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Discover another remarkable WWII relic at the Heritage Transport Museum - the Fordson E83W Van! 🚚
During World War II, the Fordson E83W played a crucial role in supporting the war effort. Originally designed for small haulage and often used by grocers for deliveries, these vans were incredibly versatile. They came in various configurations, including flatbeds and panel vans. But what makes these vans even more special is their transformation during the war. In a true testament to innovation, they were revamped and repurposed as mobile canteens.
In days of yore, bullock carts were the cherished gems of their owners, coming in a myriad of shapes and sizes. These magnificent carts weren't just means of transport; they were works of art, often adorned for special occasions. Some were even meticulously crafted for grand processions! Behold the opulence of the 1860 bullock cart from the early 20th century, adorned with intricate floral carvings.
Birmingham Small Arms (BSA)
During WWII, transportation played a vital role in mobilizing troops, and some vehicles have become iconic reminders of that era. One such gem is the BSA WM 20 Bike. 🏍️ Did you know that Birmingham Small Arms (BSA), known for its firearms, played a pivotal role during WWII by producing the commercial M20 model of motorcycles? These BSA M20 bikes were widely used as 'Dispatch Rider' motorcycles, aiding in communication when radio transmission was unreliable. 📻
Grand Trunk Road
The evolution of transport is an epic journey itself, and at its heart lies the construction of connecting roads. In the Indian subcontinent, the expansion of roads became the lifeline of empires, trade, and a tapestry of diverse cultures. Enter the 'Grand Trunk Road,' an ancient route that weaves together India and its surrounding Asia.It has borne witness to the unfolding saga of trade, economies, cultures, and religious beliefs.
Royal Palanquin Chronicles
Palanquins, the OG mode of royal transportation, have been the epitome of convenience since ancient times. Picture this: a wooden box with sturdy poles, gracefully carried by men on their shoulders. In the mid-19th century, these palanquins underwent a glamorous makeover, with curtain-worthy box-like structures.
Introducing the Vijay Super Mark II Scooter!
Did you know that the famous Vijay Super Scooters were made by 'Scooters India Ltd,' the same company that brought us the iconic Lambretta in India? Back in 1975, they began making the 'Vijay Super' Scooters for our country. This simple yet stylish two-wheeler became a big hit, just like other popular scooters of its time. In fact, it was so loved that after India won the World Cup Trophy in 1983, the Indian Government gifted a Vijay Super Scooter to every member of the cricket team.
Art installation - Re(wind)
In re(wind), the acclaimed artist Baptist Coelho explores the fundamental element of air while reflecting on childhood memories of creating and flying paper airplanes. Paper airplanes are deceptively simple, handmade objects; their fragile nature at variance with the complex technology of today’s machines. This installation reflects on the basic act of folding paper and the magical moment of flight.
The Fairy Queen Steam Locomotive
🚂 The year 1853 is a memorable one in Indian Railway History. A legendary steam locomotive, soon to be christened as the 'Fairy Queen', arrived in India as a kit of parts. Originally known as 481, this locomotive was meticulously assembled and delivered to the East India Railways in 1855, earning the designation EIR22. In those days, EIR22 powered the mail train between Howrah and Raniganj in West Bengal. It even played a role in transporting troops during the Indian War of Independence.
Indo Saracenic Style
Indo Saracenic Style – Indo Saracenic architecture derives its components from Indo – Islamic and Gothic revival architecture. The most common elements include bulbous onion shaped domes, arched windows, cusped arches, domed kiosks and multiple miniature domes and turrets. Lucknow Railway station is one of the many best representations of Indo-Saracenic architecture of Indian Railway stations.
Gothic architecture is characterized by its iconic ogival arches, flying ramparts, ribbed vaults and detailed ornamentation. Gargoyles and tall, pointed pinnacles add a unique touch. The Victoria Terminus Railway Station in Bombay is a timeless example of Gothic beauty, retaining old world charm in full glory. Photo Credit: Picture taken from the book ‘Indian Railway Buildings - Heritage, History and Beyond’ by Vinoo. N Mathur.
Romanesque Revival – Tracing its origins to the medieval ages in Europe, the Romanesque architecture type had been predominantly noted in churches and castles. The Romanesque style is distinguished by its towering presence, adorned with elegant arches, and intricate arcading along the façades, lending an enchanting allure to these structures. Picture 1 - Madras Central Picture 2 - Agra Fort Station Picture 3 - Karachi Cantonment Station
Neo Classical Architecture Type Railway Buildings in India (18th-19th centuries)
During this era Neo Classical Architecture breathed new life into structures across the nation. The elegant revival of Classical design became a hallmark of the time, leaving an indelible mark on the heritage of railway buildings. One such gem that captured the essence of Neo-Classical architecture was the Royapuram Station. Built in 1856, this station stands as a tribute to the era's architectural renaissance.
This is a fascinating archival image on display at the Heritage Transport Museum showcasing the tramways crossing Pydownie Street in Bombay! This street is also the central hub of three streets and is home to the oldest police station in the city as per records. #HeritageTransportMuseum #BombayHistory #PydownieStreet #MumbaiTemples #OldestPoliceStation
Take a look at this amazing piece of history - Crawford Market in Bombay City! This photograph is on display as part of the current exhibition of Street Scenes of India dating from the 1880s to 1940s. Stay tuned for more photographs from this exhibit! #CrawfordMarket #BombayCity #HistoryLesson #HeritageTransportMuseum