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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  • It is located in Kothrud, which is a good location.It contains small railway miniatures as its name says. It also has many other miniatures other than railways. informative for kids. The best time to ...  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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  • Awesome place for train fans. Huge collection of train sets and a much huge setup of tracks. Impressive lighting, sound and water effects. Even has an option for which language you want to hear. Hats off to Joshi sir for such immensely detailed setup and a very informative show.
  • Its around 25 minutes show. But you will enjoy these moments to the fullest. Simply superb work by Joshi sir. My son enjoyed a lot by watching this miniature city. He was so excited that we bought back to back tickets.
  • Meuseum gives detailed information about various types of trains. Good for school going kids. U can arrange education trip of nursery and primary students too.
  • I really wanted to like this place. It sounded quaint and fascinating and it probably was at one time. Now however, it has been reduced to a dirty shambles, clearly neglected and uncared for. It's a downer to see such palpable neglect.
  • After searching in net for tourist places, I went there today by taxi from Pune station. Nobody else were there. Then they told minimum 4 persons needed for running d show in a rude way. I had to came back. Time n money wasted. Sad , I couldn't watch it

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