New Delhi rail museum restores famous relic

13th Feb 2013

Visitors to the National Rail Museum (NRM) in New Delhi have been encouraged to enjoy a historical train ride after a relic of India's Patiala State Monorail Tramway (PSMT) was restored.

While the original tramway operated four locomotives on two routes in Patiala over two decades from 1907 to 1927, the modern version will simply run on a 10-minute loop.

A locomotive and a saloon of the old PSMT have been brought back to life for the museum. The train will be available to ride at a cost of Rs 200 for adults and Rs 100 for children. The number of trips per day will be based on demand.

"With help from the (railways') Amritsar workshop, Rewari Steam Shed staff and NRM staff the loco has been brought back into operational condition," said NRM director Uday Singh Mina.

"It takes up to three hours just to light up the steam engine, but after that the train will run without problems as one keeps charging it with coal."

Railway Board chairman Vinay Mittal launched the PSMT and audio guide facility for visitors at the 37th Museum Foundation Day. The audio guide system will walk visitors through the museum and is available in both Hindi and English.

The museum attracts between 1,700 and 1,800 visitors on average each day, although that figure can reach 5,500, according to museum officials.

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