Heritage steam loco removed from Rail Bhawan; Vande Bharat replica to replace it

A heritage steam engine, which was installed on the premises of the Rail Bhawan in the national capital, was on Monday shifted to a museum in Delhi, and a replica of semi-high speed train Vande Bharat Express will take its place, officials said.

The B-class rail engine named Loco No. 799 was manufactured in 1925 in Glasgow, the UK, and belonged to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), a UNESCO world heritage. It was brought to Delhi, some years after Independence, according to railway experts.

The vintage locomotive was removed from the Rail Bhawan premises in the early hours. During day time, many passers-by were caught by surprise, to see the old steam beauty gone from the site.

A spokesperson of the Indian Railways said the heritage locomotive in Rail Bhawan premises was removed in the early hour and shifted to the National Rail Museum in Chanakyapuri, in order to “make it more accessible” to the general public.

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