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Set amidst a sprawling park, this museum is necessary not just for train buffs but for everyone. A compact but informative indoor museum displays a range of interesting objects, but the main attractions are the old stream engines parked outside.

The line-up of old coaches includes the handsome Prince of Wales Saloon built in 1975 for the visit to India of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII for the Royal Durbar of 1876. Outside is the Maharaja of Mysore’s saloon built in 1899 with its brocade covered chairs and an elegant rosewood bed. Another royal coach is the Maharaja of Baroda’s saloon built in 1886. A star attraction is the Fairy Queen, born in 1855,the best preserved steam locomotive engines of her age. Children can take a ride on the toy train. It goes around the museum yard at a surprisingly high speed and does not allow close inspection of the various engines and carriages. On your way out do not miss the handsome Fire Engine displayed on left built in 1914 by John Morris and Sons, UK, for the Nizam of Hyderabad.

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