"Government schools are shutting down these days because children are going to private schools.
The school, which has classes from one to seven, had 50 students while a few others were reportedly waiting in the wings to join some private schools.
The education department stumbled upon this idea when it faced the challenge of possible school dropouts and parents admitting children to private schools, school authorities said.
The officer said the four-five teachers in the school decided to paint the school wall to resemble a train.
"After the painting, not only did children give up their plans to go to private schools but some others came back from nearby private schools," the officer said.
Earlier, there were 50 students but today their number has increased to 55, he added.
Villagers too contributed their mite by laying the foundation for a school compound wall.
Basava Naik, the school headmaster, said "One of our teachers got a message about the school-train somewhere in Rajasthan, which prompted him to plan a similar thing here.
We are happy that children are showing interest in our school.
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