ECoR establishes heritage park  in Sambalpur

Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway (ECoR) has created a heritage park in Sambalpur town to showcase an age old steam locomotive. ECoR sources here said the objective of the heritage park is to honour the glorious tradition of the past of the railways and also to provide a glimpse of the same to the future generations.

The steam locomotive No.-679 has been retrieved from the junk yard of Bankura railway station of ADRA division under South Eastern Railway and placed in front of the DRM office December 31, 1999 on the eve of the new millennium after giving a new sleek and beautiful look. This steam locomotive pulled mail/express trains in the then Bengal-Nagpur Railway.

The heritage locomotive was built by the North British Locomotive Co.Ltd, Glassgow (Scotland) in 1908 in the name NG Steam locomotive No.679 having its wheel configuration 4-6-2 with Class CC. It was carved on a brass plate and is placed at the heritage site.

In the next few days, old-style semaphore signals (with signal arms) will be installed in front of the locomotive engine. Special arrangement will be made for school and college students to visit DRM office and be photographed with the locomotive engine in the background.

Indian Railways has started to preserve more than 160 years of its history both tangible and intangible heritage and is the proud owner of four UNESCO accorded World Heritage Sites namely Darjeeling Himalayan railway (1999), Nilgiri Mountain Railway (2005), Kalka Shimla Railway (2008) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai (2004). The railway have also preserved about 16 steam locomotives as working heritage.   PNN

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