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Front View of Jung (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

Dawn of Industrial Era

The last couple of centuries have seen a sudden surge of innovation and growth of railways. The coming of railways has been equally important as any other modern invention and parallel with the industrial revolution. The advent of railways amplified the speed of travel, travel became fast simple and inexpensive. This came to be termed as the first rapid transport in the history of transportation. An effort is made by Heritage Transport Museum to get the old locomotives Jung & Kerr Stuart back on the tracks.

Steam Locomotive (1900)Heritage Transport Museum

The first ever railway line in the world was laid by Surrey Iron Railway Company with a horse drawn line in 1804. The effort of thousands of hardworking hands led to the arrival of proper steam locomotive haul wagons for the first time in 1825.

Kerr Stuart Steam Locomotive (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

The railways played a central role to the spread of industrial revolution. 1830 was a remarkable year in the history of early railways and steam locomotives, when Stephenson's 'Rocket' made its entry. This was originally conceived as a freight railway but at the same time it became popular among travelers.

In the Indian context steam locomotive activity gained momentum in the 1870s at the Ajmer Workshop of Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway, the locomotives were assembled here using the spare parts that came with new locomotives. Real manufacture, however started with the setting up of the locomotive works at Chittaranjan in West Bengal, in 1950. Steam locomotives continued to be manufactured till 1972.

Jung Locomotive 1953 (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

The steam locomotive is generally identified by its wheel arrangement.Most of the earlier steam locomotives were of six wheeled type with 2-4-0 or 0-4-2 wheel arrangements.

The steam railways triggered the growth of railway systems around them. Steam Locomotive technology grew at a rapid pace till 1950's. In the 1960's these began to be replaced with more powerful diesel and electric locomotives.

Locomotive Nameplate (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

Jungenthal - One of the marvels of Industrial Heritage in India

Jungenthal is one of the very few surviving steam locomotives in India. It's manufacturer registration number is 11736 and it was made in Germany in 1953.

Locomotive Headlight & Name Plate (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

Founded in 1885, the Arnold Jung Lokomotivfabrik was a locomotive manufacturer in particular of Feldbahn locomotives. The Jung built more than 12000 locomotives in 1950s.

Jung Locomotive 1953 (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

The locomotive stationed at the museum is amongst the 6 locomotives purchased by Rohtas Industries between 1953 and 1957, and this was the first to arrive. It was named RIL 2.

Driving Wheels and Coupling rods (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

The wheel configuration of this Jung locomotive is 0-6-0 and it runs on broad gauge tracks i.e 5 feet 6 inches wide.

The locomotive is 12.5 feet tall, 31 feet long and weighs over 47 tons. It can carry 1320 gallons of water and 4 tons of coal.

Fire Box and technical components (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

Half a ton of good quality coal is required to fire up this engine and the temperature inside the fire box is between 900 and 1100 degree Fahrenheit.

Fire Box (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

A close-up view of the fire box in which firewood or coal is burned.

Fire Box (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

This restored old steam beauty is waiting for viewers with all the power and might, to come down and see her at the Heritage Transport Museum.

Name Plate of Locomotive (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

Kerr Stuart - One of the unprecedented marks of British legacy in India

The foundation of Railways in India was laid during British Empire. Not only in India the British influence was seen in various other parts of world as well, but Indian railways best reflected the British presence. One such locomotive is Kerr Stuart from 1921 with registration  no. 4173.

Kerr Stuart - RIL 1 (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

The locomotive no 4173 was manufactured by Kerr Stuart & Company in England. It was founded by James Kerr & Co. and became Kerr Stuart & Company from 1883. The company was known for producing a number of standard designs. .

Driving wheels & Coupling rods (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

The wheel configuration of the engine is 0-4-0, and operates on broad gauge.

Side View of Kerr Stuart (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

Kerr Stuart at the museum like Jung was purchased by Rohtas Industries Limited. It weighs around 20 tons with a length of 23 feet and height of 8 feet 9 inches. It is characterized by having a saddle tank boiler.

View of the Kerr Stuart from 1921 at Heritage Transport Museum, where it cheerfully greets museum visitors who take pride in getting featured in a photograph with this smoking beauty.

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Mr. Tarun Thakral
Mr. Vivek Seth
Ms. Ragini Bhat

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