National Rail Museum, New Delhi

New Delhi Chanakyapuri Indian Air Force Museum, Palam

National Rail Museum
Entrance to the National Rail Museum, New Delhi
Former name
Rail Transport Museum
Established1 February 1977; 43 years ago (1977-02-01)
LocationChanakyapuri, New Delhi
TypeRail museum

The National Rail Museum in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, displays exhibits on the history of rail transport in India. The museum was inaugurated on 1 February 1977. The National Rail Museum spans over an area of over 11 acres and the indoor gallery comprises of an octagonal building which houses six display galleries and a large open area is laid out to simulate the atmosphere of a railway yard.[1] It is open every day except Mondays and national holidays.[2]


A Transport Museum was first proposed in 1962, under the advise of rail enthusiast Michael Graham Satow. The proposal took a concrete shape in 1970 and on 7 October 1971 the foundation stone was laid at the museum's present site in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, by the then-President of India V. V. Giri.[3] The museum was inaugurated as the Rail Transport Museum in 1977 by Kamalapati Tripathi, the minister for public transportation.

The museum was originally intended to be a part of a larger museum that covered the history of railways, roadways, airways, and waterways in India; however, this never happened and it was officially renamed the National Rail Museum in 1995.[4][5]



See also


  1. ^ "History of the National Rail Museum". Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  2. ^ LTD., C. C. Engineers PVT. "Visiting the National Rail Museum, Where, When". Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  3. ^ "NATIONAL RAIL MUSEUM". Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Museum History". National Rail Museum. Archived from the original on 23 June 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  5. ^ LTD., C. C. Engineers PVT. "NATIONAL RAIL MUSEUM". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  6. ^ "The Patiala State Monorail Tramway". Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  7. ^ "8 reasons to take your child to National Rail Museum". The Indian Express. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Diesel Locomotive Roster – The WDM (ALCO) Series". 24 Coaches. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2020.