Railway Heritage Centre, Tiruchirappalli

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Railway Heritage Centre
இரயில்வே பாரம்பரிய மையம்
A vintage steam locomotive at the entrance of Tiruchirappalli Junction
A vintage steam locomotive at the entrance of Tiruchirappalli Junction
Established 18 February 2014; 4 years ago (2014-02-18)
Location Near Rail Kalyana Mandapam (Community Hall)
Tiruchirappalli Junction,
PIN - 620 001
Coordinates 10°47′48″N 78°41′09″E / 10.7967°N 78.6858°E / 10.7967; 78.6858Coordinates: 10°47′48″N 78°41′09″E / 10.7967°N 78.6858°E / 10.7967; 78.6858
Type Heritage centre
Accreditation Ministry of Culture (India)
Director Divisional Railway Manager,
Tiruchirappalli railway division
Owner Southern Railway zone, Chennai
Public transit access Central Bus Stand Bus interchange
Tiruchirappalli Junction Mainline rail interchange
Nearest car park On site

The Railway Heritage Centre is a railway museum–cum–heritage centre for rail exhibits at Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India.


The museum was set up with initial funding of 1 crore (US$140,000) in order to preserve old artifacts and photographs, rare documents and equipment for posterity. In addition, it also provides interesting historic developments of South Indian Railway Company and its timeline. In early 2013, the construction of the museum began at an area of 9,500 square feet (880 m2),[1] adjacent to the Rail Kalyana Manadapam (Community Hall), near Tiruchirappalli Junction,[2] and was formally inaugurated on 18 February 2014 at a final cost of 1.5 crore (US$210,000).[3]


The museum which is a part of erstwhile South Indian Railway’s sesquicentennial celebrations, and has both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Some of the indoor exhibits include old documents and digital archives (rare photographs, maps, gazettes, railway manuals and books used during the British Raj) and epoch artefacts (old lamps used at stations made up of "China glass", clocks, bells, staff badges, etc.).[1] The outdoor exhibits include a couple of vintage locomotive engines and a functional toy train.[4]


There are toy trains for the children, shady alcoves as well as local eateries.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b R. Rajaram (4 March 2013). "Rail museum to chug down memory lane". The Hindu. Tiruchi. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  2. ^ Google (20 February 2014). "Location of Railway Heritage Centre, Tiruchirappalli" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Tiruchi Rail museum to receive visitors from April". The Hindu. Tiruchi. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  4. ^ Nahla, Nainar (26 July 2013). "Keeping track of railway history". The Hindu. Tiruchi. Retrieved 20 February 2014.

External links

  • Southern Railway – Official Website
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