Almost two-and-a-half years after the Central Railway (CR) had proposed to set up a museum inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) building, the museum was finally inaugurated. Spread over a 1,000 square metre area, the heritage museum is on the ground floor of the Indo-Gothic structure, which also houses the headquarters of the Central Railway. After the CST building was given the status of a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the railway officials had planned to refurbish the entire CST building. The museum, which is a part of this proposed renovation, has old artefacts, state-of-the-art clocks, tables, chairs, etc. The Central Railway General Manager B.B. Modgil inaugurated the Heritage Gallery at CST, which describes the history of Indian Railways. The museum, which was built at a cost of Rs22 lakh, also houses replicas of original drawings by FW Stevens, chief architect of CST; photographs and documents from archives; old colonial furniture; and miniature models of steam and other engines. There is also information about the remains of one of the oldest bridge hidden under the Bhandup railway station. There will also be Audio-Visual Gallery, 41 Steams and Ancient Locomotive available for public display. We spoke with the Central Railway General Manager B.B. Modgil on the day. Entry to this heritage gallery would be free for all. The photographs revealing various relations to Railway and Struggle for Freedom are displayed in this gallery. With cameraperson Satish Garud, Vasudha for NMTV News.
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