With the aim of increasing the visibility of Indian Railways, now more than 150 years old, the National Rail Museum has opened its first souvenir shop at New Delhi railway station.
The shop, which has been designed in a distinct British architectural design with a slanting roof and red brick walls to “refresh the memories of the British Raj era”, has a lot for collectors. The replicas of Fairy Queen, the world’s oldest working steam engines, the old station master’s pocket watches, station clocks and many more are on offer for people with a craze for railway memorabilia.
It also has railways caps, t-shirts, coffee and tea mugs, engine-shaped paperweight and State Railways logo prints for sale.
The diary and calendar for 2013 depict old stations including some of which do not exist.
Children have a special section devoted to them in the shop which has chocolates in steam locomotive shape in pineapple, orange and mango flavours, besides tasty hill rail chocolates in strawberry, raisin and butter scotch flavours
“The souvenir shop has something for every one of the five lakh daily visitors at New Delhi railway station. The price range is from Rs.20 to 5,000. It will warm the hearts of rail aficionados as well as sundry collectors,” said a Railway official.
After the inauguration of the shop, which is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., the rail fans now won’t have to travel all the way to the National Railway Museum in Chanakyapuri.