Welcome to National Railway Museum

Vintage Locomotives of India


Chanakyapuri , New Delhi

The National Railway Museum (NRM) was set up in Feb 1977 and is over 20 years old  It is situated at Chanakyapuri, New Delhi and is spread over 10 acres of land. The museum has a wide and varied collection of rare and antique steam locomotives, carriages, saloons and other railway artifacts from the BRITISH COLONIAL ERA . It has both live exhibits (75) as well as working/non-working models in its indoor gallery. The museum runs a toy train around its grounds on regular days. On some days the Old Patiala State Steam Monorail is steamed up and runs on its track around the museum.

Star Exhibits :

Old Patiala State Steam Monorail

Electric Locomotive Sir Lislie Wilson

Electric Locomotive Sir Roger Lumley


Kalka Shimla Rail Bus

Matheran Rail Car No 8899

  Fireless Steam Locomotive

RMC No -12

Steam Locomotive A -885 HASANG

Steam Locomotive X -373885 Ooty

MG Diesel SR 203 ( Fowler Diesel )

Diesel Locomotive NDM -1 ( Kalka Shimla Railway )

Electric Locomotive YCG -E1/21900

Betty Tramways ( Fowler Diesel ) Rajkot




Old Patiala State Steam Monorail

Monorail Locomotive: VITALSTATISTICS: Builder: Oresnstein & Koppel of Berlin, Germany Class: None Year Built: 1909 Service: PSMT (Patiala State Monorail Tramway) Wheel Arrangement: 0-3-0T (double flanged), with one 39" dia. outrigger balance wheel Numbering: 4 Named: ---- Unique Features: Monorail (runs on a single rail), balanced by one 39" dia outrigger wheel which runs on the road Gauge: Monorail (single rail)

In 1907, the first section of a very unusual railway opened between Bassi and Sirhind (6 miles) in the Punjab. It was an ingenious monorail (single rail) railway. Col. Bowles, who was appointed State Engineer at the time, soon laid an extensive monorail network totalling about 50 miles, with lines connecting Sirhind with Alampura, and Patiala with Bhavanigarh. Based on the 'Ewing' system, the track was a single rail running on the roadside. On this rail ran the trains. The trains were kept upright by means of a single outrigger wheel which ran on the road. (see pic. above). Hand to mouth existence, maintenance difficulties and competition from faster and more hassle-free and efficient means of transport forced the monorail to close shop in October 1927. Haulage was initially by mules, so as to fruitfully utilize the mules maintained by the State for its army. Subsequently, four steam locomotives were procured between 1907 and 1909 from the German firm of Orenstein & Koppel. A very basic petrol or diesel engine had also been tried at a time.
61. Monorail Locomotive: In 1962, the monorail stock was discovered half buried in the PWD scrapyard, quite by accident.One of the engines (pictured above, built 1909) was rescued and restored to working order by the Amritsar Workshops of the NR.

Engine Driver , inspecting his Locomotive . This Locomotive runs on a Single Rail Track , with Driving Wheels mounted on the Centre .

The Above Photograph was taken from the Canteen at the Museum  .



Monorail Car: VITALSTATISTICS: Builder: Original not known. This is a replica built on an original underframe by the NR's Amritsar Workshops Class: Not known Year Built: Original not known, this replica was built in 1976 Service: PSMT (Patiala State Monorail Trainways) Wheel Arrangement: Two nos. of 8" dia. each Numbering: Not known Named: --- Rail Gauge: Monorail (single rail), balanced by one 39" dia outrigger wheel which runs on the road

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