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Mr. Burnett. I build maps exclusively in Google Maps My Maps feature. My brother and I are building out multiple railroads in different quadrants of our state. These also can be exported as KMZ - and other maps can be imported the same way.
I suspect that that feature and whatever runs behind Google Earth have the same DNA, and may even be the same engine behind the scenes. That said, the reason Google Earth hasn’t stuck with me is the lack of the terrain feature - my favorite view in Google Maps and Google My Maps. This is a great tool when hunting right of ways.
Am I just missing the terrain feature in Google Earth?
Columbus, Ohio, US
> On May 31, 2021, at 8:18 AM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> Question by Comrade Johannes Garner:
> **Am I correct that the track in foreground is leading to the VGN Freight
> Station and their MP 0.0? **
> Answer by Abramo Burnardo: I.D.K. Which, being interpreted, meaneth **I Don't Know.** I have to say those words so often that I just use the abbreviation, IDK.
> Norfolk is a lost continent to me. I was only there twice, and those times were on a passenger train before I was age 15. And how much can a kid learn about a railroad by lookin' out the window of a passenger coach?
> However, the Eminent Mr. Bundy, of this List and also Past Grand Burgermeister of the Imperial Dutchy of Bonsack, Virginia, is a Norfolk expert and worked some of the tower jobs there. Ask ye him.
> I sincerely hope someone will take the satellite imagery of Norfolk and do a Google Earth overlay map, drawing in the various railroads and identifying the interlockings and other pertinent features... showing how the place laid out before all the craziness of the merger-age. Such files built in Google Earth are of the KMZ format. (In the arcane ways of programmers, KMZ somehow stands for **Keyhole Markup Language.** Go figure.) And KMZ files are interchangeable, so that you can create one and send it to me, and I can open it, so long as I have the Google Earth program installed.
> Google Earth (as distinct from Google Maps) is one of Mr. Googlemann's greatest gifts to humankind - it enables anyone to use the satellite earth imagery to create maps, scale off distances, get GPS coordinates, take elevations, determine the depth of an ocean at any point, and now, with the latest program updates, even to create grade profiles ! If you are not a Google Earth user-and-abuser, get busy ! It is freeware, and there are plenty of YouTube tutorials which will teach you how to use it. Consumer Warning: It is also addictive.
> There is a retired electrical engineer here in Harrisburg who has created a KMZ file mapping the principal American railroads of today, and even showing radio alarm hot box detectors and high car alarms and suchlike modern gizmos and doodads. The file is called Railfan's Guide for Google Earth, and it is revised at least annually. I do not use it very often, as I give not a fig for anything about contemporary railroading. If anyone wants the Railfan's Guide, I can send you the latest revision (less than 2 megs) and have Dan put you on his distribution list for future releases.
> End of rant. Prositem and Dzrazvuite.
> -- abram burnett
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