Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bangladesh Railway Museum, Chittagong

Bangladesh_Railway_Museum
Bangladesh_Railway_Museum

Thursday 14th August we get the opportunity to see the Bangladesh Railway Museum. This museum located in Pahartali, Ambagan Road, Chittagong. People call the area Railway Workshop Gate. This is the only Railway Museum in Bangladesh that started in November 15, 2003 on a two storied wooden building.

Bangladesh_Railway_Museum_Building
Bangladesh_Railway_Museum_Building

The Railway Museum is situated on the top of a small hill over 12 acres of land surrounded by green trees. The Museum building is two storied, 4394 sq feet made of wood and red breaks with tin shaded roof. This type of building is called Bungalow.


It remains open every day from 3 pm to 6 pm. No entry fee required. It is just opposite of the Bangladesh Railway Carriage and Wagon Workshop, Ambagan Road. From Tigerpass it will take 30 tk by rickshaw.

Due to lack of maintenance it’s decaying day by day. We become little disappointed from the outlook of the museum but looking the inside old staffs I feel great. It showcases a rich collection of leftovers once used in Bangladesh Railway during Bengal Assam Railway (1942), Eastern Bengal Railway (1947) and Pakistan Railway (1961).

Monogram Bangladesh Railway
Monogram Bangladesh Railway
            1. Monogram Bangladesh Railway 1972       2. Monogram Bangladesh Railway 1985

Monogram Bangladesh Railway
Monogram Bangladesh Railway
Monogram Bangladesh Railway

1. Monogram Bengal Assam Railway (1942).

2. Monogram Eastern Bengal Railway (1947).

3. Monogram Assam Bengal Railway.

Bangladesh Railway Museum
Bangladesh Railway Museum
1. Morse Key With Sounder : Coded telegraphy system used to communicate between two stations.

2. Control Phone : Station masters used this phone to communicate.

3. Burner Reserve Adlake Lamp : Used to send mechanical signal at night to the train driver to inform him about the train line.

Bangladesh_Railway_Museum
Bangladesh_Railway_Museum
2. Station Platform Lamp

Bangladesh_Railway_Museum
Bangladesh_Railway_Museum

1. Signal Department Equipment

2. Telecommunication Department Equipment

3. Necessary Tools

4. Traffic Department Equipment 

The preserved artifacts belong different departments of the Bangladesh Railway. There are departments like Electrical, Mechanical, Telecommunication, Traffic, Signal and Engineering etc.

Those include different types of lamps (Point Indicator Lamp, Hand Signal Lamp), leveling telescope, accessories of station masters, hand signaling flag (red & green), signalling equipment, radio transmitters, analog telephone, monograms, railway tracks & sleepers etc.

This museum could be an attractive tourist spot if the authority pays proper attention and consider renovation. Museum's precarious structure is damaging day by day due to lack of maintenance.   

Railway Track
Railway Track
Artificial railway track made for the museum visitors.

Video of Bangladesh Railway Museum

Site map of Bangladesh Railway Museum


4 comments:

  1. I didn't know that we have a museum as such! Thanks for sharing your experience, enjoyed your post very much. Keep up the hard work.

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  2. Nice post... specially the pictures...i also never heard about this museum...

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  3. Thank you for the nice and very informative article. I have never been to the railway museum but ur work gave a good idea about it. Keep up the work work.

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