ER CELEBRATED ‘WORLD HERITAGE DAY’
AT REGIONAL RAIL MUSEUM, HOWRAH
Kolkata, April 18, 2017
Eastern Railway celebrated ‘World Heritage Day’ at Regional Rail Museum, Howrah today (18.4.2017) through a variety of programmes. There was debate competition, among the school children and cultural programmes concerning to the history and heritage of Indian Railways in general and Eastern Railway in particular. Moreover, joy ride for the school children was also organized as a special attraction.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri S. N. Agrawal, General Manager, Eastern & South Eastern Railway said that Regional Rail Museum, Howrah is one of the prides of Eastern Railway. The Museum displays the history of Eastern Railway as a whole, Howrah station and Railways in Eastern India.It also puts up the pictorial history of East Indian Railway, Eastern Railway, East Central Railway, East Coast Railway, South Eastern Railway, Northeast Frontier Railway, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works and Metro Railway, Kolkata. He further said that, 150 years old steam locos, carriages, saloon cars are preserved to evaluate the gradual evolution that led to progress in different fields. Century old drawings, forms, documents, fascinating collection of philately are also preserved to demonstrate the rich heritage of Railway system.
Shri Agarwal further said thatRegional Rail Museum is a place which provides authentic source material to scholars, working with the history of Rail transportation during colonial and post-independence era in particular and economic history in general.
It is stated that The Hall of Heritage has a collection of rare photographs and glimpses of rich history of East Indian Railway and Howrah station building. It is housed in a building which is the replica of Howrah station building. The Sanskriti Express which travelled throughout India to celebrate 150thBirth Anniversary of Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore has now been preserved at the Regional Rail Museum for the visitors.
The first Ac electric locomotive which dates back to 1960, hauled different prestigious trains including Howrah – Delhi Kalka Mail, Coalfield Express, Black Diamond Express, Deluxe Express (now rechristened as Poorva Express) has been preserved in the Museum.
Attempts are always on to incorporate more materials for further beautifying the Regional Rail Museum.
Winners of Debate on Preservation of Railway Heritage
1st Deevansh Gupta – DPS Ruby Park
2nd Tabasum Ansari - ER Hindi High School Liluah
3rd Ishanai Basu – La Martinere
1st Oisika Choudhury – DPS, Ruby Park
2nd Rituparna Patnaiak – ER High School, Asansol
3rd Prachi Dugar – Lakshmipat Singhania High School.