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Expo: Students looking at the miniature of a locomotive engine in the Scouting Centenary Express at North Coimbatore Junction on Wednesday. —
Expo: Students looking at the miniature of a locomotive engine in the Scouting Centenary Express at North Coimbatore Junction on Wednesday. —

Staff Reporter

The coaches will return to Egmore Railway Station on January 18 and remain there till January 20

Coimbatore: The Scouting Centenary Express with three coaches as Exhibition on Wheels visited Coimbatore North Junction on Wednesday.

Scout troop

Organisers said that in 1909, Bishop Cotton School in Bangalore under the leadership of Baker took the lead of starting a Scout troop and got affiliated to the British Boy Scouts in London. This led to the birth of scout units in various schools across the country. Hence, 2009 is being celebrated as the centenary year of scouting in India.

To commemorate the Centenary of Scouting in India, Southern Railway and State Bharat Scouts and Guides have developed an exhibition on wheels.

Three rail coaches are being utilised for the purpose of exhibition on wheels. One coach solely depicts the heritage of Indian Railways.

The remaining two coaches are exclusively on scouting.

Posters depicting the fundamentals of scouting, the scheme of advancement and scout leaders who played a significant role for the development of the movement at the national as well as State level are displayed.

The expo also showcases various types of decorations and awards in scouting and guiding based activities organised by the Southern Railway, involvement of scouts and guides in a wide variety of awareness projects, special drives, service rendered during natural calamities such as tsunami, adventure activities, personality development, leadership and team building training programmes are displayed in these coaches. Besides this, the models of various types of twoers, bridges and handicraft materials prepared by the Scouts and Guides are displayed. A good number of scouting/guiding literature form part of those on display.

The Expo on wheels was inaugurated by the General Manager of Southern Railway, Deepak Krishnan, Patron of the State Bharat Scouts and Guides at the Chennai Egmore Railway Station on December 21. The expo on wheels had already visited Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode and Coimbatore.

The expo will be visiting Palakkad on December 31, 2009 and January 1, Ernakulam (January 2), Thiruvananthapuram (January 3 and 4), Kanyakumari (January 5), Nagercoil (January 6), Tirunelveli (January 7), Madurai (January 8 and 9), Dindigul (January 10), Tiruchirapalli from January 11 to 16, Villuppuram (January 17).

Later the coaches would return to Egmore Railway Station on January 18 and will remain there up to January 20 to facilitate public viewing.

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