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 1980s. 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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  • This was a big disappointment as it was like a childrens school project rather than a museum. Waste of time and money would never recommend to others.Expected it to be informative but was a total letd...  more »
  • The museum is situated on good location and contains miniature train models and many other miniature models other than railway.It though focuses on Railways and its a good informative museum for the k...  more »
  • This is one of its kind of museum in India.its more of a show rather then a museum. Do not expect models of train kept for viewing. It's more of a miniature city where you have moving trains and stuff...  more »
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  • Just an amazing and inspiring place! It's a must visit for all!!! Mr. Joshi had been collecting trains and building this for about 30 years and it's a phenomenal experience. All the tiniest details are astutely captured to the smallest line. There are working many working model trains, scale models, a working circus moving mountains and much much more. It's a 100% value for money and I'll definitely come here once again! People of all ages from children to adults will enjoy it. The ticket price is ₹90 person but the museum and the experience is worth much much more than it. Don't think twice!!! You must visit!!!
  • What an experience ... Not just for kids but even elderly people also find it very interesting. The concept is very nice. Must take your Kids here.
  • Awesome museum. Lots of miniature trains and many things like fort, circus, goods shed, market, housing colony, bridges, highways, hot air balloon and many more. Want to explore starting one such in our own town!!
  • This place is good for children. This shows the various types of trains. Museum also sell miniature train engine. This place is well maintained.
  • Adults-above Rs.90 per person.Contains a miniature model of city showing all types of transports and works that go on within a city.Totally worth the cost! So much hard-work has been taken in the making of the miniature model. It took 3-4 years in the making of the model. Nice place for an educational visit for kids and adults too!