Seventy-two-year-old B Bajaj has been collecting railway passes and tickets for the past 40 years and religiously pasting them in albums. This year at the Indian Railways ‘Railway week’ exhibition at Churchgate, starting April 16, Bajaj’s unique collection will be on display.
Bajaj has been preserving these passes since 1966. “I used to then travel from Bhayander to Churchgate in local trains. I started collecting rail passes as a hobby. Today I have seven albums filled with these passes,” says Bajaj who resides at Goregaon along with his son.
The first green-coloured first class pass, that is part of his collection, was between Goregaon and Churchgate, which he bought for Rs 55. The most recent addition to his collection is a first class pass on the same routes for which he paid Rs 645. As of date he has collected 262 such rail passes of varying sizes and colours. “The printed passes has destroyed their look,” rues Bajaj.
Citizens who wish to add to the exhibition can mail their memorabilia and photographs at firstname.lastname@example.org.