New Year’s gift to city: A mini railway layout


MYSORE: On the lines of a miniature railway layout in Wunderland, Germany, tourists visiting Mysore will witness a mini-railway layout of the region. South Western Railway, Mysore division, has embarked on this novel project, a first-of-its-kind in the country, which is all set to be inaugurated in the first week of January. It will be a New Year’s gift to the people, especially train commuters.

BB Verma, previous divisional railway manager, and proactive Anup Dayanand Sadhu, senior divisional commercial manager, are the brainchild behind this project, which will cost nearly Rs 13 lakh to Rs 14 lakh. Apart from the place, railways are not investing even single pie on the project. The project is taken up by Sriram Associates.

Experts assigned with the project will create a Model Railway layout in which rail transport systems are modeled on a reduced scale. Scale models will include locomotives, rolling stock, tracks, signaling, tunnels, bridges, roads, buildings and features such as streams, trees and hillocks. Scaled human beings in different actions will also be shown. The scale adopted for Mysore city is HO scale (HO stand for half zero-a ratio of 1:87).

The picturesque Coorg region is also included in the layout on an ‘N’ scale-a ratio of 1:160. All models on the railroad layout are “nearly realistic” making one to feel like they are witnessing real locations. Some of the spots exhibited on the layout are historically very important and they include the Mysore Palace, which will be illuminated during at night, KRS dam, Chamundi Hills, KR Circle, Clock Tower, Zoo and Mysore Railway station, to name a few, said Anup.

Besides this, almost half a kilometer of railway track, bridges, tunnels, underpasses, nearly 3,000 trees will come alive in the model railroad layout. ‘Work on the models for the railroad layout is in its final stages and miniature scaled locomotives, passenger and freight coaches, track, signaling equipment and other components have all been imported from Germany and US, added Anup.

The entire layout is lit with nearly 500 lead bulbs and will be in operation day and night. The 200 sqft model railroad layouts will be housed in the existing Heritage Gallery on Platform No: 1 at Mysore Railway station. The project which was taken up in June is all set to be completed by the end of this month. A railway enthusiast, Ramji, is creating this railroad model layout project. Important institutes like the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Manasagangotri, will also be seen on the layout.