Online Rail Maps

The next resources are the online rail maps that are available. And these are rail map online and the new adult strop railway Atlas. And I’ve given the links there on the screen. So let’s first look at rail map online, an excellent resource. All right, we start our exploration with rail map online. And here’s the front page of that website. Rail map We can see we have three choices. We have the UK and Ireland railways. We have the US West Coast railways interesting if you’re based in America, and we also have UK and Irish canals. I’m just going to flip to that one. I’ve pre opened it to save the loading time just to illustrate the canals that we were referring to coming into Springburn. So from Grange mouth here, coming across to Glasgow here we have the fourth implied canal which was open to hear Glasgow in 1775. Then took another 19 years to open across here to the Firth of Clyde. We also see the monkland Canal here going through to coat bridge and then further along here and the to meet just about in the area that we’re interested in, which is Springburn. Okay, let’s jump back to the rail map online and let’s load that came up is loading loads relatively quickly this one. It’s a splendid resource. There we go. Let’s close the box. We have the whole of the UK and Ireland as you see. And we can zoom in at our leisure. Now this mapping is based on Google Maps. So copyright restrictions apply. It’s It’s free to use for personal use, but not to use for commercial or business purposes. Okay, let’s just stop there for the moment and look at the layers tab. Currently we have historic railway selected. We have industry, we have narrow gauge miniature and fun and modern Metro. We’re not concerned with Metro so we’ll take that one off. I’m not concerned with miniature and fun railways at the moment. So we’ll take those off. We’ll take off narrow gauge as well. And for the moment, I’m going to take off historic railways. And I’m just going to click on modern railways just to show the contrast. There we are. So this is the Edinburgh to Glasgow light coming through into Queen Street Station. And this is what was the ganker to Glasgow line opened in 1831. And we can see many other modern lines around. But when we click on historic roadways here, we see that there were many, many more in the past. Just take off modern railways And then I’ll click on legend and we’re going to start to zoom in on to Springburn. Just one more I think. And here is the area of Springburn that we’re interested in. The Edinburgh to Glasgow line is coming in here from the north into quinstreet station here. The gang Kirk in Glasgow is coming in here from the east. And if we remember, some Rolex works was built next to the gong Kirk and Glasgow after it was taken over by the Caledonian railway and that’s this area here. Up here. We have the sidings for the Atlas works for the Hyde Park works and finally Ladies up here and Mr. Tennant’s chemical works was the spirit here. And this we see on the left on the legend I’ve clicked on the legend box, we see the different railway so Culloden in row in light blue, North British in red justing what that yellow row is our princess dock railway around the docks govern there as well. So that’s what we can do with rail map online. It gives us a great resource for looking at railways through the ages, the modern railways and the past railways throughout the UK and Ireland. And now we’re going to flick on to the new Atul strop railway Atlas. And it’s a PDF file I’ve pre loaded it because it takes a long while to load so we’ll look at that in a second. And it shows this use lines and stations in light gray and modern lines in blue or freight only in red. And the coverage as we can see under the scope there includes Great Britain south of Lancaster and York so it doesn’t cover Scotland. And at the moment for this course, I’ve been looking at Scotland so it’s not presently of use to us for this course, but it may be of use for you if you’re exploring around Wales, in England and in Wales. Quit look at the map then for the north of England, which is as far as it goes, here we have Lancaster we have the modern line in blue Lancaster over to more come and we see some greyed out old lines as well. So useful if you’re exploring lines in England and Wales. not helpful for Scotland, but that’s the way things go. Okay, let’s go on and look at our next resources.