Rail Museum, Mysore

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Timings : 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Closed on Mondays.

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : Free

Rail Museum, Mysore Overview

The Mysore Rail Museum is the second of its kind in India, right after the National Railways Museum of Delhi. It was built in the year 1979 by the Indian Railways and has been the safehouse of Railway collectables ever since. The museum basically depicts the journey and development of the Indian railways through an opulent collection of photographs and various other items. With a plethora of information and insight into the intricacies of the railway engine, Mysore Rail Museum is especially enjoyable for children up to 10 years of age.

The Rail Museum has a captivating collection of locomotives. Most of the exhibits were earlier placed at the Mysore Palace which was later shifted here. The museum has an interesting collection of displays. The first steam engine along with the first signals made is exhibited here. There are also wooden pillars and doors belonging to the Old Srirangapatna railway station. The other fascinating display here includes a wide range of lights, tickets, ticketing machines, clocks, signal signs, and a hand-operated the steam water pump. There is a battery-operated mini toy train that takes the tourists around the grounds of the museum.

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Major Attractions of Rail Museum

The major attractions of the Rail Museum can be summed up as follows;-

1. An Austin Railway Car:  Originally used as an automobile made for running on the road, the Austin Railway Car was sold off to a scrap dealer from where it was salvaged by a railway employee. Seeing its potential, he restored the automobile and fitted it with rail wheels and removed the steering wheel. From then on, it was mainly used as a railcar and was used to carry inspection officials to their destination and could carry six people in a single go.
2. YP 2511: YP2511 was a meter gauge steam engine built by Telco in the year 1963. 
3. Wagnall 119-E: This was another narrow gauge steam engine which was built by WG Wagnall and Co. Ltd in the year 1900. This engine was numbered NWR NG tank loco no: 119 E. An interesting fact about this engine is that it used wood as fuel as opposed to the more popular coal. It covered the route between Bangalore and Tumkur. 

Other collectables worthy of a mention include railway coaches used by the Maharaja of Mysore, saloon carriage of the Maharani and a working model of a steam locomotive. Chamundi Gallery and Sri Ranga Pavilion are prominent parts of the museum that have pictures and paintings of the railway revolution on display. 

Ticket Prices at Mysore Rail Museum

The entrance fee to Mysore Railway Museum can be summed up as follows:-

Adults: INR 15 per person 
Children: INR 10 per person 
Still Camera: INR 20 
Video Camera: INR 30 
Toy Train Ride: INR 10 per head 

How To Reach Rail Museum, Mysore

The Rail Museum is located very near to the Mysore railway station and hence, easily accessible through various modes of transport. It is about 3 km from the city centre. You can hire an autorickshaw, taxi or bus that run regularly from various points in the city.

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Pooja Manohar 1 year ago
It's a waste to visit this museum with children because no toy train and full of dust. Last week I went with my child to show museum and to play but I was very much disappointed. don't go anyone waste of money. Instead visit shukavana it's really nice and no entry fees here they will charge 20 rs each but nothing is there to enjoy.

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