The National Rail Museum, Delhi, India.
If you like looking at old railway engines then the excellent National Rail Museum at Delhi has a surprising variation and amount of old Indian steam and diesel locomotives on show.
This is one of the cheapest places to visit in Delhi that we found with amazingly the same entrance
fees being applied to non-Indians as well as Indians - around 25 Rupees each. This is really good Museum which is located at Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi and only a 5 minute ride from the really pleasant Lodi Gardens in Delhi.
The N.R.M is open all year round from 09:30 to 17:00 - note the Railway Museum is closed on Mondays. There are many old
Indian steam and diesel locomotives on display including some very well preserved saddle-tank engines plus there are various carriages, freight wagons and a couple of railway breakdown cranes. The entrance fee also allows you into an indoor museum where there are quite a few models as well as old signal
equipment, models, old railway photographs and so on. For children and perhaps adults too there are short "toy" train rides available and also a boating lake (both of these are at a small extra cost - you can buy relevant tickets at the entrance booth).[ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]
EM207 saddle Tank engine
Breakdown wagon 8547
Diesel engine 17000
The Saloon used by the Gaekwad Baroda State Railway (above photo). Built by the Pratap Nagar Workshops at Baroda, this carriage was initially used by the royal family of Maharaja Gaekwad until the 1950s. The internal compartments comprised of a bedroom, lounge, kitchen and toilets and the fittings were made from teak. Other luxury fittings were
features such as several different designs of windows, a variety of electrical fittings and an ice-cooler. The carriage sits on two 4-wheeled bogies and the only braking was a hand brake on one of the bogies.
The second photo above shows a beautiful little saddle tank number EM207 attached to a royal carriage. Built in 1875 at the Agra Workshops for use by the Rajputana Malway Railway the carriage was used by the Prince of Wales during his tour of India for the Royal Durbar in 1876. Presented in a milky white colour and made from metal the carriage had seats for 4 armed guards, featured sunshades on both sides and had emblems of the British Crown painted on both sides.
Diesel Engine 18001
Diesel Engine 4502
Diesel shunter SR203
Electric Engine 20202
Electric powered railcar 35
Sir Roger Lumley 4006
NRM Steam engine
Steam Engine B777
Indian Saddle Tank Steam engine number MTR-2. This is a local shunting and freight engine which was built in 1910 by Dick, Kerr and Co in England. The engine originally worked at the port of Karachi for 7 years and then was used at Marala Timber Depot before ending up on the Northern Railway at a Creosote Plant at Dilwan.
Indian Steam Engine F-734. F-734 is particularly notable because it was the first locomotive to be completely manufactured in India. It was built at the Ajmer Shops belonging to the Rajputana Malwa Railway in 1895 and weighed 38 tons.
Saddle Tank steam engine. This small 16 ton B-class "saddle-tank" steam engine numbered B-777 was built in 1889 by Sharp Stewart & Co. at their Atlas Works in Glasgow, Scotland. B-777 worked regularly for some 61 years and saw service on the Siliguri-Darjeeling Section of the North Frontier Railway.
Jaipur Tank engine 643TJ
Mathernon 899 railcar
NRM steam engine
On the above row is shown an unusual old Mathernon railcar MLR-899. The chain-driven narrow-gauge railcar sat on a Ransomes-Rapier-engine-turntable is numbered 899 and used to run on the Neral to Matheran line. Constructed in 1932 the wooden compartment could carry 12 passengers at most and was used on the Matheran Light Railway - the wheel arrangement of having a 4-wheeled bogie at the front is quite unusual.
The photo next to it is of Steam Engine X-373885. This beautifully shaped Indian Railways Engine was built in 1920 by the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works at Winterthur and was used on the Nilgrwri Rack Railway on the route between Metto Upalavan and D. Oooty. The features of the engine are that on steep gradients it is driven by a 2-cylinder powered rack wheel then on flat sections just by a normal 2
Old guards van
Old railway carriage
Small crane wagon
Small goods wagon
Steam engine RD688
Steam engine with crane
Steam Engine 36863XT
NRM Tank Engine
Having travelled a little on the present Indian Railways network there does not seem to be a lot of difference on the standard and quality of the "Old railway carriage" pictured two rows above and the stuff you still have to use these days. The picture above of the Indian Railways "steam engine with crane" had a crane attached onto the engine itself - this was used for light lifting duties in railway and other workshops
where quick but mobile lifts were required - much more flexible than the small crane wagons.
Steam Engine 31652
Steam Engine 688
Steam engine 911X gm
Steam Engine P-31652. This extremely beautiful Indian Steam Engine numbered P-31652 was built at the Rajputana Malwa Railway's Admer Workshop in 1922 and was initially used for mail express duties. The original design had 54 inch driving wheels but these were changed to larger 5t7 inch wheels to allow faster passenger duties.
Beyer Garratt Steam Engine BNR-815 (Bengal Nagpur Railway)
shown below. This huge 230 ton Beyer-Garratt designed steam engine is really impressive - it was built in Manchester in England by Beyer Peacock & Co Ltd. The idea of the design was to get huge traction capability from having two power bogies but spread the corresponding weight of these and the engine over a large number of wheels. The engine could therefore pull much more weight on railway lines where the track ballast foundations were quite light and where bridges and culverts etc. were not that strongly made.
Engine M2 162
Two diesel engines
small freight wagon
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