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Get On Board This Railway Museum For Under INR 25 & Gawk At Vintage Coaches, Toy Trains & More

Gautham posted on 20th March

Ten-Second Takeaway

Spread out over 6.25 acres, the Regional Railways Museum has collections of steam engines which date back to the the early decades of the British Raj. The indoor gallery features photographs showing the complete evolution of the Indian Railways as well as the Integral Coach Factory!

All Aboard!

Buy your tickets at the counter, which is designed similar to a railway coach! Priced moderately at INR 25, you can visit both galleries, the indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as get on the toy train that will take you around the premises.

When at the indoor galleries, you can look at over 150 photographs detailing the early years and evolution of the Integral Coach Factory {ICF} and the Indian Railways. Also, there are life-sized scale models and artefacts right from the colonial times here too!

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At the outdoor exhibits, there are over 40 models of trains which include the more recognisable 1860s double decker coach, the open air and luxury train coaches. Also, there are model trains made from countries around the world including Sri Lanka, Philippines and Vietnam at the museum.

Don’t forget to see John Fowler’s single cylinder steam engine in front of the new gallery which was used to plough agricultural land and it’s a wonder that he made this in 1895! Want to see something else cool? There is a solar-powered light right next to the Accident Relief Train {ART} which is an interesting initiative by the ICF. Other interesting sights would be the Niligiri Mountain Railway coach, an inspection car and and the Diamond Jubilee gallery to know more about the ICF.

Taking kids along? Don’t worry, there is also a playground that will keep them happy. With plans for a park inside the premises and an air-conditioned coach with a restaurant, this place is a must visit for those train enthusiasts or anyone looking to do a bit of sight-seeing in the city!

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ICF Furnishing Division, New Avadi Road, Villivakkam, Lakshmipuram, Chennai

Rail Museum

Villivakkam
Museums