The National Rail Museum, Delhi, India.

Steam Engine B26 - 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).
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Baroda Royal Carriage - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
Baroda Carriage
A beautiful EM207 ex Indian Railway saddle Tank engine - National Rail Museum Delhi, India.
EM207 saddle Tank engine
Heavy ex Indian Railway breakdown wagon 8547 - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
Breakdown wagon 8547
ex Indian Railway Diesel engine 17000 - National Rail Museum Delhi, India.
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 number 18001 ex Indian Railway - National Rail Museum Delhi, India.
Diesel Engine 18001
Diesel Engine 4502 - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
Diesel Engine 4502
A small ex Indian Railway diesel shunter numbered SR203 - National Rail Museum Delhi, India.
Diesel shunter SR203
Overhead electric powered Indian Railway Engine 20202 - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
Electric Engine 20202
Electric powered railcar 35 - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
Electric powered railcar 35
Indian Railway Engine Bidhan 20710 - National Rail Museum Delhi, India.
Bidhan 20710
Indian Railway Steam Engine Sir Roger Lumley 4006 - National Rail Museum Delhi, India.
Sir Roger Lumley 4006
NRM small steam engine ex Indian Railway - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
NRM Steam engine
India steam engine FMA 37302 - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
FMA 37302
Indian Steam engine RMR F734 - National Rail Museum Delhi, India.
RMR F734
Indian steam engine MTR 2 - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
MTR 2
Very small and excellent Steam Engine B777 - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
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.

B-777 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 - National Rail Museum Delhi, India.
Jaipur Tank engine 643TJ
Mathernon 899 railcar - National Railway Museum in Delhi, India.
Mathernon 899 railcar
 ex Indian Railway Steam Engine RMR37385x - National Rail Museum Delhi, India.
RMR37385x
A beautiful NRM Indian steam engine - type unknown - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
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 cylinder drive.
Old Indian Railways guards van - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
Old guards van
Old Indian railways carriage at the National Rail Museum Delhi, India.
Old railway carriage
Small Indian Railways crane wagon - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
Small crane wagon
Small goods wagon ex Indian Railways - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
Small goods wagon
Indian Steam engine RD688 - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
Steam engine RD688
Small Indian Railways steam engine with built-on crane - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
Steam engine with crane
Indian Steam Engine 36863XT - National Rail Museum Delhi, India.
Steam Engine 36863XT
NRM Tank railway Engine (Indian Railways) - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
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.
 ex Indian Railway YCGI 2900 engine - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
YCGI 2900
Steam Engine 31652 ex Indian Railway - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
Steam Engine 31652
Indian Railways old Steam Engine 688 - National Rail Museum Delhi, India.
Steam Engine 688
Steam engine 911X gm - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
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.
A BNR 815 Beyer Garratt steam engine at the National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
BNR 815
Steam Engine M2 162 ex Indian Railway - National Rail Museum Delhi, India.
Engine M2 162
Two old Indian Railways diesel railway engines - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
Two diesel engines
very small railway freight wagon ex Indian Railway - National Rail Museum in Delhi, India.
small freight wagon
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