Everything was shut for the day so we sat around at the hostel talking until 11:30 a.m. when we over to the park and lay in the sun for a couple of hours.

We caught a number 620 bus out to the Railway Museum which was out past the Diplomatic Enclave. The museum had an interesting collection of old steam trains and several more modern locomotives, all of them painted in their original liveries. The largest locomotive on display was the giant Garrett engine, weighing in at 235 tonnes, the most powerful steam engine ever used in India.

The Garrett locomotive. (Photo supplied)

There was also a very informative museum with well set out displays detailing the history of India’s railways, from the very first line – which opened on April 16th 1853 and ran 21 miles from Bombay to Thatta right up until the present day.

Back in the city centre, we browsed on the sidewalk book¹ stores and ate an expensive and disappointing meal at the Wimpy’s burger restaurant. 

¹ I still have the bootleg copy of A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking, which I purchased at a sidewalk book store that day in Delhi.

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