Dabhoi Heritage Park was inaugrated by Shri Ravindra Nath Varma, Manager (Western Railway) on 10th November 2010.
• Dabhoi & the Railways
Dabhoi’s importance as a trade centre in the 19th Century is what prompted the far-sighted Maharaja of Baroda, Khanderao Gaekwar to push for the construction of railway line to link the city to the BB&CI mainline between Baroda and Bombay.
While the proposed alignment was for a narrow gauge line connecting Dabhoi to Itola, the Miyagam route
was later deemed more viable and in 1862 the first oxen drawn goods and passenger carriages made their way between Dabhoi and Miyagam.
At Dabhoi Heritage Park you can retrace a beautiful railway journey. A tranquil walk under shady trees of this well-laid out garden, is like walking through the pages of time. Look back on the history of the Gaekwar Baroda State Railways (GBSR) through letters, photographs and time tables of a by-gone era when narrow gauge steam trains were the toast of the land.
Poems dedicated to steam engines lighten your mood as you marvel at how the GBSR managed to execute the quickest turn-around in Narrow gauge history within six months of taking over these lines from the BB&CI.
• Getting Here
Dabhoi under the Gaekwars of Baroda fast grew into the hub of a network of narrow gauge lines that criss-crossed the countryside providing connections to places like the Chandod, Bodeli and Timba.
Much of this network is still functioning and the perfect way to get to Dabhoi would be aboard a train from Pratapnagar station, Vadodara.
The running time is 50 minutes from Pratapnagar to Dabhoi with daily trains departing at 7.10, 10.30 and 18.15. Return trains are available daily at 8.30, 11.50 and 19.30.
Alternatively, Dabhoi is a short 30 km drive from Vadodara, with regular GSRTC and private buses plying the route. Vadodara is of course well connected by road, rail and air to Mumbai (392 km), Ahmedabad (100 km), and Delhi (986 km).
• Timing: Dabhoi Heritage Park is open 365 Days, 24 Hours a day.