Chennai Rail Museum
Chennai Rail Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsChildren's Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Railway Museum * 5 indoor Galleries (3 A/C, 2 Non-AC), incl. Art Gallery and Miniature Models of Trains and LED lit Boards * Toy Train Ride* Three Tier Running Train Model with Si* 90 Seater A/c Movie Theatre for Railway clippings* Coach Restaurant with 60+24 pax* Food Court*Natya Arangam for Events* Amphitheatre for Events * Heritage Outdoor Exhibits incl.Steam Locos* Semaphore Arm Signal in working condition *Fowler Steam Ploughing Engine(1905) * Crane (BG &MG) *X Class Locomotive *MG Goods locomotive(1909) *B Class Darjeeling Himalayan Loco(1917) Coaches *Inspection Carriages BG and NG *NG - Postal Van, Guard Van, First Class MG Nilgiri First Class, Nilgiri 2nd class Hand operated crane (1887) · · Clean Hygienic toilets Premises: · Three Children Parks ·Free paved parking -Wheel chair friendly -Garden with lush green grass that you can sit on*Lactation room, Toilets for Persons with Disability, Wheel chair friendly toilets
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Soupy
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Family
If you are looking for a change for your kids, this is an ideal spot to take them- lots of areas to run, different train models, toy train ride, model train, play areas.. Surprising this place is not well-known in Chennai..
Also, for train enthusiasts, there are many nostalgic train facts and artefacts which take you for a trio down the memory lane..
One suggestion though is cool drinks can be included given the hot weather during the day..
Written September 12, 2021
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Thank you for your review, rating and suggestion. Cool drinks in tetra packs were not considered too safe, but however, we would look into other options.
Written November 23, 2021
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PradeepK
4 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
Visited in 2019 with my kids..
One of the best places to visit in chennai.
Kids enjoyed a lot..
Well maintained
Very informative
Kids enjoyed the toy train which is actually a bonus. Didn't expect that funfilled ride..

Highly suggested place to visit
Written December 27, 2021
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Glad that you enjoyed it in 2019 and are still enjoying it! Thank you for the excellent rating and review.
Written January 3, 2022
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Deba
Bengaluru, India11 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Like the engine kept in the park. Well maintained museum. Kids enjoyed the Toy train raid. The authorities allowed 2 rounds of toy train rides. It also depicted the first inception of rail factory with different kinds of coaches. Had a great time there. And for adult tickets you get snacks as well. It is kind of small feel good gesture.
Written October 5, 2021
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Thank you for your review and rating, much appreciated. Glad to hear that yourl enjoyed the tour in the Museum. Please do visit again.
Written November 23, 2021
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Shrikant P
Pune39 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Awesome art gallery,.. must see for everyone.
Cooperative staff.
Nice garden and toy train ride.
The exhibition of the History of railways is well illustrated and shows many interesting facts not known to many.
Models of trains are a treat to the eye.
Written October 30, 2022
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indiakrish
Chennai (Madras), India14 contributions
Apr 2013 • Family
Very Big place spread out with lots of Real Train Engines & Coaches. You can find a the rare steam engine & steam tractor.Train Models are also in display. Audio Visual Shows on Train History also available. 2 Play Areas for children with swings, slides etc. Play area has been filled with sand for lesser injury if children fall. Well maintained and kept clean. A small scale running model of Chennai local train in display. Lots of souvenirs to but little expensive. Tickets are very cheap. Last but not the least there is a toy train in which children & adult can have ride.
Written May 3, 2013
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Rit_Ram
Chennai (Madras), India328 contributions
Dec 2013 • Family
If you are looking for a nearby place to go within Chennai with kids , please include this to your list . It is at Perambur . Roads in google map should take without confusion and if you reach nearby the place is known to many locals and wont miss out . For a person who likes Rails and trains this will add lot of interest . Parking is not at all a problem if you are going by car .
The entrance ticket is sold at a mini train compartment and that is perfect welcome for kids . Tickets are very nominally charged .
There is a toy train ride and it is must do inside if you are with kids . They also modelled train passing through a tunnel and it is really fun . There are various types of old trains displayed and most of them you can enter and take experience . Photos also allowed inside . There is audio visual room where some railway promotion videos are shown . Please check the timings of the show so that you can align your other plans inside museum .
In the end , when we were winding off kids wanted to get to the park . There is a small park inside the museum and we spent around 30 mins inside the park . Totally we spent around 3 hours and it was an overall nice experience . However I want to inform that dont expect any AC rooms with cleaned surroundings inside the museum. If you want to just explore the railway , spend time with kids , near by place in chennai add to your list .

Just forgot to add one key thing . There is no food or water available inside and make sure you carry them . Luckily we carried and kids enjoyed eating inside the park .
Written January 10, 2014
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BhushanRangnekar
Pune, India101 contributions
Mar 2019
The rail museum in Chennai is one of the very few in India (Mysore being the other). The actual museum has a lot of historical events in the Indian railways with Photographs. A lot of actual locomotives including a Steam engine and the electric one is displayed. They also have a mini train ride and a children's park. Its a good way to spend 3-4 hours with your kids.
Written March 25, 2019
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rjaideep
Chennai (Madras), India10 contributions
Oct 2013 • Family
We were looking for offbeat places for a Sunday morning trip and heard about the Regional Rail Museum. After some research on the internet, we visited this place. If you are a train lover, this is a must visit. It does transport you to a time in the past.

The entry is through a room designed like a train compartment. As you move through the grounds, you can see various engines and compartments. Information boards have been provided for most of the exhibits. You can also step into some of the compartments and look inside.The exhibits were not just limited to passenger compartments but also included inspection compartments, breakdown vehicles with cranes and heritage vans.

The toy train ride, which takes you through the grounds of the museum, is one of the major attractions. There was a member of the staff who went around personally informing the visitors about the train ride. It was a nice touch.

There is a gallery inside the museum, where we rushed in for respite from the heat. Inside, there are scale models of old trains, artifacts like the weighing scales, signal lamps, and two "Smiths" clocks manufactured in 1878 which are still ticking. The employees attendance register and various photographs are displayed.

The other part of the gallery is occupied by a huge model railway station with three trains running.

The souvenier shop is nothing much to talk about - it is more of a display shelf with a few train compartment models and there was a book also on sale. Felt that the models displayed did not do justice to the real trains.

There is also a tech gallery which we could not visit for lack of time.

Since most of the exhibits are in the open ground, it is better to visit around 10.00 am or around 4.00 pm. Do factor in that Chennai can get really humid. We went on such a day and the kids were easily tired out. We did miss out on some of the exhibits due to this. Do carry enough water and some snacks. Though there is a small canteen at the entrance, not sure if it is functioning.

This is a great initiative by the Govt. On the whole, the grounds have been laid out well and maintained well. In my opinion, the restoration of the trains could have been better and the maintenance was not up to the mark. These heritage beauties have been left in the open and exposed to the mercy of the weather- the effect of which can be easily seen. They need a lot of tender loving care which will ensure the preservation of a glorious heritage.

Depending on your interest in trains and railways, you could spend anywhere between half hour to more than two hours in this place.
Written October 7, 2013
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RajthilakS
Chennai (Madras), India132 contributions
Dec 2013 • Friends
Not a well maintained place to visit. But you can have a look at how the trains were in old initially and you can also see some british deployed locomoties. If you are a machine/Train enthusiast, then it is a must visit.
Written April 16, 2014
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Roadwarrior3781
Chennai (Madras), India247 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
All most all people would love trains. This is a wonderful place for the young and the young at heart to soak in some wonderful railway nostalgia. Though this place has been around since 2002 we could not get a chance to visit this place earlier but it was well worth the wait.

There is plenty of parking space to begin with. As soon as you enter you have a Railway coach converted to the ticketing office. once you get the tickets and enter the place you are greeted by well maintained lawns and children's play area. There are Meter Gauge locomotives of steam, diesel and Electric apart from a Meter Gauge Electric multiple unit which used to run between Chennai beach and Tambaram. There are also other coaches and cranes and various bogies on display.

There is a Toy train which runs around the park every one and a half hours. apart from that there is a indoor exhibition hall which has scale model trains and displays on various aspects of railways and railway coaches. there is one more exhibition hall displaying components used in trains and a audio visual gallery which has a video show on Railways.

A Few disappointments though were that some of the Locomotives and coaches which were once accessible were locked. I wonder if it is due to vandalism concerns ?

The toilets are neat and there is also a small but decent canteen for food.

overall it is a nice place to visit with your family
Written December 21, 2014
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