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    Need infomation on Oregon/California Yard/Siding track arangements/positions from 1940 - 1996.

    Tried Areal/Topo maps but they don't have the track details.

    Any Ideas where to look.

    John


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    John,

    first off, noticing this is your first post... Welcome!

    The first reference that comes to mind is the Steam Powered Video's Railroad Atlases. They shows all rights of way, existing or not. You will have to get two separate books as the one that includes California has only Nevada as the other inclusion. The Pacific Northwest volume has Oregon and Washington. I have checked these over and over again and have yet to find a mistake (I like to stomp around in the middle of nowhere and these references are invaluable...) The books don't give you a date as to when a particular line was lifted or abandoned, but they at least show you if it was there and where it was. I like to scan a particular page I am interested in and "overlay" it onto a road map (using PhotoShop) so I can see where the current access is to the abandoned ROW. I have found that when you get specific in your questions, there is usually someone (a lot of them here on the RR-Line forum) who can give you some good advise. I am familiar with my own backyard and have been working on a series of "dated" maps for Arizona (you can find them here):

    http://railmap.railspot.com/maps/USA/AZ/arizona.html

    California and Oregon, I ain't so familiar with...

    Here is the link to the SPV website:

    http://www.spv.co.uk

    They are also available in quite a few hobby shops.

    Good luck!

    Tom

    Edited by - tomfassett on 10/10/2002 03:23:48

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    • #3
      Thanks,

      I'll have to check at my local hobby shops.

      John

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        That is interesting. I've had worked extensively with USGS quadrangle topo maps, since I am trained as a geologist and usually they have alot of cool detail on them including RR track configurations.

        I have looked at many states, but not California lately, hmmm....

        I love the Colorado quad maps cause you can follow the whole Rio Grande mainlain from Denver to SLC! etc.


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        • #5
          I would also echo Jim's idea of getting your hands on some good USGS maps. I have a pretty good set of most of the Southwest (although I can't find California...). They can usually be aquired from a good map store. They make a great companion to the SPV Atlas. The USGS maps only show what is relevant to the time they were printed though, so they may leave off some old rights of way.

          I would though, If I were you, take care if Jim invites you out for some field exploring. Every geologist I know (and there are many, including family members), has a tendency to fly off on tangents every time they go exploring. They see some interesting formation and bam! Next thing you know, you're lost (he, he, he...)

          Sorry Jim, it had to be said...

          Tom

          Edited by - tomfassett on 10/11/2002 16:58:11

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