New Delhi, February 8: The Budget 2018 emphasizing on Railway has brought in various reforms and initiatives to make the work function smoothly. In order to preserve the heritage the department of Railway has sorted some reformative measures. This is to give focused attention to Indian Railways’ century old rich heritage; the Railway Board recently organized a day-long event of heritage officers of Zonal Railways and Production Units.
First of its kind the Ministry of Railways and the officials came up with a brain storming session to look into matters related to the heritage of India. An open interactive session was conducted at National Rail Museum. Experts from renowned agencies like INTACH, C-DAC (Ministry of IT), Google Art & Culture, UNESCO, Centre for Heritage Management Ahmedabad University etc. were present to explain various details of these areas. The sessions as Enabling Event for railway officers, who are mostly not formally trained in the domain of Heritage Preservation, were widely appreciated by the Railway officers.
The objective of the session was to create more awareness about the technology and preservation processes of different domains of Heritage of Indian Railways namely Museum Management, Conservation of Built Heritage of buildings, Stations, Bridges etc. including Preservation and Digitization of Railway Archives, Management of World Heritage Sites, Collection and preservation of artifacts like equipment, signaling/track items etc., Digital India-Digital Rail Campaign: Digitization and online dissemination of Railway heritage contents to the World etc.
On lines of reviving Fairy Queen Steam Locomotive and setting up of Rewari Steam Centre, the Board is now gearing up to launch a special drive to identify various heritage items and artifacts that are currently lying unnoticed at different locations. The department has planned to ensure proper preservation and display of such heritage items, besides this open a logbook of all major events for both at Zonal Railways as well as at National Rail Museum to record the timelines of Railways history.
The heritage preservation efforts would include facilitating revival of Steam Locomotives and run regular time-tabled trains on Steam Traction. Upkeep of Hill railways and bringing them to World Standard etc. will also be high on the agenda.