Ever stared at old railroad maps and wondered where the trains actually went? I mean, sure, you could see where the rails were, but how could you get from San Francisco to Sacramento? Was there an express train? What lines ran that way?
Or maybe you're hiking and you find an old railroad track. Where did it go? Who ran on it?
I was tired of asking these questions and so I started to look for answers by creating subway-style maps of train service in 1937. The results brought to life train systems that have been obscured by arcane timetables and too-simple maps.
But I need your help to bring these maps to the world. I'm not asking for much, just enough to get a first print run finished. Until now, this has been a labor of love for me, but I want to share it with the world.
There's little better way to show city pride than to know and show its history right on your wall. Give a little or give a lot, and have a slice of your local history.
$500 - The Gateway City: Saint Louis
$750 - Hogtown: Toronto
$1500 - I'll start to build state- and region-wide maps, starting with West Virginia/Virginia/Maryland/DC/Delaware.
Risks and challenges
I have the first two maps ready to go - San Francisco and the Marin County Interurban - and I'm working like mad on DC-Baltimore. There may be some unforeseen design complications on that last one that could delay shipment by a week or two, but as a long-time resident there's nothing I'd like to do more than to get it out the door.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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