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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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  • We got to know of this place from a local map and thought it would be a proper museum that would depict the history of railways & related memorabilia. Instead, this is just a privately maintained plac...  read more »
  • The display is badly maintained. One train had to be push started probably due to loose contact. Another engine overturned at the bend. I would not recommend this place to anybody unless they are desp...  read more »
  • An amazing collection of railway engines and information .Trains seem to bring a smile on everyones faces as they take us all back on journeys with family and friends those long unhurried journeys chu...  read more »
  • Nice little model train installation. Worth a visit if you have kids or if you're interested. Not to be compared with miniatur wonderland in Hamburg, as here is only one room. But he tried to make it a nice story and round experience. For Indian standard awesome. It's only one room.
  • The miniature model is really good. It is good to watch the night view which can be seen in the day thanks to the completely closed room. I felt that the place was a bit expensive at 80 bucks for 25 minutes of show. If you have kids they will love it. Tip: Photography is allowed.
  • Must visit place for kids. Amazing collection of various types of miniature railways and all of it is presented nicely.
  • Great place for learning about railways. Kids totally love the demonstration; just be sure the kids don't cry when the lights are off during the demo.
  • If someone wants to experience Passionate, Hungry & Discipline Indian! I think this is the place which is enchanting & inspirational. This place is meant for all those who fall under the age category of 5 to endless. Visit once and I am sure it will push you to say WOW and Awesome.
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