CHICAGO'S RAILROADS/GOOGLE MAPS

Google Maps has this cool feature, which allows anybody to create custom maps where meaningful locations can be indicated. These maps are zoomable, and satellite views are available.

Google Maps also has the "Street View" feature, where one can drag the little man down onto a street. And if the street lights up with blue lines, one can take a virtual walk or drive down the street.

The complex network of railroads in Chicago, the railroad center of the nation, can be a challenge to untangle. But these maps can help sort it all out.


RAILROAD MAPS

Maps showing all present and past railroads in the Chicago area.

CHICAGO'S LOST STATIONS

Maps showing known discontinued intercity and commuter passenger railroad stations in the Chicago area.

RAILROAD JUNCTIONS AND TOWERS

Maps marked with present and past railroad junctions, crossings, and towers.

ROUNDHOUSES TURNTABLES AND YARDS

Maps marked with present and past railroad roundhouses and turntables. These maps also indicate locations of railroad yards, freight and passenger.

THE GREAT UNION STATIONS AND THEIR TRAINS

Information on present and classic stations in America's larger cities, including brief histories, their locations, and with zoomable Google Maps. Included for the largest cities are sample departures and arrivals of trains during various eras. Also included are links to Web sites revealing what has become of some of these classic stations.