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Joshis Museum Of Miniature Railway Pune
Joshiâ€™s Museum of Miniature Railway, is located near Karve Road of Pune. India is famous railway museum hosting a number of train models varying of their types and sizes. Late Bhausaheb Joshi led to the foundation of this museum as he had the hobby to collect train models from his childhood days.
A special hall of 26â€™ x 26â€™ has been fortified of the Kothrud area of Pune which works as a small factory named as Soudamini Instruments holding the Joshiâ€™s Museum of Miniature Railways.
During Diwali, a festival of India, children pass time by building â€śKillasâ€ť which are small fortresses as a replica of Shivajiâ€™s Kingdom fortress.
It all started of the 80â€™s. Creating mobile working models and setting them up of different cities for the public to view was his initial movement. A numerous exhibitions of various cities like Pune, Mumbai, etc of India were his next initiative. Having trouble conducting such exhibitions for the inconveniences of mobile models he decided to make a permanent exhibition and then the thought of opening a museum of such models came into his mind which took the shape of its physical existence on 1st April 1998. At present, the museum has gone through a number of changes with all types of modern day technology including digital controls and multiple models. The current proprietor of the museum is his son Dr. Ravi Joshi.
In 2011, the exhibition had 10 to 15 types of train models starting from steam engines to the bullet train and mini sky-train.
In 2003, a development of took place by which a miniature railway stimulates train movements. It was the first project of India with such a concept executed for a company known as HBLnife which is known for manufacturing and supplying products to the Indian Railways such as batteries, high-frequency track circuit data loggers, digital axle counters and electronic interlocking systems. It was also the first ever model of India which controls digitally and stimulate train movements.
Joshiâ€™s Museum of Miniature Railway remained the sole distributor for international brands like Fleischman, Rocco and Hornby Railways making scale models of trains since 2003. Ravi Joshi, the son of B.S. Joshi opened a hobby centre and named it as â€śTrainzâ€ť for distributing knowledge about train modelling. A manufacturing unit is always present under the museum as of 2003 the museum received bulk orders for making rail models from Australian companies like Eureka, Powerline and Trainworld. Those orders were passed to the Joshiâ€™s Museum of Miniature Railway from some manufacturers of China who failed to supply the production service within the allotted time as said by Ravi Joshi. Countries like Switzerland, Australia also buy railway kits and models directly from the museum besides the Indian Railways. The museum also manufactured a model with injection moulding process of Jungfrau Railway which is the highest railway of Europe and then received an order of 2000 sets of 2007.
- A lifetime experience is offered inside the Museum hall for the people to remember
- A network of more than 1000 wires (5 kms of length) controls the imaginary state from a controlling panel
- Handmade techniques are followed of manufacturing signals, fences, lamp posts, flyovers, etc. which is the amazing most feature of Joshiâ€™s Museum of Miniature Railway
- Both analog and Digital or computerized controlling systems can be used to operate the entire layout
- Station yard with 6 platforms, announcement systems, 3 main lines, goods loading facilities, hump shunting, a turntable, crane, etc. are the elements used for sound functioning.
- Markin A.C and Digital systems are fully used of the entire layout of the HO scale (1:87)
- Models available are Steam trains, Diesel engines; High speed Inter City Express, Underground train, Trolley bus, Rope Railway, Funicular Railway, Wuppertal Hanging Railway.
- Reversing station for steam trains of the Ghat section and two lanes Highway with moving cars are applied for undisrupted and planned operation.
- The Museum includes Fairground with a circus having changing shows, a ferris wheel, merry-go-round, Roller coaster, a toy train and some other similar attractions, all with sound effects.
- Active Swimming pool with temperature controlled water of it.
- Restaurant moving vertically along a tower.
- Drive of theatre Fire engine for checking and rescuing emergency fire accidents.
- Business center of city with flashy advertisements, houses and buildings built with kits from German companies like Vollmer, Faller, Prieser, etc. also lights inside those buildings.
- Over 2000 figures posed of different ways.
- The sky with stars and planets during the night as seen on April 16, 1853 when India ran its first ever train.
- April showers thunder and lightning with Light and sound effects.
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