Come March, and you can just walk into an art gallery in a railway station and can get a glimpse of the history of Indian Railways. The New Delhi Railway Station will soon have India's first of its kind rail art gallery of its own.
A railway art gallery which will showcase the rich heritage of India - including the iconic stations, steam engines, the scenic beauty of hill railways and the royal rail salons used by the English princess and Indian royalty. The railway art gallery is coming up at Platform number 1 of the railway station and entry will be free for authorised railway passengers.
"The art gallery will have photographs, painting and prints of Indian Railways. We are hoping to throw it open for our travellers by February 29," said a senior northern railways officer, who did not wish to be named.
Countries such as the UK already have a railway art gallery. And with the opening of this gallery in India, the work of rail artists and photographers, who specialise in making rail panting and prints, would be brought under one roof.
"The photographs, paintings and prints in the art gallery will be the depiction of the railway scene in all its facets both past and present. The railways for more than 150 years have been a favourite subject among the artists. The gallery will put rail art on the forefront," the railway officer added.
The Delhi division of the northern railways also plans to organise rail art competitions regularly at the rail art gallery.
"We will invite professional artists, school and college children to participate in the competition. The staging of railway art exhibitions will also assist in the historical research necessary for various subjects related to Indian railways," said the officer.