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Subject: Maps for USA Railroads & History book rss

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keith gell
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I have been looking at some of the gorguous work produced by Nils for 1830, and I would like to use a similar technique for a new 18xx Game.

Some of these images use digital maps as a transparent background layer.


The area I had in mind would span from Richmond Virginia in the South to New York in the North.

Could anyone tell me if there is some online resoruce in the USA where I could get digital maps from?

Also, could anyone recommend me a good history book on US railraods?

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Peter Mumford
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The US Library of Congress is a good place to start for maps:
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/rrhtml/rrhome.html
 
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Kris Hall
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Some books you might consider:

The North American Railroad by James E. Vance Jr.
Railroads Triumphant by Albro Martin
The Routledge Historical Atlas of the American Railroads by John F. Stover
The Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography: Railroads in the Nineteenth Century edited by robert L. Frey

You can get most of these relatively cheaply as used books on Amazon
 
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Thank you very much, this is really great,
 
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keith gell
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Thanks you for the list.

Which do you recommend I start with?
 
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Kris Hall
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I'm not sure which you should start with because I'm not sure what you need to learn. The North American Railroad book is probably your best overview of how the American railnet was built.

The Atlas and the Encycloedia are both the kinds of books that you can read in bite-sized bits, but they don't have as much prose on the whole process of how the railnet was built.

Railroads Triumphant is also a good overview, but I tend to like the Vance book a bit more. But that may not hold true for you.

Cost may also be a consideration. The cheap copies of the Vance book seem to be gone from Amazon (but check www.abebooks.com as well). The other books may be cheaper.
 
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Hi Keith,

concerning the map: if you're just looking for a boardbackground, maybe this page is a good ressource:
http://www.shadedrelief.com/

Using a vintage map as gameboard background won't be easy, since even those vintage maps in higher resolution tend to get very pixelated due to the text on them.

Another way for finding historical maps is google image search (extra large). The pages which contain the extra large images mostly contain other large images and a lot of links to other pages containing extra large images

Greets,
Nils

 
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I've used background maps from http://davidrumsey.com for my homebrew 18xx editions of 1800 and 1851:



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