'Azadi Express' in city of Nawabs till tomorrow

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Lucknow, Apr 30 (UNI) 'Azadi Express' which takes passengers on a complete journey through the pre-Independence era, has chugged in to the Charbagh railway station in this city of Nawabs.

The Express, which is on an all India sojourn, is being run to mark the completion of 150 years of 1857 'War of Independence' and 60 years of India's freedom.

All the 11 coaches take one down the 60 years of freedom struggle. While moving across the boggies, one gets to learn about the series of events from the advent of freedom struggle to achieving independence besides the country's recovery on the road of development.

The train, which was flagged off from Safdarjang railway station in New Delhi on December 28, 2007 on the occasion of Martyr Bhagat Singh's birth anniversary, is here till tomorrow.

The first part of the train, which had been divided into three parts, vividly displays pictures and tableau of Battle of Plassey in 1757 and 1857 War of Independence.

The second part showcases the main incidents of Indian history from 1857 to 1947 while the third phase comprises facts from 1947 till date.

Innovative use of photographs, paintings, clay models and maps have been made to narrate the story of the country's glorious past, train-in-charge Nana Meshram told UNI.

The main objective of the exhibition is to apprise the present generation of the sacrifice made by the war heroes to free India from British rule, Mr Meshram asserted It also focusses on the feeling of unity and brotherhood and teaches the youth to follow the path of these warriors, besides contributing in the country's development, he added.

The journey of the train will culminate at the Safdarjang railway station on May 15.

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