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 - Lockdown: IRCTC Suspends Bookings For Its 3 Trains Till April 30, Passengers to Get Full Refund



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 - Only Patients, Students and People With Disabilities to Get Railway Concessions for Bookings as of Now

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 - Need Of The Hour! Indian Railways Develops Wash Basin That Operates Without Touching



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.”