The New Delhi railway station on Monday got a bit of British architecture and a lot of history to flaunt - and sell.
India's largest and oldest rail museum, the National Rail Museum, has opened its first flagship souvenir store on platform No. 1 in structure with slanting roof, white
aluminum windows and red brick walls.
Apart from models of steam locomotives such as the Fairy Queen (the world's oldest working steam engine), DHR, WP, Kalka-Shimla, to showcase the glorious past of Indian Railways, it will also have station clocks, caps, T-Shirts, coffee mugs, engine-shaped paper weights and books.
For children there is a special section, that is Rail Art Kid.
"Both the young and the old can enjoy tasty Hill Rail chocolates in strawberry, raisin and butter scotch flavours. Chocolates are also being introduced in steam loco shapes and old princely railway crests in pineapple, orange and mango flavours," said Sameer Sinha, a senior railway official.
The Diary and Museum calendar for the year 2013 depicts old stations (some of which do not exist) will also be available for sale. The aim is to increase the visibility of more than 150 years old institution of Indian Railways.
"It will warm the hearts of rail aficionados as well as sundry collectors. The price of items will range from R20 to R5,000 and will have something for everyone of the five lakhs daily visitors at the railway station. The daily timings of the shop will be from 6am to 10pm," he said. There are two ornamental lamps, green and red, at the entrance, signaling whether the shop is open or not. At 6am, the first Shatabdi pulls out of the station and at 10pm the last one pulls in.
"Now you don't have to travel all the way to National Rail Museum at Chanakyapuri to collect memorabilia," he said.
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