Thursday, 18 August 2011

"Siberia across your screen"

Interesting service from Russian Railways by way of the Railway Gazette:

Siberia across your screen

22 February 2010, Railway Gazette
RUSSIA: Google and Russian Railways have launched a ‘virtual’ Trans-Siberian journey from Moscow to Vladivostok.
Anyone with a broadband internet connection will be able to make a 'journey' along the route starting from any city or station without leaving home. 

Video footage totalling around 150 h was shot through a train window during daylight hours, enabling the viewer to watch almost 9 300 km of scenery pass across their screen. The journey can also be tracked using Google Maps, allowing the user to click on any point to see footage of that section of route.
and the service provided by Google:

Moscow-Vladivostok: virtual journey on Google Maps

The great Trans Siberian Railway, the pride of Russia, goes across two continents, 12 regions and 87 cities. The joint project of Google and the Russian Railways lets you take a trip along the famous route and see Baikal, Khekhtsirsky range, Barguzin mountains, Yenisei river and many other picturesque places of Russia without leaving your house. During the trip, you can enjoy Russian classic literature, brilliant images by photographer Anton Lange and fascinating stories about the most attractive sites on the route. Let's go!

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