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Rewari Locomotive: Last Steam Loco Shed of India


The Rewari Railway Heritage Museum (formerly Rewari Steam Locomotive Shed) is a c.1893 railway museum in Delhi NCR at Rewari city in Haryana state of India. Built in 1983, it is the only surviving steam loco shed in India and houses some of India's last surviving steam locomotives and world's oldest still-functional 1885-built steam locomotive Fairy Queen (locomotive) tourist train was restored here. It is located 400 meter north of entrance of Rewari railway station, 50 km from Gurugram and 79 km from the National Rail Museum at Chanakyapuri in New Delhi.

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Built in 1893, it was the only loco shed in North Indiafor a long time and a part of the track connecting Delhi with Peshawar.After steam engines were phased out by the 1990s and steam traction on metre gauge tracks was discontinued in January 1994, the loco shed remained in neglect for many years before it was decided to rehabilitate it. The steam shed reopened in May 2002. In December 2002 Indian Railways declared it a heritage museum.

There are 37 railway museums across India, there are over 250 heritage steam locomotives across India and many of those need restoration, nearly 100 railway buildings and 100 railway bridges have been declared heritage properties and seven of these are located in Delhi (Baroda House and , railway construction office at Kashmere Gate and Old Delhi railway station) and Rewary Steam Locomotive Shedinside the Rewari Rail Heritage Museum has 10 of the world's oldest restored steam locomotives and Delhi National Rail Museum as 33 steam locomotives.

The Rewari locomotive shed, that houses the steam engines, itself is a heritage building as it is the oldest only- surviving and still functional locomotive shed, used for the restoration and maintenance of steam locomotives. Half a century ago, it had 85 steam engines and a staff of 500. Today it has nine engines and a staff of 25.

In 2010, a major revamp followed. Wandering pigs were removed, the barren field was landscaped and engines were painted.Fairy Queen (locomotive) housed in Delhi National Rail Museum was restored here. There are also exhibiting halls showing models of small engines, railway equipment, hand-held brass signal lamps, and photos. The facilities at museum include 30 minute long documentaries and films shows, once or twice a day in museum's conference hall with seating capacity of 50, about the history and present operations of railways in India.

The collection in the shed and compound has 10 of the world's oldest steam locomotives,restored and still functional, including the following:

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"Built in 1893, it was the only loco shed in North Indiafor a long time and a part of the track connecting Delhi with Peshawar.After steam engines were phased out by the 1990s and steam traction on metre gauge tracks was discontinued in January 1994"


Akbar steam locomotive #1761, named after the great Mughal Emperor, is an engine built in 1963 at Chittranjan Locomotive Works that was inducted into active service in 1965. It has 4-6-2 wheel arrangement, 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) gauge and 110 kmph maximum speed now-restricted to 45km/hr. The locomotive was based at Saharanpur railway shed after being retired from active service and it has been restored and housed at Rewari shed.It is used to power the 150UP Delhi Cantt – Alwar STEAM EXPRESS heritage train.[12]Baldwin AWE, built by the american company Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1945 Shahanshah-series WP steam engine, once served the Delhi-Kolkata route Shahanshah-series WP/P steam engine, is one of the original bullet-nosed american Baldwin prototype number 7200 Shahanshah, which was at the Charbagh workshops in Lucknow, was restored for use in steam specials by the Northern Railway. It has also run several steam specials, including one between Royapuram and Tambaram on January 26, 2009, to commemorate the 153rd anniversary of Royapuram railway station (built 1856), the oldest railway station in India and even ran the Steam Express on January 14, 2012. It is considered lucky mascot for the film shoots and rented out at INR4 lakhs (INR400,000 or US$6,150) a day.

Steam locomotives of major broad gauge were also planned to be brought here and in May 2002, Akbar was the first steam locomotive to be brought here. On 14 August 2002, the then Railway Minister Nitish Kumar granted heritage shed status to Rewari Steam Shed. After 2010, a cafeteria and a museum were constructed in this shed. Many technical devices used in railways in the era of steam can be seen in the museum. Some books and signal systems can also be found here. A replica of the last commercially serviced steam locomotive Last Sitara can also be seen in the museum.

In this shed 2151 YP Rewari King, 3415 YG Sahib, 3438 YG Sultan, 4252 YG Sindh, 7161 WP Akbar, 7200 WP Azad, 15005 WL Sher e Punjab, 22907 Edboolui Virat Nakam Steam Engine are being maintained.

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These Steam Engines Are In The Heritage Loco Shed




Fairy Queen



This is the world's oldest steam engine, the name is Fairy Queen - The world's oldest steam engine in the loco shed is the Fairy Queen, whose name is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Talking about its features, the weight of this loco is 26 tons. With this engine of 130 horsepower, the maximum speed of the train is 40 km / h and the journey is about 143 km long. The Fairy Queen, a steam engine built in 1855, was immediately on track. Later it was included in the Indian Railways in 1885. Retired from the railways in 1909, while in 1972 it received heritage status and was kept in the National Rail Museum. - It was again put into service in 1997, then in 2014 it was derailed once again due to repeated failures on the way. Later its boiler was repaired from Chennai and then on 8 October 2016, it got a chance to get back on track. Now there are two coaches with Fairy Queen serving between Alwar to Delhi in Rajasthan. Out of these, one is AC chair car coach with a seating capacity of 50 people and the other is a pantry car.

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Akbar



This is Akbar, the emperor of steam engines. Has come with many film stars including Salman Khan.

Akbar steam locomotive #1761, named after the great Mughal Emperor, is an engine built in 1963 at Chittranjan Locomotive Works that was inducted into active service in 1965. It has 4-6-2 wheel arrangement, 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) gauge and 110 kmph maximum speed now-restricted to 45km/hr. The locomotive was based at Saharanpur railway shed after being retired from active service and it has been restored and housed at Rewari shed.It is used to power the 150UP Delhi Cantt – Alwar STEAM EXPRESS heritage train.[12]Baldwin AWE, built by the american company Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1945 Shahanshah-series WP steam engine, once served the Delhi-Kolkata route Shahanshah-series WP/P steam engine, is one of the original bullet-nosed american Baldwin prototype number 7200 Shahanshah, which was at the Charbagh workshops in Lucknow, was restored for use in steam specials by the Northern Railway. It has also run several steam specials, including one between Royapuram and Tambaram on January 26, 2009, to commemorate the 153rd anniversary of Royapuram railway station (built 1856), the oldest railway station in India and even ran the Steam Express on January 14, 2012. It is considered lucky mascot for the film shoots and rented out at INR4 lakhs (INR400,000 or US$6,150) a day.

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Rewari steam loco shed, being the only surviving repository of steam locos in India housing some of India’s last surviving steam locomotives, has become an ideal choice for filmmakers. The Rewari steam locos have been rented out for various film shoots and a part of the film Gandhi, My Father was shot here. The locos at the shed have appeared in films such as Barfi!, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, Gandhi, My Father, Guru, Ki & Ka, Love Aaj Kal, Rang De Basanti and Veer-Zaara among others.

Azad



'Azad' as the name of the engine pretty much characterizes it. This engine, made in America, was presented as a gift by the United States and America on 15 August 1947, on the day of India's independence. Due to this the name of this engine was kept Azad. This engine remains a symbol of India's independence even today.

Angad



Angad is the heaviest steam engine made in England, both by name and by work. The width of this engine, weighing 200 tons, is about half a foot more than other engines. Because this engine was not used by the Railway Department but in the work of carrying coal in Korba Thermal Power Station. It is said that if this engine comes on the platform side and breaks the platform too.

Virat



America-made steam engine was used to carry weapons like cannons, guns, shells etc. for the American War Department. Steam engines were not made in India then. At that time India had taken it from America. Virat is known for his balance of efficiency, weight and speed.

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Panoromic 360 General view of Heritage Loco Shed.
Panoromic 360 General view of Heritage Loco Shed.
Panoromic 360 General view of Heritage Loco Shed.
Panoromic 360 General view of Heritage Loco Shed.