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Another great resource is the USGS.  They have a site that you can explore their historical topographical maps and download them.  Many of these, dating back to the turn of the 20th century, have railroads marked out - even with the owner.

ArcGIS also has a website with a similar feature:

Another interesting site is historic aerials:

The site has maps starting in the 1930s. The site is free, but It costs to buy a map.

Also, there are free apps. "open railway map" that shows historical as well as existing railway lines. The ap is being updated all the time with with abandoned lines.       

"us topo maps" is also another good app source. 


Dean in Monroe, WA


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