Railway Museum

The Railway Museum in Mysore was the earliest railway museums set up in India. Established in 1979, the museum displays vintage locomotives out of door. Situated adjacent to the Mysore railway Station, on the Krishnaraja Sagar Road, just opposite to the CFT Research Institute, the Railway Museum is a treasure trove for those interested in the history of locomotives.

Mysore Railway Museum is one of the distinct museums in Mysore. It houses a great collection of photographs and memorabilia reminiscent of the development of railways. The Chamundi Gallery showcases some great paintings related to Indian Railways. Steam engines including the first steam engine and signaling accessories from the beginning of the railways in India are interesting in their own right. A mini train operated by battery takes the visitors out for a joy ride on the museum grounds.

The Maharajah of Mysore contributed with his royal carriages enriching the treasure of the Railway Museum in Mysore. At present the Sri Ranga Pavilion displays two of his coaches that provide a glimpse of Indian royalty and have largely added to the grace of the museum. A majority of the collection is lend by the Mysore Palace and includes a saloon car of the then Maharani or queen dating back to 1899.

The Mysore Railway Museum is open for public viewing on all days, except Monday from 10 am to 1 pm and again from 3 pm to 5 pm after the lunch break. The entrance is from the opposite side that faces the railway station. A nominal fee is charged for entry and also if one wants to carry a camera inside the premises.

Last Updated on 9/14/2011