Would you like a catch a glimpse of railways functioning in the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR) era? Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR) is the predecessor of the central railway (CR). Visit the Heritage Lane Studded With Treasures at CSMT. The location is at the P’D Mello Road entrance of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) near platform number 18.
Heritage Lane Studded With Treasures at CSMT:
On the occasion of the World Heritage Day, the Central Railway inaugurated the Heritage Lane. The Great Indian Peninsula electric loco(1925), Albion printing press installed in Byculla in 1899, lifting and hauling steam crane (1929) are the seven structures on display in the Heritage Lane.
These structures have been brought from different premises of the CR. “The electric loco kept on display has been brought from Kalyan.
CR’s ‘heritage lane’ has vintage mechanical objects that date back to the time of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway.
You can also witness the exhibition of paintings and photographs of the CSTM Heritage Building. Also, the walls of Platform 18 has paintings of heritage theme, which your eyes will enjoy for sure.
And, 100 trees have been planted again in the lane, which were cut for infrastructure projects. “More such trees will be planted not just in the heritage lane, but also in areas where we have space.
The inaugural run of the Steam Loco:
The central railway also had an inaugural run of the steam loco on the same day. The first operation of diesel loco was done between Aman Lodge and Matheran railway stations. Soon, you will see the entire Neral-Matheran section as a tourist spot.
The Central Railways (CR) threw open a ‘heritage lane’ near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), near platform number 18, which, it hopes, will attract lovers of vintage mechanical objects, especially those connected to the railways.
The exhibits on display include an electric locomotive that ran for the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR); an Albion printing press that was imported in 1899; and a slab cutting machine built in 1938 in Britain.
The equipment has been sourced from different parts of the CR’s zone. The printing press came from Byculla, while the electric locomotive was housed in Kalyan. There are plans to source more exhibits, said CR officials.
CR also conducted the inaugural run of the heritage steam locomotive service between Aman Lodge and Matheran on Wednesday. The service has been reintroduced after a year and will run on diesel.
Some of the rare items which you can see on display are:
- Heritage Wagon Rolling Stock, made by Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in 1920.
- WCG 1 (EF/1) called Crocodile, manufactured by Swiss Locomotive Works Company in 1928
Knapping Motion “Stone Breaker”:
Manufactured by Leeds-based WH Baxter, this venerable object was touted to have several important advantages over an older version known as Blake’s crusher. The knapping motion meant that it consumed less power. The stones were evenly cubed and wastage – from chipping – was reduced.
Lifting & Hauling Steam Crane:
Manufactured in 1929 by Cowans, Sheldon and Co., this stationary steam jib crane was designed to lift a load of 30 tons. The crane body revolved on two cast steel rollers bushed with brass. The gearing was so arranged that hoisting, derricking, and slewing were all driven by steam power.
Albion Printing Press:
The Albion printing press was installed at Byculla Printing Press in 1899, and was an early model of the iron hand press. It was used to print books.
Handtub Fire Engine:
This hand-drawn, hand-pumped fire engine was made by Merry Weather & Sons, in London, in 1890. It could deliver fifty-five gallons of water per minute to a height of ninety feet.
‘Sir Leslie Wilson’ GIPR Electric Loco (1925):
This DC electric locomotive was among the first to be imported into the country. It was manufactured by Swiss Loco Works Co.; and, was run between Boribunder and Kurla. It was christened ‘Sir Leslie Wilson’ as a tribute to the then governor of Bombay.