The Railways, which owns a host of UNESCO world heritage sites including three mountain railways, is using Internet to create virtual museums to showcase its 160-year-old heritage. The British era steam locomotives, wooden body coaches, narrow and meter gauge rolling stock, stations and office buildings, among others, will be displayed online to make them accessible for a wider range of people. This can also be accessed on a mobile phone.
“With advent of technology and wider reach of Internet, heritage displays need not be limited to collections in museums and galleries or in form of outdoor exhibits near prominent places like stations and administrative offices. Indian Railways is collaborating with technology partners for creating a pan-India virtual museum in a digital web enabled platform,” said a senior railway ministry official.