Indian Railway has a huge list of heritage assets including bridges, steam locos, buildings, artefacts and museums which can be showcased for global audience. Railways will collaborate with Google for digitizing and showcasing its heritage on digital platforms.
Google has also agreed to partner with Railways to digitize its heritage assets. The search engine will help create a digital repository for universal online access free of cost, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
An agreement in this regard will be signed soon between National Rail Museum and Google Cultural Institute (GCI). GCI is a non-profit organisation that partners with cultural organisations to bring world's cultural heritage online.
GCI will builds online tools and offers specific to the Indian Railways and put them online to institutions for showcasing and sharing cultural assets. "Once these are placed online, it will act as a great tourist attraction," said an official from GCI, as reported in NDTV.
The official said collaboration will not only make NRM accessible online and offer virtual tours but also help digitise the national transporter's entire heritage inventory which includes more than 20 museums, hundreds of steam locos, bridges etc.