Information published on 5 May 2020 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 690.

Spain: A new online exhibition on Spanish railway history, on Google Arts & Culture

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The exhibition is an educational tour of Madrid Railway Museum and its collections.

The Spanish Railway Foundation intends to continue expanding its cultural offer in Google Arts & Culture, in order to disseminate information on its activities.

The Spanish Railway Foundation site on Google Arts & Culture offers a new virtual exhibition on railway history. It comprises an educational tour of the Madrid Railway Museum, a walk along the platforms of the Madrid-Delicias station that houses the Museum, and a chance to take a look at the vehicles that make up its permanent exhibition.

The Foundation was one of the first institutions related to the world of trains to collaborate with Google Arts & Culture, an initiative that allows free access to culture through Internet. The aim is to continue expanding the contents on this digital platform to disseminate the Foundation’s collections and activities related to every aspect of the railway sector.

This new exhibition allows visitors to tour the entire Madrid Railway Museum via Google Street View and to enter the rooms and the most emblematic vehicles of its collection. Thus, virtual visitors can wander around the infrastructure, clock or model rooms, or visit the deposits of the Historical Railway Archive and the Railway Library. They can also find an outstanding collection of railway vehicles, made up of steam, electric and diesel locomotives, railcars and passenger coaches and even get a driver’s eye view from the cabs of some spectacular locomotives, or access to a post office coach or a luxury saloon coach.

These are just some of the attractions of the new exhibition, to which a large number of photographs and very specific information on other vehicles on display from the Museum’s collection have been added.

The Foundation’s site on Google Arts & Culture also includes previous exhibitions: “Talgo - Anticipating the future", “25 years of high-speed rail in Spain” and a third one on the railway history told through railway maps. The exhibition on Talgo, focusing on the evolution of railway technology, was created for “Once Upon a Try”, a Google Arts & Culture project on inventions and discoveries of humanity launched last year in which the Foundation collaborated.

Google Arts & Culture is dedicated to the dissemination of art and culture through digital contents using Google’s technological means. It has information from more than 2000 museums and archives around the world and is like a large online catalogue, with works of art, collections and stories illustrated with multimedia information and high-resolution images. All this digitised content is accessible to anyone from anywhere.

Access to the virtual exhibition “The railway through history”:
artsandculture.google.com/partner/fundacion-de-los-ferrocarriles-espanoles

(Source: FFE)