Kalka-Shimla Railway

Kalka-Shimla Railway

Indian Railways is one of the largest and oldest railway networks in the world. It has been in operation for 180 years, starting in 1837 with the Red Hill Railway that ran from Red Hills to Chintadripet bridge in Madras (now Chennai). And now, Indian Railways is working with internet giant Google to bring that 180-year heritage closer to the millions of people who use it. The two are working on developing software to run a virtual tour of heritage railway lines, museums and more. The software is expected to release on social media in 2018, and a mobile app is also being planned. ALSO READ: Spicejet Adds More Flights for New Year 2018 Holidays Also Read - Taking Trains From or Deboarding at Delhi From June 1? Check Entry And Exit Plans of Stations Here



Google and the Indian Railways are working to create a virtual tour of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in the south end of Mumbai city and the National Rail Museum in New Delhi. They are also working on a tour along the famed Kalka-Shimla narrow-gauge line that has been running since 1898. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Railways Issues Guidelines, Makes Screening, Confirmed Tickets Compulsory For Passengers to Board 200 Special Trains From June 1

The Kalka-Shimla line is part of the mountain railways of India that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is CSMT. Subrata Nath, executive director of heritage at Indian Railways, said that a virtual tour will allow people to not only learn more about the heritage and history of the railways, but see the scenic beauty of the route as well. NOW READ: Travel Alert: Heavy Rain and Snow hits Kashmir Valley Also Read - Indian Railways News: 200 Special Trains From Tomorrow, TTEs Not Allowed to Touch Tickets | Check New Rules



A second phase of the project is also planned out, covering the Neral-Matheran railway that connects Neral station just outside Mumbai with the smallest hill station in India, Matheran. Google also worked to recently set up video installations in CSMT that offer a 360-degree view the Red Fort, Taj Mahal and Ajanta Caves. Google vice-president Ben Gomes said, “We hope everyone who travels from CSMT will get to see something new and interesting about India’s rich, diverse, and fascinating cultural heritage. We are proud to partner with the Indian Railways and use the power of technology to bring the arts and artefacts to India’s most active and historic stations.”