Rewari Railway Heritage Museum

Rewari Railway Heritage Museum
रेवाड़ी रेल संग्रालय

The Rewari Railway Heritage Museum (formerly Rewari Steam Locomotive Shed) is a c.1893 railway museum in Delhi NCR at Rewari city in Haryana state of India. Built in 1983, it is the only surviving steam loco shed in India and houses some of India's last surviving steam locomotives and world's oldest still-functional 1885-built steam locomotive Fairy Queen (locomotive) tourist train was restored here. It is located 400 meter north of entrance of Rewari railway station, 50 km from Gurgaon and 79 km from the National Rail Museum at Chanakyapuri in New Delhi.

Rewari Railway Heritage Museum History

Heritage Steam Loco Shed

Built in 1893, it was the only loco shed in North India for a long time and a part of the track connecting Delhi with Peshawar. After steam engines were phased out by the 1990s and steam traction on metre gauge tracks was discontinued in January 1994, the loco shed remained in neglect for many years before it was decided to rehabilitate it. The steam shed reopened in May 2002. In December 2002 Indian Railways declared it a heritage museum.

Rewari Railway Heritage Museum

The shed was refurbished as a heritage tourism destination, its heritage edifice was restored and a museum was added by the Indian Railways exhibiting Victorian-era artefacts used on the Indian rail network, along with the old signalling system, gramophones and seats. The refurbished heritage museum was opened in October 2010. The engines will also be available for live demonstrations.

Rewari Railway Heritage Museum Collection

There are 37 railway museums across India, there are over 250 heritage steam locomotives across India and many of those need restoration, nearly 100 railway buildings and 100 railway bridges have been declared heritage properties and seven of these are located in Delhi (Baroda House and , railway construction office at Kashmere Gate and Old Delhi railway station) and Rewary Steam Locomotive Shed inside the Rewari Rail Heritage Museum has 10 of the world's oldest restored steam locomotives and Delhi National Rail Museum as 33 steam locomotives.

The Rewari locomotive shed, that houses the steam engines, itself is a heritage building as it is the oldest only- surviving and still functional locomotive shed, used for the restoration and maintenance of steam locomotives.
Fairy Queen (locomotive) housed in Delhi National Rail Museum was restored here. There are also exhibiting halls showing models of small engines, railway equipment, hand-held brass signal lamps, and photos. The facilities at museum include 30 minute long documentaries and films shows, once or twice a day in museum's conference hall with seating capacity of 50, about the history and present operations of railways in India.

The collection in the shed and compound has 10 of the world's oldest steam locomotives, restored and still functional, including the following:
  • Akbar steam locomotive WUP1761, named after the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, is an engine built in 1963 at Chittranjan Locomotive Works that was inducted into active service in 1965. It has 4-6-2 wheel arrangement, 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) gauge and 110 kmph maximum speed now-restricted to 45km/hr. The locomotive was based at Saharanpur railway shed after being retired from active service and it has been restored and housed at Rewari shed. It is used to power the 150UP Delhi Cantt – Alwar STEAM EXPRESS heritage train.
  • Baldwin AWE, built by the American company Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1945.
  • Shahanshah: series WP steam engine, once served the Delhi-Kolkata route
  • Shahanshah: series WP/P steam engine, is one of the original bullet-nosed american Baldwin prototype number 7200 Shahanshah, which was at the Charbagh workshops in Lucknow, was restored for use in steam specials by the Northern Railway. It has also run several steam specials, including one between Royapuram and Tambaram on 26 January 2009, to commemorate the 153rd anniversary of Royapuram railway station (built 1856), the oldest railway station in India and even ran the Steam Express on 14 January 2012. It is considered lucky mascot for the film shoots and rented out at INR4 lakhs (INR400,000 or US$6,150) a day.
Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has launched a drive to increase the awareness of this museum among the students.

Rewari Railway Heritage Museum Facilities

The museum is open 7 days a week from 9am till 5pm. Entrance is free for all. It can be leisurely covered in 2 to 3 hours even with small kids. Photography is permitted at no charge. There is a cafeteria, water and toilet.

Rewari Railway Heritage Museum in Popular Culture

Rewari steam loco shed, being the only surviving repository of steam locos in India housing some of India’s last surviving steam locomotives, has become an ideal choice for filmmakers.

The Rewari steam locos have been rented out for various film shoots:
  • It was in the film Gandhi.
  • My Father was shot here.
The locos at the shed have appeared in films such as:
  • Barfi!
  • Guru.
  • Love Aaj Kal.
  • Rang De Basanti.
  • Veer-Zaara.
The locomotive Akbar has featured in several movies shot here, including:
  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
  • Gadar.
  • Ek Prem Katha.
  • Gandhi.
  • My Father.
  • Ki & Ka, Sultan (2016 film).
  • Gangs of Wasseypur (film series).
  • Qareeb Qareeb Single.
  • Partition (2007 film).
  • Pranayam (2011 Malayalam movie).
  • Ek Tha Chander Ek Thi Sudha (TV serial)

Rewari Railway Heritage Museum Overview
रेवाड़ी रेल संग्रालय

Former Name:
Rewari Steam Locomotive Shed
Established: 2 February 1893
Location: North end of Rewari railway station, Rewari, Haryana, India
Coordinates: 28.18°N 76.62°ECoordinates: 28.18°N 76.62°E
Type: Railway Museum
Key Holdings: Rewari Queen
Collections: Steam Locomotive
Owner: North Western Railway zone of Indian Railway


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