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Railroad Maps, Vol. 2

Railroad Maps, Vol. 2

Railroad Maps, Vol. 2

This collector’s edition uses richly detailed and annotated maps to illustrate the changing face of railroading, tracing the remnants and successors of long-vanished lines, major rail hubs, and locations celebrated in railroad history that remain vital today.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
Frequency:
One-off
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in this issue

5 min.
the team behind the maps

EVERY MAGAZINE — be it your monthly copy of Trains or a special issue such as this one — is a collaboration of a team of writers, photographers, editors, designers, and other contributors, some of whom are recognized only in small print (as in the staff box at left). While this is true of Railroad Maps Vol. 2, this publication does rest to a significant degree on the foundational contributions of three men: Bill Metzger, Rick Johnson, and David Styffe. Metzger created his first “Map of the Month” for Trains in 2004. In this issue, 34 of the 42 maps are Metzger creations or co-creations; on these, he does research as well as the actual mapmaking. Along with a fondness for the Pennsylvania Railroad and bad jokes — only the former is…

1 min.
the world of railroading

THE REACH OF RAILROADING is global; only in a relative handful of countries is the meeting of steel wheel and steel rail not a part of daily life. But railways have evolved in different ways as they’ve spread across the globe. From Australia, where three track gauges play major roles and it wasn’t possible to ride cross-country on a single train until 1970; to Japan, with its unmatched network of Shinkansen high speed trains; to Canada, which built a railroad to unite a nation that grew into a company encircling the globe, these maps celebrate the many and varied faces of the modern rail industry.…

1 min.
world track gauges

THE WORLD RAILROAD MAP is a checker-board of varying gauges. How some countries ended up with their predominant gauge can be baffling — the reason Spain is a broad gauge outpost in Western Europe, for example, has been lost to history — but other developments are easier to trace. England’s use of what became known as standard gauge influenced the U.S. (which imported its early equipment from England) and the rest of North America, as well as neighboring European countries. The predominance of broad gauge in eastern Europe reflects the reach of the former Soviet Union. Countries slow to settle on a single gauge paid the price with operating challenges; for an example, turn the page and look at Australia.…

3 min.
canadian pacific, 1974

YOU SQUINT THROUGH the train window to read the signs on parallel highway 148. They’re in French and English. It dawns on you that your ride in a Budd Rail Diesel Car from Ottawa to Montreal is about the most inauspicious way to begin a trip around the world. But no matter. It’s February 1974, and you’re about to circle the globe, all with one company — Canadian Pacific. A CP Express truck flashes by sporting the familiar Multimark logo that debuted in 1968. The new logo was followed by a name change in 1971, to CP Limited, acknowledging the railway’s vast expansion into other business since its 1881 founding. “Dayliner” RDC train 132 pulls into Montreal at 10:30 a.m., and you reluctantly trade the Romanesque splendor of Windsor Station (also CP’s…

1 min.
the snowsheds of stevens pass

AMONG THE MANY HAZARDS of running trains at high elevations in North America are snow, ice, and avalanche. This was well illustrated in Washington state where the Great Northern crossed the Cascades at Stevens Pass, named for John F. Stevens, the engineer who discovered it in 1890. Great Northern built the original Cascade Tunnel in 1900 to bypass a series of switchbacks, its first way across the range at the 4,000-foot elevation. Even on the new route, which was below 3,400 feet and included snowsheds, heavy snows often delayed trains for days. In 1910, a pair of snowslides trapped two trains at Wellington, just outside the tunnel, and on March 1, an avalanche swept down Windy Mountain, knocking both trains off the hillside into Tye Creek, killing 96, one of the…

1 min.
create: slowly untangling chicago

IN MORE THAN 16 years since the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency project was announced in 2003, fewer than half of its 70 projects have been finished. The program aims to speed up the rail network with track and signal work, and address road issues with grade-crossing separation projects. The program is expensive and getting more so. CREATE’s total cost has grown, as of mid-2019, to an estimated $4.6 billion — up $1.4 billion since the first version of this map appeared in the January 2013 Trains. One railroad, Canadian National, has withdrawn from the program. Our updated map shows projects done as of August 2019. This includes four which had not begun at the time of the original map. It also means we’ve removed two major projects — the…