“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”– Benjamin Franklin
The field trip to the National Rail Museum, Delhi was organized by The Khaitan School to promote awareness about the types of engines as a part of their curriculum having Theme- Travel for the month of March. The First batch of Class II comprising Sections –A, B, C and D went to the National Rail Museum on March 02,2023 and the second batch comprising sections – E, F, G and H got their turn on March 03,2023.
The learning objectives of the Trip to National Rail Museum was to make students understand-
How humans travel from one place to another due to specific needs .
Type of transport and their evolution keeping in mind the of mankind.
Change in locomotives they see in present times has evolved over time as advancement in technology.
Types of wheels in different modes of transport.
Observe and gain first hand knowledge upon seeing the exhibits at the museum.
How people traveled in the past.
The school organized a pre-visit to the National Rail Museum and a presentation was made and was shared with students giving them a brief about the museum.
On the day of visit, students assembled in the school grounds in the morning and boarded the school buses after a head count and briefing by the teachers.
The National Rail Museum, New Delhi represents the splendid more than 166 years of rich heritage of Indian Railway sprawling in over 11 acres of land. Emulating the setting of a railway yard.
The students were amazed to see extensive outdoor gallery houses, a variety of steam, diesel and electric locomotives along with a fascinating collection of royal saloons, wagons, carriages, armored trains, rail cars and a turntable. These original life-size exhibits have been well maintained and restored. Interactive displays and models exhibited inside.
The Indoor gallery enthralled students and they saw a display of remarkable stories related to early modes of transportation to date and future endeavors in Indian Railways. They also witnessed some remarkable collections of historical photographs, documents, railway artifacts, static exhibits, antiquated items and old furniture which enhance the experience of around 5 lakhs visitors every year and envisioned how a single investment of Indian Railway helped in unification and progress of India as a nation.
Time moved swiftly onward and the students had to board the buses back for the school, much against their wishes. The visit proved to be an experiential learning for the students as they could relate their learning about the theme-Travel.
The students got a closer look at type of engines, wheels, mode of transport in early India and now, The World’s highest “Chenab Bridge”, steam and electrical engines and a lot more.
During the entire trip the students behaved in a disciplined, enthusiastic, excited and admirable manner, and carried home some life time memories which they will always cherish.
After reaching the school students were made to do – Post Trip Work. On an A4 sheet they drew and colour what they saw on their visit. They also wrote a couple of sentences on what they learned during the trip.
The following learning outcomes were achieved by conducting visit to the National Rail Museum
This trip has given them a chance to see different types of locomotives.
The communication skills of the students were enhanced when they talked, described and shared information about engines, trains and different modes of transport.
This trip has provided them an opportunity to enhance their listening, speaking and imagination skills.
Watching life size exhibits and miniatures in an apt environment expands their learning experience.
Students understood how the Indian Railways the premier transport organization of the country evolved in the years, making it the largest railway network in Asia and second largest under one management.