30 Sep 2018
Google, Indian Railways collaborate to preserve culture, heritage of railways
Always wanted to be a traveler but too busy to be one? Worry not.
Google and the Ministry of Railways have recently launched a project that will not just let you take virtual tours but will also show you photographs and documentaries pertaining to Railways.
It aims to preserve the culture and heritage of the Indian Railways through the Google Art & Culture app.
What is the project about?
'The Railways- Lifeline of a Nation', a comprehensive digital document available on Google's Arts & Culture website, was launched at National Rail Museum, New Delhi.
The two-year digitization project is divided into "Journeys", "People", "Heritage" and "Engineering" sections, each containing visual and textual narratives that are free to access.
It comprises photographs, documentaries, text, virtual tours, 360-degree video, online exhibits pertaining to Indian Railways.
The project also includes stories of Railway employees
The project will also document stories of 32 Railway employees, including engineers, ticket checkers, trackmen, and shunters and capture stories from the other sections like the street art, literature, Bollywood, music, and sports, which show the interdependence of trains and culture.
Travel through the history of Indian Railways
Travel through the history of Indian Railways on @googlearts. Explore scenic routes and local destinations, and read heart-warming stories of @RailMinIndia's legacy.— Google India (@GoogleIndia) September 28, 2018
→ https://t.co/vNp2Qo3M1K pic.twitter.com/fqZxBG4jZX
Railways' heritage, treat for both, young and old: Google official
Project-related digital exhibits will also be available at 22 Railway stations.
Google Arts & Culture partnered with over 50 cultural institutions in India to bring digital exhibits that capture the country's rich culture online.
"The extraordinary heritage, history, and culture of Indian Railways are truly fascinating, and a treat for both the young and the old," said Amit Sood, Director, Google Cultural Institute.