Thursday, April 22, 2010

Stamp Show on Wheels Travels Through India

India's The Hindu reports Indian Railways has organized the country's first philatelic exhibition on wheels.

According to the article, "The exhibition train, comprising three AC coaches, portray important developments in Indian Railways such as horse-drawn carriages, birth of steam locomotives, emergence of metro rail, monorail, super fast trains, rolling stock, important and heritage railway stations, signals, bridges, tracks, tunnels, mountain railways, railway ferries, mail trains, Railway Mail Service and railway centenaries."

The material on display comes from the personal collection of Mohamed Mujibullah of Eastern Railways. Mohamed hopes that the exhibition will enthuse youngsters to take up stamp collecting as a hobby.

The idea of conducting a travelling stamp exhibit was conceived after seeing several abandoned and dilapidated railway coaches. The coaches were later refurbished and made fit for running.

Southern Railway General Manager Deepak Krishan (shown above in the blue shirt) is quoted in the piece as saying, "steps would be taken to include it in the Guinness Book of World Records."

To read the entire article, click here.
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