For all the train geeks, National Rail Museum is one of the museums in Delhi you can’t afford to miss. Railways in India was first developed during British’ rule for easy transportation of goods. This move was followed by adding passenger carriage. The first passenger journey was complete in the year 1853 between Bombay and Thane. Since then Indian Railway has seen many changes and advancements and the National Rail Museum is the narration of the journey of Indian Railway from 1853 to today. Part of every Delhi Darshan day sightseeing tour, the museum located in Chanakyapuri, National Rail Museum is a haven for every history and heritage lover.
Opened on February 1, 1977, National Rail Museum has recently gained its reputation to be a major tourist attraction in Delhi with train enthusiasts coming to witness the glorious journey. A remarkable showcase of Indian Railways’ heritage, the museum exhibits some of the oldest steam engines and carriages. The heritage passenger carriages in comparison to modern bogey, stand miles apart. A kid-friendly museum, the museum will excite the kids as well as adults. The museum has some of the rarest exhibitions like the Fairy Queen, the oldest surviving steam engine in the world. There are also many other tourist attractions inside the museum like the 3D simulator, Rail restaurant, and the gift shop. 3D simulator allows you to witness the journey of some of the heritage trains of India and be a passenger on it. Apart from the outdoor display, the museum also boasts of an interior museum which has various modern and retired signalling system. Visitors are also treated with a train ride inside the Museum’s park. You can choose from various heritage train rides ranging from the likes of BPSMT Steam Ride and toy train. A nice place to get photographed in a vintage train, the National Rail Museum is sure to be your favourite museum in Delhi.
Major Highlights of the Museum
- Witness the entire journey of Indian railway, from its maiden voyage to modern advancements.
- Interior museum which displays the Signal system of Indian Railways
- Heritage steam engines like Fair Queen, which is the oldest surviving steam engine
- Collection of royal trains like Prince of Wales’ Saloon and Maharaja of Mysore’ Saloon
- Outdoor gallery featuring miniature operational railway routes and exhibiting heritage trains and engines.
- Train Ride inside the park
- 3D simulators and Rail Museum gift shop
- Railway themed restaurant
Tuesday - Sunday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Closed on Monday and Public holidays
Weekday Entry Charges--- Adults (13 years and above) - INR 50
Children (3-12 years) - INR 10
Weekend Entry Charges --- Adults (13 years and above) - INR 100
Children (3-12 years) - INR 20
Chanakyapuri, Near Bhutan Embassy, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
How to Reach
Nearest Metro Station is Dhaula Kuan(2 km). You can either take Airport Express Line or Pink Line Metro to reach Dhaula Kuan. You can take auto from the metro station.You can also take a bus from Central Secretariat Metro Station to reach National Rail Museum.