with the Royal Commission on Labour. Giri and the ITUF leadership of liberals decided to cooperate with the Commission while the AITUC decided to boycott it. The ITUF merged with the AITUC in 1939 and Giri became president of the AITUC for a second time in 1942. He was the Workers’ Delegate of the Indian delegation at the International Labour Conference of the ILO in 1927. At the Second Round Table Conference, Giri was present as a representative of the industrial workers of India. Giri worked towards getting the trade unions to support the freedom movement in India and was twice president of the AITUC which was closely allied with the Indian National Congress.


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