The Academy was originally founded in 1930 at Dehradun. However it was soon closed down and the infrastructure used to establish Indian Military Academy. The National Academy of Indian Railways, formerly known as Railway Staff College was then setup at its present regal sylvan surroundings at Vadodara, in 1952. It is housed in the Pratap Vilas Palace (built in 1914 AD) surrounded by lush green lawns and designed by C.F. Stevens in the renaissance style. The property comprising of 55 acres of garden and wooded land, enlivened by the calls of peacocks and migratory birds, was purchased from the Gaikwads (erstwhile rulers) of Vadodara.
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National Academy of Indian Railways, Lalbaug, Vadodara