AS a child, Adil Diwecha (57) would use the red packaging cartons of a popular toothpaste brand to fashion models of suburban trains. Then when he received pocket money for the first time, he rushed to Chor Bazaar to get spare parts of engines to make a train model.
An electrician, Andheri resident Adil said he has been fascinated with the railways since childhood. “I was not good at studies and I could not dare to take an entrance exam to get a railway job. I have always thought of myself as a creative person and so, I tried to make as many railway models as I could,” he says.
Adil is one of many railway lovers in Mumbai who make paper and electric models of trains and tracks. Over the past 40 years, he has also created models of many railway stations, signalling systems and overhead wires, to give his models a realistic feel. His trains run manually.
On Monday, he along with two other train modelists, presented their creations at the Churchgate station on Western Railway as part of the railway’s celebrations, as it turns 67 years on November 5.
“My mother encouraged me to make these models and the presentation. I would not spend the little money I earned by eating or hanging out with friends. I would go to Chor Bazaar where I would get the train engine spare parts. I enjoy making coaches of suburban trains,” says Adil.
He has made models of more than 250 coaches of trains, including the Shatabdi, Rajdhani, Mahamana Express and the recently introduced AC local trains on the Mumbai suburban section. He has also made more than 60 models of steam engines and diesel engines as display pieces.
He says, “I do not even remember the number of wagon models I have created. I have presented my models at many stations in Mumbai, including Andheri and Churchgate. I have also made train models to be displayed at Delhi and Gujarat. The working of trains is pure engineering, which I cherish.” He adds that his dream is to do a stint in the motorman’s cabin once. “I want to drive an entire train all by myself.”