Indian Railways to promote heritage preservation! In a bid to promote heritage preservation in Indian Railways, the Railway Ministry has decided to take certain reformative measures. Recently, a day-long event of heritage officers of Zonal Railways and Production Units to give complete attention to century old rich heritage of Indian Railways, was organized by the Railway Ministry. After renewing the Fairy Queen Steam Locomotive and setting up the Rewari Steam Centre, the Railway board is now preparing to launch a special drive. The main purpose of the special drive would be to identify various heritage items or artefacts that are currently lying unnoticed or overlooked at different locations.
In order to maintain a record of the timelines of Indian Railways history, the Board aspires to ensure proper preservation and display of such heritage items. The Board also plans to open a logbook of all major events related to Indian Railways, both at Zonal Railways as well as at National Rail Museum. The initiatives regarding preservation of heritage in Indian Railways will include facilitating revival of Steam Locomotives and run regular time-tabled trains on Steam Traction. According to the Railway ministry, maintenance of Hill Railways and bringing them to world standard will also be a top priority for them.
The event which was a first of its kind happened in Railway Ministry, was attended by around 40 senior level officers from Zonal Railways and Production Units. Apart from them, the function was also attended by several retired Board Members and rail enthusiasts. An open interactive session was also organized at National Rail Museum. The main motive behind the interactive session was to give a better understanding on the technology and preservation processes of different arenas of heritage of Indian Railways. This will include museum management, conservation of buildings, stations, bridges etc. Also, sections of meter gauge, narrow gauge, digitization and conservation of Railway archives, management of heritage sites of the world, protection and collection of artefacts, Digital India’s Digital Rail campaign etc., will be included too.
The event was also attended by many experts from eminent companies like INTACH, C-DAC under Ministry of IT, Google Art and Culture, UNESCO, Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University etc. to promote the idea behind heritage preservation. The Railway officers appreciated the event as most of the time, they are not formally trained in the area of Heritage Preservation, so for the very first time the officers got a formal introduction to heritage preservation.