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National Rail Museum


The National Rail Museum located in Chanakya Puri, New Delhi is a must see site in Delhi. It is a museum dedicated to the rail heritage of India. It has a collection of over 100 live sized trains displayed both indoors and outdoors on 10 acres of land that the museum is spread over. The museum opened on the 1st of February in 1977. There is a display of vintage trains outside the museum and indoors is a display of various artefacts and the history behind the ancient trains.

The Rail Museum has on display one of the oldest locomotives of the world, dating back to the year 1889, the Vice regal Dining Car. Prince of Wales Saloon (1875), Maharaja of Baroda's Saloon (1886), and Maharaja of Mysore's Saloon (1899) are some of the other vintage locomotives on display. The interiors of these royal saloons give an idea of royalty and the intricate and sophisticated designs that went into building these locomotives, which is a must see.

Besides these, the most important and the oldest locomotive housed in the Rail Museum is The Fairy Queen, which was built in the year 1855, and the best part is that this steam engine is still operational and functional.

Some of the other locomotives to look out for are the single rail track Patiala State Monorail Trainways designed by Col. Bowels, built in the year 1907 and connected the 6 miles distance between Sirhind and Bassi. One out of the only two fire engines that exist in the world today, The Morris Fire Engine built by the fire engineers John Morris and Sons from Manchester in the year 1914 is another historical train on display in The National Rail Museum.

Best time to visit

The National Rail Museum is fit to visit anytime during the year, however if you want to avoid the heat and the rainy season then the best time to visit the museum would be between October and March.


On weekend, there is a toy train ride that goes around the museum ground for children.

The steam engine on display in the museum is one of India’s very first trains that ran from Thane to Mumbai, in 1853.


The timings during summer are from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and then from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

The timings for winters are from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.

The museum is closed on Mondays.

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