As kids invariably all of us are fascinated by the life in railways. The sound of the train whistle appeals to us , as does the whooshing sound of the railway engine as it speeds past us, leaving behind a smoke of cloud for our memories.
However very few carry forward this fascination to adulthood. One such person who did so was Mr B S Joshi . Not only did he cultivate and nourish his hobby for the railway engine but also created their scale models and put them up for display in what we now know as the Joshi Railway Museum.
Joshi Railway Museum is situated behind Sangam Press, at Erandwane ,Karve road (Kothrud-Pune). The museum is open to the public between 5-8 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
As one enters the museum premises, one gets the impression of entering a railway station. Even a restaurant on the basement is designed on the lines of a railway canteen.
There are audio visual shows available which provide a running documentary on the railways while adifferent types of railway engine models run over a created model of a rail track , complete with platforms,mountain passes, cranes,slidings,trolley buses,monorails,drive in theatre,circus,windmills,tunnels etc.
All this is not just spellbinding for a young kid accompanying us, but adults too are impressed by the sheer ingenuity of the show.
Text and Photographs : Abhijit Rajadhyaksha