8 Unmissable Virtual Tours of Indian Railways


By Google Arts & Culture

The centre domeChhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

Take a virtual journey through famous routes and destinations in 360˚

Go full steam ahead into the world of the railways with your Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer and see Mumbai’s beautiful Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus from exciting new angles; discover surprising facts about the history of transportation in India; and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the luxurious train carriages of the royals.

To get the Cardboard experience, make sure you’ve downloaded the Google Arts & Culture app and click on the links below to launch the tours.

1. The Dome at CSMT

Take a virtual tour of inside the CSMT terminal building and discover the intricate details you might have missed: look up and discover the story behind its majestic central dome, and find out why there's more to the ornately carved jaali windows than meets the eye.


2. The Front Facade at CSMT

Get up close to the unique architectural style of the CSMT’s exterior facade, learn some more about the history of its design and construction, and find out about the significance of all its statues, sculptures, and ornamentation.


The front facadeChhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

3. CSMT by Night

See the CSMT as never before, after night has fallen and it has been transformed by a dazzling light show. Take a tour of its nooks and crannies, illuminated in red, white and green.


The view of the first and the second floorChhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

4. The Star Chamber at CMST

Experience a new perspective of the CSMT’s famous star chamber – a booking office with a difference. Zoom in to the elaborate ceiling, and discover the incredible way the gigantic sandstone columns were made.


Italian marblesChhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

5. The Royal Jodphur Saloon

Ever wondered how the royals take to the rails? See how Maharajas, princes and queens travel in style with this virtual tour of a luxurious “Palace on Wheels” train carriage. Explore the impressive interiors and sumptuous details.


Bed Room inside the CoachHeritage Transport Museum

6. The Calcutta Tram

Take a ride through India’s transport heritage with this virtual tour of a 1940s tram. See the tram brought back to life, learn more about how they were operated, how they shaped Kolkata and other Indian cities, and what the horses that initially pulled them had to wear to cope with the heat!


Tram Car (Sep-Nov 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

7. Steam Engines at the Heritage Transport Museum

Meet a few of the Steam Engines at the heritage transport museum and learn a little about their history, their specs, and what they can do.


Kerr Stuart Steam Locomotive (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum

8. The Rewari Steam Locomotive Centre

Take a walk through history and explore the only surviving steam loco shed in India – a spot you might recognize from several notable films in Indian cinema. You’ll find the world's oldest working locomotive, and see how train design evolved over time.


Rewari Steam Locomotive ShedHeritage Directorate, Indian Railways

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