Jun 172012
 

Happy Father’s Day!

I had a little time to sit down and create a map for a line I never knew existed… even though I used to live about a mile from it’s right of way. The Palatine, Lake Zurich & Wauconda PLZ&W (or PLZW) was a surprise to me when I watched Jeffery Bear’s documentary on Chicago’s Northwest suburbs. They mentioned the line and I had NO idea it existed. So, I quickly did some research and threw together a map in Google Earth. Of course, I updated the “All” map to include it.

Not a bad way to spend Father’s Day!

-Mike

Jan 072012
 

Happy New Year!!!

I’ve been busy adding additional details including:

  • much more detail to the MILW Lines in Illinois
  • extended the MILW into Indiana
  • Looking for details for the MILW, I found the fantastic Abandoned Rail website which gave me some great leads on The Gary Line [Illinois, Iowa & Minnesota Railway II&M renamed Chicago, Milwaukee & Gary CMG in 1908] which included trackage rights to part of the Elgin, Joliet, & Eastern [EJ&E]
  • I reorganized some of the lines to better understand which lines folded into which current railways. This means I added placeholders for CP, CN, SOO, and more

I can’t say enough about what I learned from the Abandoned Rails site. They are doing something similar to this site in that it shows where trains used to be. They are, however, only showing the abandoned segments where I’m trying to connect all the dots including abandoned and current lines.

It may not look like much, but there was LOTS of work!

-Mike

Jun 112011
 
CGW f-engine

Tonight I spent my first night really diving into the data in my new Rand McNally Enlarged Business Atlas from 1903. What a great book! With it’s help, I can now see that I had much of the CGW segment from Oelwein to Dubuque on the wrong path. In the process of fixing it, I found the tunnel in East Dubuque that had escaped me for some time. I also found there were several stops listed in the book that were not in the schedule I had from the 1950s.

I spent several hours putting in all the changes including many on the Minneapolis branch… then Google Earth quit on me. I thought it was saving as I went, but I lost two hours of work. Ah well. It was much faster the second time.

My goal is to get all of the Chicago Great Western charted out to the 1903 standards before updating much of anything else. I can tell you that there is no way I’ll be able to put this level of detail into every line nation wide…. not for many years.

-Mike