Old 07-15-2005, 03:11 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Google Earth

A neat program available by clicking on the "more" tab of the google search page is Google Earth. You are able to zoom in on planet earth and find and follow rail lines and other cool stuff. Some example screenshots I srunk down so the quality isn't as good.
Zoom from way out here
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In closer
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And closer
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And way in you can see the railcars!
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You can even get in closer.
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Old 07-15-2005, 04:01 AM   #2
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It's a great program and it's free which makes it even more better. There is also railroad layer you can select that will show you where rail lines are. BTW, almost the entire state of Indiana has satillite imagery.

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Old 07-15-2005, 02:41 PM   #3
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is this nice program avaliable just for the united states or for all the world?
thats will be cool of its avaliable here in egypt to i will try to explore much more central yards here.
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For those of you in Indianapolis, the city has an online program where you can view their high resolution (very good!) satillite imagery of the city. It's perfect for exploring the rail lines around the city. However, it doesn't really show Avon yard. Who knows, maybe they will expand into the surrounding counties at some point.

http://imaps.indygov.org/prod/GeneralViewer

There is also an incident viewer for the city. A google search will bring that up.


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I don't know how I missed that, but thanks for the link.
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Old 07-16-2005, 05:51 PM   #6
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Saw this advertised on the news the other night. The eye in the sky.
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Earlier today I was checking out some railyards in Chicago and you could tell a little if they were BNSF,NS,CSX,or CN.You could see some that had been heading into chicago on the main.If you look close you can see the engines pulling the trains and tell what railroad it was.NS was all black and also had some blue conrail units.You could tell what was CSX,they're the only railroad that has white cab roofs.BNSF had some black roofed engines like BN and the BNSF DASH9s looked a little black.ATSF engines had red cab roofs and silver long hoods.UP had all grey roofs.Some engines were hard to tell.
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Old 07-16-2005, 11:35 PM   #8
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How old is your data?



Google Earth acquires the best imagery available, most of which is approximately one to two years old.

We recently launched our new Primary Database which includes:
- 15m imagery for the entire globe
- 90m terrain elevation mode data
- Updates to many US cities
- Major international expansion including, but not limited to, all major Canadian and Australian cities, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Rome, Naples, London, Luxembourg, Paris, Toulouse, Valencia, Barcelona, Lisbon, and Athens.

Please visit this link to view more additional information about our coverage.
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How come I can't see country farms like I can see the houses in the big cities?
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Pretty cool tool, i wish it was more updated though. These are images from about 2 years ago.

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Resolution seems to be limited unless you are looking at certain areas. Is this true or am I doing something wrong? 15m is not fine enough to be of any use out in the countryside or in the hills of Appalachia. Terraserver seems to be the best bet in these areas. Nice navigation otherwise. Any suggestions or do you get better views by upgrading?
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Resolution seems to be limited unless you are looking at certain areas. Is this true or am I doing something wrong? 15m is not fine enough to be of any use out in the countryside or in the hills of Appalachia. Terraserver seems to be the best bet in these areas. Nice navigation otherwise. Any suggestions or do you get better views by upgrading?
Any photos in the country side seem to be a far away photo.I can't see a house close up like i can in the city.It almost looks like somebody drew them.I do like the close up views you have in the city.Hopefully they will upgrade the views of the country side.

Terraserver is cool but is almost the same but a little more detailed..........they view is still to far away and I don't want to pay to be a member of terraserver
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Terraserver is cool but is almost the same but a little more detailed..........they view is still to far away and I don't want to pay to be a member of terraserver
Do you get higher res views if you become a paid Terraserver user? Can anyone confirm this to be true? I've never understood what you get for paying to use these sites that you don't get by using the public access areas.

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I'm pretty sure if you're a member you can see closer.If you go to the website and do something(I can't remember what) it'll say you can see 8m versus 15m when your not a member.GlobeXplorer is cool too.In their home paige you can see a really close up view of the ground but again you have to be a member to see the close up otherwise you can look at houses from a farther view with stupid nagging GlobeXplorer signs in your way.
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This is very interesting! I haven't uploaded it yet, but I was wondering if the regular users know if there are any other viewing angles, or are they only straight down views like the ones posted here?
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On the bigger cities, they have 3D building views which look to be pretty realistic. You can tilt and look at the images from a horizontal view. It's pretty cool.

Here are some samples:

They are from Baltimore, one is of the Inner Harbour and the other one is of Candem Yards (home of the O's) and M&T Bank Stadium (home of the Ravens). The Howard Street Tunnel is just to the left of Candem Yards.





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