A Railway Heritage Photo Gallery was opened at Southern Railway Headquarters Building by Smt Mansi Kulshrestha, President, Southern Railway Women’s Welfare Headquarters Organisation, in the presence of Shri R.K.Kulshrestha, General Manager, Southern Railway, Shri P.K.Mishra, Addl General Manager, Southern Railway, Principal Heads of departments of Southern Railway and the Divisional Railway Managers of all Divisions of Southern Railway. Speaking to the Media during the event, the General Manager of Southern Railway said that the Heritage Photo Gallery is opened for the benefit of Rail Heritage Enthusiasts, Railway personnel, and the General Public, to know about the various facets of Railway Development over the years. The Photo Gallery has Heritage photographs archived from various sources as well as other developments of Southern Railway.
He also mentioned about the revival of steam Heritage by making both the static steam engines outside the Headquarters building more attractive to the Heritage Enthusiasts. The gallery has on display some of the fascinating photographs from the Railway’s glorious past . Archived photographs of the Engineering marvels of Southern Railway, namely, the UNESCO listed NMR, Great Pamban Bridge and Sengottai – Punalur section deserve special mention. Enthralling portraits of the erstwhile era – Vintage locos, signalling equipment, brass bells, heritage buildings , century-old cash chest, etc., will offer a visual retreat to rail aficionados.Photographs of Great Leaders’ iconic visits to erstwhile South Indian Railway are sure to make the visitor tread through the Zone’s landmark moments.The two-storeyed Heritage Gallery is equipped with an LED TV to bring on record various innovations, important achievements, awards and felicitations accorded for meritorious employees besides special video clippings on Flagship projects like Swachh Bharat, Bio-toilets, etc., ‘Excellence on Track’ , a Booklet on Outstanding Sports Personnel of Southern Railway will also be placed on display for the visitors to scan through.
A print version of ‘Timeline of Southern Railway’ will help recall the significant landmarks created and milestones surpassed during the zone’s historic journey. The Heritage Gallery will be constantly updated as and when Heritage material and old pictures surface from various sources, from time to time. The Heritage Gallery will be open from 11.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m from Monday to Friday.