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The Railway Board Building

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The Railway Board Building Overview

Ranked 24 of 40 sightseeing in Shimla

The Railway Board Building, on the way to The Mall, is an unusual structure of cast iron and steel. To ensure safety and fire resistant structure, the building was one of the important buildings of the British Empire. The building built in 1896, held offices of the PWD’s Secretary, Railway Board and a Department of Commerce in the form of Accountant-General.

The building was initially designated as the 'Public Works Department Secretariat Offices'. At present, many of the central Government offices reside inside the building. The building received its current name, when it housed Railway Board in 1923. The fire resistant structure was found intact without any major loss during a blaze in the top floor in 2001.

The historic building was constructed by a Bombay based enterprise, Richardson and Cruddas that has four levels above the road level and three below. The 3 below levels are exposed from the other side of the building.

The site on which the building was constructed had residences known as Herbert House and Low Ville. Other such constructions in the hill station are Ellerslie and Army Head Quarters Offices.
 

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