Author Topic: Map Software  (Read 1713 times)

Eel_River

  • Chief Dispatcher
  • *****
  • Posts: 555
  • I'm a Hoosier railfan!
Map Software
« on: April 06, 2011, 07:11:41 AM »
I have for many years used DeLorme’s Street Atlas as my computer mapping software because it showed many abandoned rail lines.  I bought Street Atlas 2011 and it does not show them.

What other map software, if any, shows the old lines?

Craig Berndt

indrr

  • Administrator
  • Tycoon
  • *****
  • Posts: 5582
  • indrr admin
Re: Map Software
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2011, 07:20:43 AM »
The best digital source, other than my yet to be public map, is the Indianamap http://www.indianamap.org/. The railroads layer (200k) was based on USGS maps, so is not extremely precise, but it does show a lot of long gone routes. It's online of course, but the layer is downloadable as an arcmap shape file, which could be converted to some other formats and possibly used in a map software. Not sure which software is capable of that though.
Nathan Bilger
-----------------
Board Admin, Webmaster
http://www.indianarailroads.org.

Racecar52

  • Chief Dispatcher
  • *****
  • Posts: 747
  • Guerrilla Railfan
Re: Map Software
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2011, 11:49:28 AM »
I've been compiling a kml file for Google Earth users... its kinda messy, and far from complete but I mainly started in northwest indiana (like griffith) and started tracing lines outward.  I don't think we can post those here tho :-\
-Representing the Purdue Railroad Club
http://prrc.purdue.org

indrr

  • Administrator
  • Tycoon
  • *****
  • Posts: 5582
  • indrr admin
Re: Map Software
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2011, 07:21:04 PM »
I've been compiling a kml file for Google Earth users... its kinda messy, and far from complete but I mainly started in northwest indiana (like griffith) and started tracing lines outward.  I don't think we can post those here tho :-\
I have a kml export of the above referenced 200k railroad layer combined with the other railroads I've been able to map. Due to the size of the data in the layer, the kml is nearly 9mb, which is far too large to show on googlemap, which is why I haven't.

I could email you the kml though and can let me know what to add where. I'd have you just edit it for me, but the native file is arcmap, with kml exported. There are free GIS programs out there, so if you want to start trading those around, let me know. Don't know what your major is, but GIS experience can be helpful for more and more professions nowadays.
Nathan Bilger
-----------------
Board Admin, Webmaster
http://www.indianarailroads.org.

vogelm

  • Brakeman
  • *
  • Posts: 8
Re: Map Software
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2011, 01:30:46 PM »
Well...it requires you to have a program that supports the files but you can go look up the TIGER line files from the government and it shows railroad lines along with other information. As far as simple non cartographic software Google maps is your best bet.
$@%? Via!

vogelm

  • Brakeman
  • *
  • Posts: 8
Re: Map Software
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2011, 01:39:04 PM »
Oh....as for gis programs......arcgis is very expensive and a pain to learn/use (I just graduated with a degree in geography and this is the program we used). There also are indiemapper which is again expensive and requires you to have a base map to start off with. Transcad and maptitude are the only other gis programs that are out there that I know of.  For anyone who isn't going to be doing this as a job just do Google!
$@%? Via!