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Train stamps draw crowds at trade fair

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 24: A collection of stamps depicting trains has become an attraction at a trade fair, which is on at Exhibition Ground.

The collection of A. Krishna Rao, 52, a senior section engineer of the East Coast Railway (ECoR), has stamps from 130 countries. It is on display at the fair’s ECoR’s kiosk.

The collection includes stamps from Finland, China, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Brazil. The railway journey through stamps also contains a number of postal stamps depicting the journey of Indian Railways.

“I have been collecting postal stamps for the past 15 years. I have collected the stamps from my friends who have visited foreign countries. Till date, I have spent around Rs 2 lakh on this collection,” said Rao, who is now posted in Visakhapatnam.

Rao also has a big collection of coins from various countries. This collection also includes coins to commemorate various milestones of Indian Railways.

“I have been collecting coins for 35 years now. I have more than 10,000 coins in my collection and the earliest of them is from 1835,” he said.

Besides, a number of photographs depicting the evolution of Indian Railways are on display at the fair organised by the Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The exhibition will be on till February 26. “The old photographs will certainly help us knowing the evolution of the railways. I found the photographs of a pair of elephant pushing a compartment and a pair of bullocks pulling another really interesting,” said Paritosh Pradhan, a student.

Apart from this, the ECoR authorities are also exhibiting the model of a bio-toilet to sensitise people about use of eco-friendly technology. Models of a solar lighting system, advanced goods wagon, elimination of level crossings and a toy train are also on display.

“Our basic aim is to reach out to the people and create awareness regarding the achievements of Indian Railways and showcasing new initiatives to make the journey of passengers secure and comfortable,” said a senior railway official.