Founded in the year 1979 by Indian Railways, Rail Museum in Mysore was second such museum after the Railway Museum in Delhi. The museum is around 3 km from the city centre. An outdoor exhibit of locomotives is one of the striking features of this museum. The royal carriages gifted by the Maharaja of Mysore are the prized possession of the museum. One of these is Sri Ranga Pavilion with its two royal coaches of the Maharaja of Wodeyar. Along with this, there is also “Maharaja Saloon’ at the museum that has a dining car area, a kitchen and a toilet that can be traced back to the year 1189 and an Austin rail motor car, an ‘E class engine that was made in 1925.
Other things that the museum has on display include ancient steam locomotives, wagons, carriages, special purpose vehicles, telecommunication equipment and several other things related to the railways.
Another important attraction at the museum is Chamundi Gallery that has a number of paintings and black and white photos on display that are a depiction of railway’s growth in India. The gallery also has Old steam engines and signaling accessories, lights, ticket machinery, clocks etc from old times, a hand-operated crane from 1885 and a steam water pump from 1934 look captivating. Children can enjoy a short ride in a battery-operated mini-train here at the Railway Museum in Mysore.
Timings- 10.00 AM - 01.00 PM and 03.00 PM - 05.00 PM (closed on Mondays)
Adults – INR 5
Children – INR 2