“British Marvels” Steam Locomotives and India’s only Coal Museum – Tipong Colliery & Margherita, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The State of Assam in India has been bestowed with a vast reserve of Fossil Fuels. Assam has huge hydrocarbon potential, large quantities of low ash coal resources, limestone and dolomite deposits as well as a few other unexplored minerals in addition to a wide forest covers and abundant rivers.  Coal mining is an important source of livelihood for the people in the state and the largest coal producing company in the world Coal India Ltd. has its operations in the state of Assam under its subsidiary North Eastern Coal Fields Ltd. (NECF).

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Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East at Margherita in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Tour: Relive the Grandeur of the British Raj

Situated very close to the office of the General Manger of Coal India Ltd. at Margherita in Assam is India’s only Coal Museum. The brain child of the Ex. Chief General Manager of NECF Mr. A. K. Bora a coal mining professional and a war history enthusiast (he has never missed to watch any movie/documentary on the World Wars I & II), this museum of International standard was inaugurated on 29th October, 2012 and is opening for public viewing.

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Night View of the Heritage and Only Coal Museum in India at Margherita in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Tour: Relive the Grandeur of the British Raj

The Prime attraction of this museum are the century old Steam Locomotives. The State of Assam was once a British colony famous for coal mining at Makum Coalfields (now called Margherita). These steam locomotives were deployed at these mining sites for transportation of coal. The Engines deployed here were built during the late 1800s and early 1900’s by renowned  locomotive manufacturer from Stafford, England W. G. Bagnall. The likes of the locomotives included JOHN (1924), SHELLY (1930), HASSANG (1897), DAVID and 796. Though these magnificent British marvels were built more than a 100 years ago, some of them are still operational at the Tipong Colliery while the others have been put up on public display at India’s only Coal Museum at Margherita in Assam.

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The David Steam Locomotive in action at Tipong Colliery ~ Tipong ~ Assam ~ India
Tipong Colliery, David Steam Locomotive, Coal Museum Margherita, Assam Tourism
The Oldest operational David Steam Locomotive in action at Tipong Colliery ~ Tipong ~ Assam ~ India
Tipong Colliery, David Steam Locomotive, Coal Museum Margherita, Assam Tourism
Our visitors from Japan with the David Steam Locomotive at Tipong Colliery ~ Tipong ~ Assam ~ India
Tipong Colliery, David Steam Locomotive, Coal Museum Margherita, Assam Tourism
Our visitors from Japan pose for picture with the David Steam Locomotive at Tipong Colliery ~ Tipong ~ Assam ~ India

 

Recommended Itinerary for your Tour: Relive the Grandeur of the British Raj

Another important attraction of the museum is the practice of coal mining depicted in the form of real time models, a demo structure of an underground coal mine, necessities to be carried to the underground mines by the workmen like underground coal mining boots, cap lamps, shovels and other tools of mining, vintage underground telephones, etc. The museum depicts the history of coal mining at Namdang in Assam.  It also contains actual models of transformers, haulages and Circuit breakers manufactured by Crompton Parkinson and Manchester & Scheffield, England.

 

Recommended Itinerary for your Tour: Relive the Grandeur of the British Raj

Other important attractions here at the Coal Museum are the Memoirs of World War II (rare pictures of construction of Stilwell Road, Pangsau Pass and Ledo airstrip, empty shells of bombs used in WW II), the history of the Assam Railways & Trading Co. Ltd (AR &T Co. Ltd.), a rare collection of stamps from over the world, vintage Cyclostyle machines, etc.

 

Recommended Itinerary for your Tour: Relive the Grandeur of the British Raj

This museum is must to see place for people in the coal mining industry and history enthusiasts. Post you visit to the museum you can savor a sumptuous meal of traditional cuisine at the Singpho Villa Restaurant at Singpho Ecotourism Lodge at Margherita and experience open cast coal mining at Tirap Colliery.

 

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the first hand experience of  the”British Marvels” Steam Locomotives and India’s only Coal Museum – Tipong Colliery & Margherita, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Tour: Relive the Grandeur of the British Raj

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