Rewari Railway Heritage MuseumRewari Railway Heritage Museum
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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:
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:
Rewari Railway Heritage Museum Overview