Indian Railways, partnering with Google, created a free elaborate virtual tour that presents a digital repository of its fascinating and rich heritage and history for the benefit of its passengers. More such screens will become available at other stations as the contents of the virtual tour continues. Already provided is free Wi-Fi service at 100 of the stations.
For this exciting pilot project, Indian Railways began collecting rare pictures, and Google Cultural Institute (GCI) placed six video screens at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Station (CSTM) to showcase and preserve the heritage and history of the national transporter. Much of the content is crowd-sourced and allows technology to help open up culture and art. GCI digitized slices of the interesting history onto digital platforms and helped to create a repository for online access that is universal and free.
Indian Railways has a tremendous amount of heritage assets all across India that include 25 bridges, 34 museums, heritage galleries, 70 buildings, parks, and artifacts. All can be beautifully showcased for a global audience as a tourist attraction. At prominent places, also preserved have been approximately 230 steam locomotives, wagons, and 110 vintage coaches, and they are seeking private participation to continue to preserve and promote rail heritage assets.
Plans will soon include the National Rail Museum and the Rewari Steam Locomotive Shed in the virtual tour and later will be added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. All the rail heritage presentations are expected to be available online in the next five to seven years.
India has some of the world’s most unforgettable and spectacular rail journeys. It is a delight to experience viewing India’s cities, coastal towns, outback, and other regional areas in comfort on an outstanding railroad.
Indian Railways is a national transportation system owned and operated by the Government of India through its Ministry of Railways, which is responsible for country’s rail transport. It is the world’s fourth largest railway network. At the end of 2015-2016, it was comprised of 74,330 miles of total track and 57,216 miles of running track over its route of 41,437 miles with 7,216 stations. It carried 8.107 billion passengers annually, which is over 22 million passengers per day, as well as 1.101 billion tons of freight annually.