“This heritage building built since 1888 at CST (Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus) railway station is wide open to public to showcase the hidden beauty lying with its monument structure adding its contribution to our proud Mumbai city. A warm welcome to citizens and foreigner tourist who are looking out for some old heritage beautiful structures. CST railway station museum is well maintained and something not to miss out if near as the guided tour started in December 28th 2012 by Railway is an opportunity to see how this beautiful building looks and what’s the beautiful heritage all about from inside.. “
Heritage Building Guided Tour
Star Chambers is what the ticket window area is called and this paid tour is located at backside of this ticket window. As soon as one enters the CST Building’s heritage spot area, one can see the huge Roman Catholic style carved dome with sprinkling sun light rushing in from those dusty colourful glasses designed and painted with red and blue coloured artefacts. An 8 feet staircase at the entrance of Museum welcomes you to give the feel of what those Britishers have thought and felt while climbing Feel the walk those Britishers had while climbing those black coloured staircase made up of strong old time iron bars. Ask the museum guide and he will detail more precisely about same.
The marbled walls and those beautiful recesses along with those huge multicoloured slabs standing all across has some 8 to 10 different types of stones. The designed and the logic behind those tough and some very soft multilevel slab, which is a kind of supporting system of this heritage building has some deep research done during that time. It feels like those soft stones used in those slabs are the support system in case of minor earthquakes to help the structure survive and be steady.
Mumbai citizens and tourists visited CST building museum before have never seen those beautiful artefacts inside this restrict area of building sharply carved showcasing elephants cart ‘rath’, those old steam engines of then railway era, Lion chasing deer and that one huge antique piece of peacock carves on wall and façade. Grotesque, Medallions, Gargoyles, Monograms and Motifs are seen all around which is not to be missed and cannot be seen in our 21st Century work.
Railway Museum Section
Yet another interesting unseen corner of this building is the Railway museum area which has collection of Old times crockery and utilities used by railway officers since 1888 when this structure was made. It has old classic telephone which rings ‘Tring Tring’, drawing and artwork pictures of old Mumbai’s Indian Peninsular Railway and CST building, An old ceiling fan with 4 wings, those brass cutlery articles and more.
3 of the old and most attractive thing of this museum is the wide looking Wooden Chair facing the General Manager office area still strong enough to hold weight, Next is the old time green coloured railway engine and those passenger train compartment (coaches) in red which is very beautiful and looks like a mini playing toys. 3rd and final antiques is a Brass bell which was installed in 1866 at Neral Railway Station. Those were the Non-Digital Railway system era when guards use to ring such brass bells and all major indicators were manual. Its a beautiful one time experience one must have when at CST station.
Tour Timings and Charges
Timings : 7 Days wide open from 3 Pm to 5 Pm (Limited 2 hours only)
Entry Fees : Normal Charges are Rs.200 with Discount of Rs.100 to Students
Contact Number : Yet not available, One can enquire at station master office or ticket counter of CST.
(Kindly Note : Charges and Timings may change without prior notice.
See also : See also BMC Building attractionlocated exactly opposite this station.