Renovation of Mysore Rail Museum in the offing

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Mysore, Jul 20: The Mysore Rail Museum, the second in the country, is set to attract a large number of tourists visiting the city, as the blueprint to upgrade, modernise and promote the museum is in the offing.

Talking to UNI, Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways C H Vijayashankar, MP, said with the budgetary allocation of over Rs six crore, the existing museum would get new additions and would be modelled after its more popular counterpart in New Delhi.

The decision to give a thrust to the Mysore museum was taken at a meeting of the senior officials from South Western Railways here recently.

The onus of promoting it would be on the Tourism Department, which could include it in its brochures and popularise it among the visitors to help them soak in a little bit of railway history.

He said showcasing the vintage beauties that ruled the track till two decades ago before being phased out to pave way for diesel and electric locomotives, the Mysore Rail Museum had some of the surviving steam locomotives that escaped the auctioneers' hammer, while the rest were sold as scrap of metal.

Saved for posterity, the sheer size and power of these iron horses evoke awe among the visitors as they help them conjure up visions of rolling wheels billowing with a rhythmic beat that were unique to steam engines.

Established on June 2, 1978, the Mysore Rail Museum was a one-stop centre providing curious bits of information and intriguing facts that could be of interest to railway connoisseurs.

UNI

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