Mysore Sightseeing – The Railway Museum was established in the year 1979 under the supervision of Indian Railways, the second such museum after the National Railway Museum in Delhi.
The Railway Museum of Mysore is an interesting place to know about the spectacular journey of the railways in India spanning a period of more than 150 years.
A major attraction of the Railway Museum at Mysore is the Maharani’s Saloon. This royal carriage dates back to 1899 and has a kitchen, a dining car unit and a royal toilet.
Another unique feature of the museum is the Sri Ranga Pavilion that houses two royal coaches. These coaches belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore and give you an idea about the grand fashion in which the royalty traveled. Another interesting exhibit in the Rail Museum is the Maharani’s saloon carriage that has a kitchen, dinning car unit and royal toilet dating back to 1899. Most of the exhibits in the museum were once housed in Mysore Palace. The first steam engine that was built is exhibited here and has been preserved very well. Among the other things exhibited here are steam engines, signals etc. The museum also has a battery-operated mini-train that takes you on a ride around the grounds of the museum. This toy train is the main attraction for small children.
Some of the major attractions of the Mysore Railway Museum are
An ES 506 4-6-2 locomotive
An Austin Railway Car, built from 1925 Austin model
A YP #2511 made by Telco in 1963
Two royal coaches that belonged to the Maharajas of Mysore, the Wodeyar kings.
The Maharani’s Saloon carriage with a dining car unit, a kitchen and a royal toilet, dating back to 1899
A W.G. Bagnall # 1625 that was built in 1900
Built by North British Locomotive Co. in 1920, – Class E # 37244 4-4-4T from Surrey Iron Railway (SIR), one of the three superheated locomotives.
Built by W.G. Bagnall in 1932 – Class TS/1 #37338 2-6-2T from Southern Railway (SR) for Mysore State Railways
Mysore Railway Museum Timings
Mysore Railway museum timings are 10.00 AM to 5.30 PM. Visitors can visit this museum is open on all days of the week except on Monday.
Visitors are charged a minimal entry fee for exploring the marvellous collection at this railway museum. Entry fee for adults is said to be Rs.15 per person while for child it is Rs.10 only.
Reaching Railway Museum Mysore
Mysore Railway Museum is easily accessible as it is located quite near to the railway station of Mysore. From the city centre it is about 3 km away. It is located on the Krishnaraja Sagar Road (KRS Road), standing opposite to the CFT Research Institute. Tourists can take a hired taxi or auto rickshaw to the museum. If commuting by bus then also there won’t be any hassle, as many Mysore city buses run via railway museum.