The heritage museum at Mumbai CSMT has gone live! The museum, which showcases the heritage and relics of India’s first railway line, has worked upon and converted the static exhibits at the museum into live ones, with one steam engine now moving on a small track and emitting smoke, the model of another steam loco lighting up its boiler and the first electric local train raising up its power collectors.
“Central Railway is the birthplace of Indian Railways. Formerly called, the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, the railway has rich heritage to be showcased. The Mumbai CSMT building is already a UNESCO-listed site and a small team undertakes guided ticketed tours the museum inside. To improve visitor interest, several of the displayed artefacts/ models in the CSMT heritage gallery have been worked-upon & converted ‘LIVE’,” Central Railway chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said.
Sutar said that to start with the scale model replica of the Barsi Light Railway that stands at the entrance of the museum now moved on its own tracks and emits smoke. “All other parameters like headlamp and side-lights also glow. The model has been manufactured at Kurduwadi Workshop of Central Railway in 1988-89.
It was a static model. This has been brought to life by installing an electric motor to motorise the loco wheels, sound was brought-in of the loco moving & the chimney now spews smoke.
The LIVE model is already an attraction and now entralls all visitors. It has already become a centre-piece of several impromptu videos and selfies.
“The second one to go live is a scale model of the 1st Loco of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR). The boiler, is now “lighted” & the model blows smoke, as if its ready to huff-puff once more as it did over a century ago. The third interesting development is the first model of the local train which now has a moving pantograph (power collectors) and synchronised interior lights.
As the panto connects to the overhead wires, the interior lights of the model coach light-up, much to the fascination of every visitor,” he added. “The old and nostalgic Edmondson Ticket Stamping machine that all of us have grown up also works now.
All visitors will get a stamped Railway Ticket as a souvenir! In this age of online mobile-read tickets, the old cardboard small-size railway ticket is a fascinating slice of rail heritage.
To make the experience more fascinating, the once-defunct Edmondson ticket stamping machine has been made alive with the visitor getting to stamp a specimen cardboard rail ticket.
The visitor can keep the stamped Rail ticket as a souvenir & a token of remembrance of his/ her visit to the CSMT heritage gallery,” he added.