Canadian Electric Railway Map Collection

Canadian Electric Railway Map Collection

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File Alpha 24 released

Posted by Paul Delamere on January 12, 2014 at 2:20 AM

This update is centred around the city of St.Thomas Ontario. Google Earth recently improved the image over the area so I have been busy performing this long awaited update.

The first system is the St.Thomas Municipal Street Railway. Users will find a track plan drawn with two lines representing both rails and measured everywhere to 4'8.5" standard gauge. Intersections are fully drawn out and all curves are accurately drawn using a radius template for accuracy. Where known, the tracks are drawn to their original position in the road, to one side or the other or in the centre.

The map used to draw the original map was of dubious accuracy. Since then extensive use of the Elgin Archives online image collection as well as discussions with local historians has yielded some fantastic results. Two full wye intersections downtown are now included in the map. A forgotten passing siding on Wilson at the armory, an extension of Ross street that went as far as a turntable at Hemlock street, a section of track on Talbot east of the Manitoba switch that only serviced Alma street, and extensive redrawing of the car houses at Stanley round out the improvements. New photo links have been added to the new addition and old links have been cleared out.

Second is the South Western Traction/London and Lake Erie Railway and Transportation Company. In the St.Thomas area the right of way has been fixed between Talbotville and St.Thomas. The St.Thomas car house and shops has been accurately located and measured, and has many new details added. New stations within the city have added 14 total new stations to the roster. Between St.Thomas and Port Stanley the main has been extensively redrawn. Maps held by Mr. Don Cosens helped dramatically improve the accuracy and I am grateful for his sharing them as well as Rob Sterne's assistance in this endeavor.

Finally Is the London and Port Stanley Railway which has been redrawn to align with the current image.

As always you must delete any previous copies of the map file from "My Places" In Google Earth before opening this file to avoid unnecessary duplications.

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