Apart from being declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus also boasts of a museum within its premises.
The museum, which became functional on December 31, 2012, is open to the public on weekdays from 3-5 pm, and gets around 15 visitors daily. The price of the ticket is Rs 100 for students and Rs 200 for others.
The museum houses a model of the first locomotive, Sahib, which was used to run the first steam train in 1853. Another artifact at the museum is a small replica of the CST building.
Apart from this, the museum also has some pictures of stations during the olden days, some antique bells, builder plates used during the late 1800s, replica of an old ticket window, among others.
A heritage walk of the entire CST building commencing from the Museum is provided.
However, the limited time for which the museum is open for the public has been a point of discussion.
“If people want to visit the museum, they can spare some time from their busy schedule and do so, since it is worth seeing”, said Karan Manwani, a student from Kalyan, who visited the museum recently.
Since it was opened in 2012, the museum has till now got 5,505 visitors and earned Rs 9,05,800 from ticket sales.
“I think if the museum is kept open for longer duration, it will allow more people to come and visit,” added Manwani.
However, officials say the timings were given much thought before being implemented. “More people come in between 3-5 pm, since it is convenient. Also, school and college students get free by noon and can come visit too. We have received a positive response and if there are any suggestions regarding the timings, we will look into it,” said AK Singh, the public relations officer of the Central Railways.
According to officials, there is no dedicated staff working at the museum. The regular staff complete their work and then work at the museum, which is another reason for the timing.
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