A toy train would be introduced inside the premises for children

Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Misra on Tuesday inaugurated the rail museum building constructed near the Tiruchi Junction.

Mr. Misra went around the new building and offered some suggestions to the divisional railway officials.

The museum building has been constructed on an area of over 9,000 square feet at a cost of over Rs. 1 crore. The Railway Board had sanctioned funds for setting up the museum at Tiruchi.

Public access

Although the new building has been opened, the museum is expected to be thrown open to public in April to coincide with summer holidays, said railway officials.

A toy train would be operated within the sprawling museum premises for children visiting the museum.

The museum would be opened to public after laying the toy train track, completion of landscaping, and placing glass cupboards to display the artefacts and objects used by the railway during the British rule.

The museum will showcase the rich heritage of the erstwhile South Indian Railway (SIR), the landmark railway construction work executed during the colonial era, rare photographs, and documents providing insights into the developments that took place in different periods.

Exhibits would be displayed both indoor and outdoor to capture the attention of the public.

This includes old lamps, clocks, and other equipment used by the SIR.The old gazettes, railway manuals, books, and articles preserved at present in the Heritage Hall situated within the Divisional Railway Manager’s office would be kept at the museum.