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Wonka001 12-14-2005 08:59 PM

railfanning from google earth..
did you know if you get the google earth program (found on google.com) http://earth.google.com/? you can do some cool railfanning on a cold winter day. of course the images may be a few years old, and it's not real time images... that would be ideal.
It helps me to know where the main lines go when I know where they already are... if you know what i mean.

dodi4200 12-14-2005 09:39 PM

so is this program show just maps for united states only or at any country?
thanks for sharing

Colin Voss 12-14-2005 10:22 PM

^Google Earth shows pretty much every corner of the earth, though not all maps are necessarily up to date. It's very impressive for example to see switchyards from the air, like the Union Pacific Bailey Yard in Nebraska, the largest switchyard in the world, or Maschen in Germany, the largest in Europe. Google Earth is brilliant.

BNSF_SD40-2B 12-14-2005 11:47 PM

I like to look around the Chicago area for big yards and mainline trains. It's too bad you can't see the little country towns that easy, what with the outdated photos.

Wonka001 12-15-2005 01:20 AM

It's more than just maps, it's satalite images.. it's way cool.

Colin Voss 12-15-2005 05:46 PM


Originally Posted by BNSF_SD40-2B
It's too bad you can't see the little country towns that easy, what with the outdated photos.

That's true, but only for now. Ever since Google Earth has been launched, there have been many of updates that added more detailed satellite pics all across the globe. If you want to see the smaller towns, you'll just have to wait patiently ;) .

Slopes09 12-17-2005 02:30 AM

I've use it to scout out potentially good photo locations. I use the location markers, and I've got the Chicago area dotted with my little thumbtacks. :grin:

hoydie17 12-20-2005 03:48 PM

Delorme GPS Software
I use the Delorme LT-20 GPS software for my railfanning.

I realize that many people do not have a laptop available to use while they are out railfanning, but if you do and can spare the 100 bucks, I strongly suggest investing in the software with the GPS.

The GPS accuracy can be squirrely at times, especially on the major interstates and major thoroughfares, but it's very, very accurate on back roads even dirt roads which is where you really need accuracy anyways.


dsktc 12-20-2005 11:33 PM

From today's NY Times:

"When Google introduced Google Earth, free software that marries satellite and aerial images with mapping capabilities, the company emphasized its usefulness as a teaching and navigation tool, while advertising the pure entertainment value of high-resolution flyover images of the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and the pyramids.

"But since its debut last summer, Google Earth has received attention of an unexpected sort. Officials of several nations have expressed alarm over its detailed display of government buildings, military installations and other important sites within their borders."



NicTrain35 12-21-2005 04:36 AM

I enjoy Google Earth as well. I followed the Transcon from Coal City all the way to Corwith Yard, running into some other trains on the way. ;)

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