This Park is built to commemorate the occasion of completion of 150 Years of arrival of Railways in Vadodara. The Story of development of Railways has been depicted in Park. It also underlines the economic & political changes associated with the Railways.
• The Pioneers Of Vadodara – Baroda
Vadodara, the Banyan City and Sanskar Nagri of Gujarat, owes much of its present day status to a long line of Gaekwar rulers. These pioneers not only helped establish a series of public works and educational institutions across the Baroda State, but were instrumental in bringing the Railways to the region.
It was Maharaja Ganpatrao Gaekwad who first recognized the importance of a rail link to Bombay and granted permission to the BB&CI for construction of a railway line through the State. The historic Bombay – Baroda line which was completed in 1864 and later extended to Ahmedabad in 1865 cemented Baroda’s place in what was to become one of the busiest passenger and freight networks of India.
• Making Possible State Railway
While the first steam trains were chugging in to Vadodara in 1861, Maharaja Khanderao Gaekwad was already at work to link the trading markets of Dabhoi to the mainline railway. The Dabhoi – Miyagam route which opened in 1862 was just the first of several narrow gauge lines that were built by the Gaekwars.
The relaying of the Dabhoi – Miyagam route in 1873 after a brief closure, marks the beginning of a spurt in rail building activity, with the proposed expansion to Chandod in 1879 and the much anticipated connection to Goya Gate in 1880.
The Pratapnagar Railway Heritage Walk is located in the heart of Vadodara and begins with a visit to the Heritage Park, just opposite the Pratapnagar station building. The shady garden is a place for relaxation with a model narrow gauge station at its centre, complete with tracks, signals, lamp-posts and even a couple of carriages.
Exhibition panels supported on 30 lbs narrow gauge railway tracks trace the history of the Western Railway from the humble beginnings of the Great Indian Peninsular Railways’ first passenger train pulled by the legendary engines Sindh, Sahib and Sultan leaving on its maiden run to its present form.
For the next leg of your walk, follow the railway track out of the park and into the station yard where you get up close to our ZDM diesel engines which still haul the train to Jambusar.
In the Rolling Stock Yard you can also take a look at following things:
• Diamond Crossing: Diamond Crossing is a device that is arranged at a location in which two different trains are helpful to take the train on the track. The narrow gauge and broad gauge trains from one track to another is also helpful. The Diamond Crossing at PratapNagar workshop was developed in 1925. A train Crossing from Diamond Crossing was considered a Great Experience.
• Turn Table: In the past, it was only possible to run the engine at one side. So when Train arrived at the Station, it had to be taken to Turn Table to change to different direction. After the Engine is brought to Turn Table, it was manually turned to change its direction. Made in 1874, this Turn Table was operated at Jhagadiya Narrow Gauge Line.
• Hand Crane: Made in Ms. Cowens Seldon & Co. in England in Year 1883, this is a Hand Crane which was placed at Bharuch by BB&CI in Year 1915. This Crane lifted Big Carriages, consignments of both Narrow Gauge & Broad Gauge Trains. The Capacity of Crane is 5 Ton(s).
• Inspection Salon: Railway Officials periodically checked the Narrow Gauge lines. So whenever Railway Officials went for Checking, they attached Inspection Salon to that route. Composed in 1960, the Salon had lights, ceiling fan, water, a chair with table, Rest Room, Kitchen. And for Personal Assistants, arrangements for Rooms & Washroom was also done.
• Tank Wagon: For transferring Petroleum product on a narrow gauge track from place to place, Tank Wagon was used. Later, when current line was replaced with broad gauge line, the tank wagon wagon was used to carry water used at Nagpur division. The tank wagon was built in 1951.
• Relief Train – Boggie Tool Van: Whenever, an train accident happened earlier, for Help & Emergencies, Boggie Tool Van was used before 50-60 Years. Built in 1956, this Boggie Tool Van was also used to transfer injured people to Main Station.
• Relief Train – Boggie Medical Van: At the time of accident, Accident Relief Medical Van was also attached with Relief Train. In which all emergency medical were available. The Boggie had all type of facilities like water, medicines, stretcher and all other necessary equipment.
Earlier while at Pratap Nagar, delightful snacks at Cafeteria, was served either outdoors, or inside a refurbished narrow gauge coach ! But it was then closed.
• Timing : GoyaGate (Pratapnagar) Heritage Park is open 365 Days from 10 AM to 7 PM