Originally Posted by Old Pedant
Would be fun. Would you "age" it? That is, allow the user to pick a year and show the lines that existed in that year? I was looking at a map of lines as of the start of the Civil War. What a mess of spaghetti.
Wow, that would be a challenge, collecting all that data and trying to display that. I don't know if I would do it be year. Maybe by period, like pre Civil War, Civil War to Golden Spike, Golden Spike to the beginning of WWI, WWI to the the Crash. WWII, Post WWII, the the fall.
I moved around a lot when I was a kid in the 60's. One place we live was Cheyenne, Wyo., which had a Big Boy on display at a city park, and a yearly celebration called "Hell on Wheels.". And I was living there during the 100th Golden Spike anniversary. which was fun. And my then living grandfather had worked for Rock Island. I would visit during the summer and from the house, the Rock Island track ran behind the house about ten minute walk. Further back was the Missouri Pacific. But, across the street was a short line that ran from Pine Bluff to a nearby wood mill. And they still used a steam locomotive the first time I came to stay for the summer. I think Cotton Belt bought the line in the mid 60's and ran a diesel switcher, like those curved roof Alco's. But, hearing that steam loco rumble through the woods was awesome. I with my mother made three passenger train trips to Arkansas when I kid. Two were on UP/MP from Cheyenne, and one from Grand Forks to Chicago to Memphis to Little Rock. Chicago to Little Rock was the Texas Eagle. I'm not sure was the ride from Grand Forks to Chicago was. Could have very well been GN or NP. All that being said, I have a fondness for the passenger trains.
Wish I had the money to have collected HO models. Anyway, What's your rail story? If you got any ideas about websites and railroads, would love to hear them.