Indian Railway Heritage Trains
Heritage railway is a Railway that is preserved or tourist railroad which is run as a tourist attraction, is usually but not always run by volunteers, and often seeks to re-create railway scenes of the past. Here we can get List of Heritage trains operated by Indian Railway and it’s details.
A Brief Overview
Indian Railways maintain 34 Museums, Heritage Parks and Heritage galleries, spread all over India, for creating unique and rich experience to visitors about Railway heritage in India. The National Rail Museum in New Delhi and Regional Rail Museums at Chennai, Mysore, Howrah and Nagpur, are iconic tourist destinations in their region.
Indian Railways have also preserved about 230 Steam Locomotives, 110 vintage coaches and wagons at prominent places including museums, heritage park etc., for public display. Many of these rolling stocks are more than 100 years old and they bring back memories of old glory to the mind of the visitors.
Indian Railways are also preserving about 16 Steam locomotives as working heritage. Although, not in regular service, these preserved steam locomotives are still capable of hauling tourist trains and ceremonial running. The Rewari Steam Shed has been rechristened as Rewari Heritage Steam Centre in 2002 for recreating the memories of working Steam Shed, a feat un-parallel in the World. Rewari Steam Centre now maintains six Broad Gauge and four Meter Gauge working steam locomotives, that include the iconic “Fairy Queen” (1855), placed in the Guinness Book of Record as being the oldest working locomotive in the World and “Akbar”, that featured in many Bollywood movies like Sultan, Gadar etc. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) and Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) also operate regular steam services thus attracting steam lovers from India and abroad.
Indian Railways have a large repository of built heritage like buildings, bridges, via ducts etc. As of now, about 25 bridges and 70 buildings are designated as Heritage Assets by Indian Railways. Notable among them are Jubilee Bridge near Kolkata, Yamuna bridge near Naini, Sonenagar Bridge, Pamban via duct, Bandra suburban station, Pratap Vilas Palace, Vadodara, Glenogle Bunglow, Mumbai, SER (erstwhile BNR) Headquarter, Kolkata etc.Â Indian Railways have been making special efforts to conserve these built heritages
A slew of measures have been initiated recently to institutionalize rail heritage preservation. These include strengthening rail museums, promoting rail heritage tourism, more steam trains, compilation of heritage inventory and publishing it on the website, collaboration with M/s Google for digitizing and providing online access to rail heritage inventory and visual tour of museums, MOU with INTACH and Ahmedabad University for capacity building of railway officers and introducing modules for training courses etc.
Maintenance of five Hill railways of India (Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR), Kalka Shimla Railway (KSR), Matheran Light Railway(MLR) and Kangra Valley Railway (KVR)) are undertaken as per extant codal provision of Indian Railways and UNESCO Guidelines. In addition, special delegation of powers has been accorded to concerned Divisional Railway Managers for promoting tourism in these five hill railways.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Indian Railways
Following are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites on Indian Railways
- Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR) – inscribed by UNESCO in 1999 : The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway consists of 88.48 kilometres of 2 feet (0.610 metre) gauge track that connects New Jalpaiguri with Darjeeling, passing through Ghoom at an altitude of 2,258 metres. The innovative design includes six zigzag reverses and three loops with a ruling gradient of 1:31.
- Nilgiri Mountain Railways (NMR) inscribed in 2005: This railway, scaling an elevation of 326 metre to 2,203 metre, represented the latest technology of the time and uses unique rack and pinion traction arrangement to negotiate steep gradient.
- Kalka Shimla Railway (KSR) inscribed in 2008: The world’s highest multi-arch gallery bridge and the world’s longest tunnel (at the time of construction) of KSR were the testimony of the brilliance engineering skills applied to make a dream a reality.
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai (CSMT) : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai is commonly known as Bombay V.T or Victoria Terminus. The building is outstanding example of late 19th century railway architecture in the British commonwealth characterized by Victoria Gothic Revival and traditional Indian features as well as its advanced structural and technical features.
Heritage Trains by Indian Railway
Following are the Heritage Trains by Indian Railway
Steam Loco WP 7161 is being utilised for hauling of Steam Special.
- PACKAGE CODE: FQ001
- DATE OF JOURNEY: 27-APR-19
GARHI HARSARU FARUKH NAGAR STEAM EXPRESS
Presently the train is being hauled by WP7200 AZAD, a Broad Gauge 1947, make Steam Locomotive.
- PACKAGE CODE: FQ002
- ORIGIN:GARHI HARSARU
- DATE OF JOURNEY: 31-DEC-19
PATALPANI KALKUND HERITAGE DAY TRAIN TOUR
- PACKAGE CODE: WBR56
- DATE OF JOURNEY: 17-APR-19
Heritage Sites by Indian Railway
Following are the Heritage Sites by Indian Railway
National Railway Museum (NRM)
NRM history, special packages, details of joy ride, program Time Table are here:- National Railway Museum
Rewari Steam Loco Centre
Here you will get details about how to reach Rewari, photo Gallery :- Rewari Steam Loco Centre
Chennai Rail Museum (CRM)
Details are here : Chennai Rail Museum
Following are the official website link related to Heritage Railways by Indian Railway
- List of Rail Museums / Heritage Gallery / Art Gallery / Heritage Park Etc over Indian Railways
- Policy Circulars On Railway Heritage Preservations
- Communications, Minutes And Orders
- Heritage Inventory Of Indian Railways
- Digital Heritage Project
- Heritage Resources