No TV Day effect: Railway gallery sees good turnout

Aditya Advani, 8, wrote a little request as he left the Western Railway Heritage Gallery at Chruchgate.
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Updated on Jan 30, 2011 12:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Aditya Advani, 8, wrote a little request as he left the Western Railway Heritage Gallery at Chruchgate.

It said: “I really liked the 1923 engine. Will you please let me drive it.”

Several visit Churchgate station every day but few stop to see the fascinating railway gallery it houses on the first floor.

On No TV Day railway authorities decided to keep the gallery, which is usually closed on weekends, open after they read about the campaign. And the response was astounding

“Very few people in the city are aware about the heritage gallery. But looking at today’s response, we are sure that it has come on the city tour list of many Mumbaiites,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relation officer, Western Railway.

Over 150 people visited the gallery. Roshani D’souza visited the gallery with her 10-year-old daughter Cinthia. “We got to know about the gallery because of the HT campaign in my daughter’s school. The gallery should be considered as part f Mumbai’s heritage,” said D’souza.

Several people wrote comments in the feedback notebook of the gallery thanking HT and WR for the wonderful opportunity of touring the gallery on their holiday.

The gallery is open from 9.30am to 6pm on all the working days. But on No TV Day it was kept open till 8pm.

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