Kalka Shimla Railway
Estd. 1903

Kalka Shimla Railway

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

India's Rail Heritage Digitization Project is on Google Arts & Culture

The Indian Railways in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture has launched a "Rail Heritage Digitization Project". The project can be accessed through link https://artsandculture.google.com/project/indian-railways. The project, which took over two years to complete, features 75 online exhibitions, over 3500 images and 200 videos.

With over 151,000 kilometres of track, 7,000 stations, 1.3 million employees and 160 years of history, the Indian Railway is one of the most celebrated railway networks in the world.

In collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, Indian Railways has been able to digitize the National Rail Museum, Rewari Steam Centre, three World Heritage Railways, the CSMT Mumbai building and other prominent aspects of country's rail heritage. One will be able to view heritage routes with a 360-degree panoramic view of iconic railway stations, including Kalka-Shimla, Nilgiri Mountain Railway Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, and Kangra Valley Railway.

The exhibition will also bring alive the lost stories and heroic efforts of people like the track-man, station master, and workshop engineers. Glimpses of Railway history and evolution are captured in 33 Rail Museums & Heritage Galleries, four World Heritage Sites, hundreds of buildings, bridges, locomotives, coaches, other rolling stocks, artifacts etc.

"Being a 165 year old organization, the Railways has a lot of material which we need to preserve and leave behind for posterity. The Indian Railways has a lot of treasured moments for the world to see how technologies evolved over time: "This project is all about the iconic moments, the movements, and the making of Indian Railways, which today is the backbone of the country in many ways.