Joshi's Museum of Miniature Railways
Welcome to the first miniature city in India.
To visit this city, you will need to go to Joshi's
Museum of Miniature
Railways. The museum was the brainchild of
the late Mr. B. S. Joshi, popularly known as Bhau
Joshi. The museum owes its existence to Bhau
Joshi's childhood passion of collecting train
models. As a child, he spent hours working on
layouts of various kinds. It could be a fortress
of Shivaji, a layout of a circus camp, a scene
on an express highway with moving cars, or even
a depiction of a fire engine putting out a fire.
An amazing aspect of these layouts was that none
of them seemed to resemble some amateurish work
undertaken by a child to while away his time.
It was painstaking effort, with every minute detail
such as proportion and symmetry taken into account.
Soon Bhau Joshi's 'layouts' were the talk of the
neighbourhood with people queuing up to have a
look at his awesome models.
the 1980s he started work on a dream layout, a
sort of a culmination of a 40-year obsession.
He decided to create a permanent museum of
miniature Railways. In fact, Mr. Joshi, owner
of Soudamini Instruments, a factory dealing in
electro magnetic relays, was in no way connected
with the railways. Train models were just a hobby
In 1991,a special hall was constructed on the
first floor of his factory. It was here that the
awesome 'layout' was set up. The 'layout' has
nearly 1000 wires coming out of the control panel.
Also depicted in the 'layout' are 65 signals,
fences, lampposts, flyovers, etc, all manufactured
by hand, using chemical etching techniques. The
control panel has been so designed that the entire
layout can be operated manually or computer controlled.
At the museum, you will see a fully functional
station yard with 6 platforms, announcement
systems, 3 main lines, goods loading facility.
Also on view are a two-lane highway with moving
cars, a Drive-in theater, a Highway cafeteria,
a circus show, a swimming pool with people enjoying
a swim, windmills, tunnels, mountains, ghat section,
mountaineers and many more such depictions!
The museum exists purely due to the single-minded
devotion and hard work of the now-deceased Bhau
Joshi. According to him, architecture,
engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics,
statistics, and even accounting and photography
are linked to this hobby. It was Bhau Joshi's
fervent wish that the coming generation would
cultivate this hobby since it would help them
develop a multidisciplinary personality and help
them in the real world.
Timings: Saturdays and Sundays, 5 pm –8.00
pm. Batches every half an hour.
Museum of Miniature Railways, next to Sangam Press,
Soudamini Instruments, 17/1 B/2, G. A. Kulkarni
Road, off Karve Road, Kothrud, Pune 411 029; Phone:
543 5378; Fax: 543 1165; email: