AIMED at promoting efforts put in by railway staff in running trains, a digital museum between platforms 2 and 3 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) is a visual delight for commuters. It includes a TV screen that shows movie clips of motormen and railway police personnel at work.
The museum, inaugurated on October 2, is a joint initiative between the railways and Google Arts and Culture Association to make the wait of the commuters at the station more interesting.
A senior railway official said: “This iconic station building, which is a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Heritage Site has witnessed developments in the city since 1887. The installations aim to entertain those waiting for their trains at one of the busiest stations in the country.”
Apart from the details of train journey, videos on India’s cultural heritage are also screened. Details of artwork from the National Museum’s miniature paintings, bronze sculpture collections and Rabindranath Tagore’s paintings at Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial Hall are also exhibited at the museum.
The digital exhibits have been provided by curators of leading cultural institutions, including the Archaeological Survey of India, the National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.
“The best part about the screens is that one can see the galleries of the iconic institutions through a 360 degree view. Glimpses of some of India’s greatest monuments, like the Red Fort, Ajanta Caves and Taj Mahal’s minars can be seen,’ a railway official said.
Ben Gomes, the vice-president at Google, said: “We hope everyone travelling through the station will find something new and interesting from India’s rich, diverse and fascinating cultural heritage. In addition to the sense of visual delight, it will also bring a moment of lightness and calm to those who get caught up in the rush.”
School teacher Tara Singhania, who travels from CSMT to Kurla everyday, said: “I tend to come early to the station to be in time for my train. I like to watch glimpses of Taj Mahal and other relics as I am an art lover.”
Those waiting for long-distance trains also spend time in front of the museum. Ghatkopar resident Kishore Singhania, who often takes the Deccan Queen to Pune, said: “The museum helps me pass time while I wait for the train. It has some good visuals.” Commuters can also see the digital exhibits on their mobiles through an application.