Hi Folks! I am here to share my experiences about the Rail Museum in Mysore. Though I am an IT professional, I have always had a fascination toward automobiles right from an early age. I always test drive the latest cars that come to the market. I also watch all automobile shows on popular television channels. It was before joining IT that I visited the Rail Museum. I was in my eleventh standard then. I had gone to Mysore with my parents, for a relative's wedding. After the wedding, we had some time on our hands and that is when my parents put forth the idea of visiting the Mysore Palace. As I had already visited the Mysore Palace earlier on an excursion organized by my school, I suggested that my parents visit the palace and I would visit the Railway Museum in Mysore with my cousin.
I borrowed my uncle’s two wheeler and me and my cousin drove to the Krishnaraja Sagar Road on which the museum was located. It was a long drive from the venue of the wedding to Krishnarajasagar road, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I stepped into the museum in awe. This was the first time that I was visiting an outdoor museum. I was spellbound seeing the Sri Ranga Pavilion -the royal coach of Mysore's Maharaja. I was even more awestruck seeing the Maharani's Saloon carriage that was crafted as early as 1899. It was more than a first class a/c compartment of trains that we travel-in today.
The carriage was equipped with best-in-class facilities and had a kitchen, dining unit, and a rest room. We then moved on to my favorite section- Cars. I saw the Austin Railway car that belonged
to the 1920s. My dad had told me that my Grandpa possessed this car, and having an Austin was a status-symbol during those days. I then moved on to witness the Chamundi Gallery that housed
photographs and paintings of locomotives and automobiles. Other exhibits that I loved were Class-E engines, inspection cars, and meter gauge and narrow gauge steam engines.