Google Maps Street View today hits the train tracks of the majesty of the famous railway lines of the Swiss Alps and the surrounding scenery.
In a blog post Ulf Spitzer, Street View Program Manager, Europe announcing the launch said that "In cooperation with Rhaetian Railway, Street View team has collected images from one of the world's most scenic railway routes--the Albula-Bernina line in Switzerland--that'll soon be live on Google Maps.
Spitzer notes "To capture the stunning scenery for Street View, we mounted our trike--a three-wheel pedicab with a camera system on top--to a flatbed at the front of a train. As the train travelled along the line, cameras facing nine different directions captured still photos of the surrounding areas that we're now stitching together into 360-degree panoramic views." Adding, Spitzer said, "Soon, we'll publish the imagery on Google Maps for people around the globe to enjoy and experience themselves."
The imagery will provide admirers of this route with completely new perspectives, and also help document and preserve this UNESCO World Heritage site.
"A complex system of tunnels, viaducts and galleries allow the railway line to pass through the narrow valleys and climb almost 2,000 meters in altitude. It's unique to see technology and architecture like this in a natural landscape, and the route is a popular tourist destination offering amazing photography opportunities," added Spitzer.
Watch the photos from imagery collection and the video embedded below: