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Rail heritage gallery to stay open on No TV Day

The precious artefacts on display will manage to keep visitors enthralled.

art and culture Updated: Jan 27, 2011 15:38 IST
HT Correspondent

Do you want to see what Colaba station looked like before it was shut down in 1930? You can now check out this and a range of other old photographs, models of steam engines and assorted rail equipment at the Churchgate Heritage Gallery on HT No TV Day.

The gallery, situated on the ground floor of the Churchgate station building and generally closed on weekends, will stay open from 9.30 am to 6 pm on Saturday, especially for Mumbaiites who have turned off their TVs to rediscover Mumbai. Entry is free.

“This gallery will be of interest to the public, since it houses old equipment, photographs, building plans and signals,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer for the Western Railways.

On display here are photographs of various stations and types of tracks and models of the first steam-powered locomotive and first electrical unit, which plied between Colaba and Andheri in 1928.

You can also glance through early control system made of teak wood, metal ticket-punching machines, early Indian Railways logos and emblems for bygone territories such as Saurashtra and Rajputana.

CST Heritage Gallery
*The heritage gallery at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) can boast of original drawings of the building and original railway artifacts.
*It was inaugurated in 2010.
*The gallery also houses photographs and documents from the archives, advertisements about prestigious trains, growth of railways and the city through photographs, among others.