A project of this magnitude couldn't possibly have been put up by me single handed.
A lot of input, support and encouragement has come in from some good friends, both from within the irfca. (Indian Railways Fan Club Association) and from out of it.
My special thanks to the following people, without whose help and support this site might have taken a totally different (and much smaller) shape altogether:
NAMES ARE ARRANGED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER ONLY AND DO NOT FOLLOW ANY SEQUENCE OR GRADING PATTERN WHATSOEVER.
My contact at the 'other end', who kept me supplied with the latest news and developments at the NRM. Harsh also provided me with some photographs (acknowledged at the respective places), some museum brochures, slides, and the map on the first outdoor exhibits page.
It was Harsh Vardhan who was actually instrumental in kicking this site off the ground, making me spring into action in the process.I had been toying with the idea of putting up such a site for over a year, but was putting it off due to the sheer magnitude of the project.
Harsh Vardhan lives in New Delhi, India.
John was the first person to whom I revealed the commencement of work on this project. John suggested several changes and helped a lot in fine tuning the text. He also provided wealth of additional information, based on his own research, and backed it up with a lot of encouragement.
It was John Lacey's implicit faith in what he called my talent and creative abilities that really encouraged me to explore, experiment and innovate. That was a real shot in the arm, John.
John Lacey is based in Australia.
My colleague in Grand Stores, Dubai. Sanjay discovered the site quite by accident one day as he peeped over my shoulder when I was looking over one of the pages while at work. He made several valuable points, gave a lot of suggestions and ideas. Sanjay also pointed out some typos in the text.
Basically from Haryana in India, Sanjay now lives in Dubai.
Present system administrator at the irfca, Satish is my hyperlinking guru. After having decided to incorporate the user friendly feature of clicking on a title to be automatically transferred to the item of your choice, and having set up the hyperlinked master list of outdoor exhibits page, I suddenly realized that there was but one small hitch: I hadn't the faintest idea as to how to get the links to work. It was then that I chanced upon Satish Pai's site, with such features incorporated. The rest is history. Satish patiently let me in on the rudiments of hyperlinking paragraph headings to items on the same page, or at the most the next page.
But for Satish, this site wouldn't be as user friendly as it is today.
Satish also allowed me to hyperlink his work on IR history to the 'NRM-History and Origins' page of this website. Satish has very cleverly put down in point form the origins of the IR right upto the present day.
Satish lives in the USA.
Thanks to Shanku for letting me use his terrific clipart: all those tiny IR diesels, and electrics and passenger cars you see on this site, are all the creation of Shanku Niyogi.
I was breaking my head as to how and from where to get clipart of Indian stock: Shanku has saved me a lot of worry.
Shanku lives in Canada.
Sundar Krishnamurthy from whose subsidiary webpage,the IRIZ Indian Railways Information Zone) that I followed the 'for more cool lines click here' link to get the attractive miniature full trains on this page. (those which appear between the names.)
Sundar is presently based in the USA.
Takahide Yamamoto for very kindly allowing me to use his monochrome Fairy Queen photograph on the Fairy Queen page.
Takahide lives in Japan.
I also wish to thank spree.com for their unlimited web space: Space limitations would have been a serious impediment to a site as large as this. Thanks to spree.com, we simply went on and on and on with building, not having to worry about remaining web space.
Apologies to anyone else whose names are not included here. Drop me a line,and I shall make amends pronto!
I hope you enjoy your visit to India's first transport museum: the National Rail Museum.
As for me, I'm presently based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.