Joshi's Museum of Miniature Railways, Pune

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Joshi's Museum of Miniature Railway is a miniature railway museum located in the Karve Road locality of Pune, a city in the state of Maharashtra, India. The museum hosts working models of various types of trains. It was started by Bhausaheb Joshi.HistoryThe museum was conceptualized and started by B. S. Joshi, popularly known as Bhausaheb Joshi. Through his childhood hobby of collecting and making models, he started working on this concept in the 1960s. He initially made mobile working models, which he would set up in various cities for the public to view. His first exhibition took place in Pune at the Gokhale Hall in 1982. In 1984 the layout was displayed in Mumbai (then Bombay) and again in 1986, in Pune's Dastur High School. It was then that Joshi decided to have a permanent exhibition to avoid the inconveniences of mobile models. The present layout of the museum was fabricated in 1991 and the museum opened on 1 April 1998. Over time the layout was enlarged with many additions of digital controls and multiple models. The museum's present proprietor is Dr. Ravi Joshi, Bhausaheb's son.On exhibitThe model trains on exhibition run through a miniature city and are presented with a son et lumière show. The layout includes 65 signals, fences, lamp posts, flyovers, etc. and can be controlled manually as well as through a computer. In 2011 it has working models of "10 - 15" types of trains, including steam engines, the bullet train and a mini sky-train.In 2003, the museum developed a miniature railway that interacts with other equipment and simulates train movements. This project, the first of its kind in India, was executed for HBLnife, a company that manufactures and supplies batteries, high-frequency track circuit data loggers, digital axle counters and electronic interlocking systems to the Indian Railways. The model is the first ever scale model in India that is digitally controlled and can simulate movements of trains.
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  • Meuseum has very good models of indian railways and gives detailed information about various types of trains. Everyone should visit to get a good overview to understand the world's most complicated ra...  more »
  • The Joshi railway museum is a great museum for small children who can see miniature railway and a regular feature is a small show of miniature trains.  more »
  • Be prepared for a tiny, cramped, musty place that kills whatever little excitement you muster up after seeing the bare-bones "office/workshop". It's a single show(?) and not a museum operated by a per...  more »
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  • I can’t rate the inside as I never got there. I travelled 1 hr in a car to take my 2 year old son to see the trains. Only to find out they don’t open for less than 4 people. Couldn’t wait around as toddlers don’t wait too well (as anyone with children will know). I accept that it’s their policy but it would have been useful to have essential information like that placed on the front page or at least in an obvious location (it is only stated on their website at the very bottom of the last page). Had I known I wouldn’t have bothered to go.
  • Very good set up This is a small privately owned museum in Pune. There is a model of entire city (might be to the scale, I m not sure) with 3D effects. Best experienced with the tour when they operate all the models with a story. This is exciting attraction for children.
  • Good information for kids above 5 years.. Small kids just enjoy trains moving on that track. Good to go.
  • Good museum, kids will love it but ticket is little overly charged. They should renovate the room n take a proper care of all the gadgets in order to justify the ticket price.
  • Slightly over priced but it's sort of unique museum. Journey from old models to new models of train. One time visit but experience is awesome. Every age person is attracted with such a great collection of trains.
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