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.