07 August 2023
New virtual tours allow customers to plan their journey through stations, but also provide great resource for modellers.
East Midlands Railway (EMR) has created online virtual tours of several stations to help customers plan their journey – particularly benefiting disabled and anxious customers. The virtual tours, which currently include Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham, Lincoln, and Kettering, are designed to help customers travel with confidence. Meanwhile, railway modellers can also benefit, with access to the architectural details for projects.
The tours have been mapped using detailed 360-degree photography, allowing users to virtually navigate through all public spaces. Viewers can access information about all public areas of the stations, including toilets, customer service desks, platforms, car parks and drop-off locations.
The web-based virtual tours navigate the stations using either autopilot or manual controls. Throughout the development of the project, feedback was obtained from members of EMR's Accessibility Panel, a group of disabled customers who regularly engage with the train company.
The virtual tours can be found on EMR's website.