A toy train carrying cigar and liquorMembers, have you visited the Jai Vilas Palace of Gwalior? If you visit the royal banquet hall of the palace, you will find a toy train was waiting on the very big dining table. The toy train comprises of a silver engine and seven carriages made of silver and crystal decanters.
The toy train was ordered by Maharaja Sir Madho Rao Sindhia, the grandfather of present Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje. The train was manufactured by Bassett Lowke, a famous toy manufacturing company of England (which is still operational). It was manufactured in 1906. The special toy train was used to pass on cigar and liquor to the special guests invited by the Maharaja. The train would stop as soon as a decanter was lifted by any guest.
The Maharaja was a great lover of gadgets. Earlier he had imported another toy train engine from England. When the engine 'died' (stopped functioning), he made a mausoleum for it in the palace garden.