In a bid to preserve the country’s industrial heritage, the Central Railway (CR) inaugurated a heritage gallery at its Matunga Workshop on May 11. Huge wagons, trolleys, engines and other spare parts from decades ago have been collected and kept here.
“Railways have a huge industrial heritage. By collecting these artifacts, we are trying to preserve it. We will decide whether it should be opened to the public or not,” said V Malegaonkar, chief public relations officer, central railways.
Currently, the railways have displayed a diesel fire engine from pre-independence times, three trolleys from the post-independence era, and a Mercury Arc rectifier used during the 1950s used to convert power from alternating current to direct current.
Other, than this, the CR has also resurrected heritage cast-iron racks once used to store various steel rounds and rods.
For the expansion of heritage gallery, CR has decided to add 1940 vintage IRS narrow gauge coaches. Similarly, narrow gauge tank wagons that were used to transport water to the dry areas, shall also be brought to the gallery. These coaches are presently stored at the CR’s Kurdwadi workshop.