Earlier I touched upon railroad routes as a means to travel in disaster or PAW scenarios. I am aware that the tracks and right of ways are private property. For tracks currently in use they may be patrolled by railroad police officers. So consider this intel gathering and not an intent to trespass.
Yesterday I received my Sonrisa Publications (http://www.djcooley.com
) Railroad Maps book for California and it is pretty cool. The format is similar to old style railroad timetable books, 4" x 11" and spiral bound.
ach page highlights a separate subdivision and follows the line throughout its length, crossing state boundaries as necessary. Nearby abandoned or unused routes are also shown as space allows.
Detailed maps arranged by subdivision (Sample)
Class Ones: BNSF Railway • Union Pacific
Shortlines: Alameda Corridor • Arizona & California • California Northern • Carrizo Gorge • Central California Traction • Central Oregon & Pacific • Fillmore & Western
• Lake Railway • McCloud Railway • Modesto & Empire Traction • Northwestern Pacific • Pacific Harbor Line • Quincy Railroad • San Diego & Imperial Valley
• San Joaquin Valley • Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay • Santa Maria Valley • Sierra Northern • Stockton Terminal & Eastern • Trona Railway • Ventura County • West Isle Line • Yreka Western
Tourist Lines: Napa Valley Railroad • Western Railway Museum
Station index, detector and tunnel locations
Major highways shown for reference
Fold-out detail maps of San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles Basin areas.
Fold-out locator map inside back cover is easy to access and is keyed to page numbers of detail maps
Printed on heavy ivory-colored stock for reduced glare and increased durability
Spiral bound to open flat. Folds back easily to keep your place!
72 pages, approx. 4.25 x 11 inches
The map detail is basic with just enough roads, towns or natural features to understand the path of the route. Each page includes the main radio frequency in use for that route. There are tons of web sites with more info available about the channel numbering plans (http://www.on-track-on-line.com/scanner ... #scnradio3
) or what each railroad uses. You will have to be a railfan to enjoy listening to the railroad employees conduct their daily routine
The Automobile Club maps at the state level do not show railroad lines but county level and maps of similar scale do include the track routes.
Delorme state map books have R-R routes on them (based on my 1998 SoCal edition). I'll have to look at a newer edition.
Benchmark Maps state atlases have a similar format to Delorme, include railroad tracks and have good detail overall.
Some railroads offer printable maps such as this one for CSX: https://www.csx.com/index.cfm/library/f ... ystem-map/
Interactive maps online: http://www.acwr.com/economic-development/rail-maps
Railroad site about track security: http://www.citizensforrailsecurity.com/ ... ement.html
Trespass and entry onto railway property is covered in Penal Code sections 369 or 602
Authority: 45 U.S.C. 446; 49 CFR 1.49(ff).
Source: 59 FR 6587, Feb. 11, 1994, unless otherwise noted.
(a) A railroad police officer who is designated by a railroad and commissioned under the laws of any state is authorized to enforce the laws (as specified in paragraph (b) of this section) of any state in which the railroad owns property and to which the railroad has provided notice in accordance with §207.4.
(b) Under the authority of paragraph (a) of this section, a railroad police officer may enforce only relevant laws for the protection of—
(1) The railroad's employees, passengers, or patrons;
(2) The railroad's property or property entrusted to the railroad for transportation purposes;
(3) The intrastate, interstate, or foreign movement of cargo in the railroad's possession or in possession of another railroad or non-rail carrier while on the railroad property; and
(4) The railroad movement of personnel, equipment, and materials vital to the national defense.
(c) The authority exercised under this part by an officer for whom the railroad has provided notice in accordance with §207.4 shall be the same as that of a railroad police officer commissioned under the laws of that state.
(d) The railroad police officer's law enforcement powers shall apply only on railroad property, except that an officer may pursue off railroad property a person suspected of violating the law on railroad property, and an officer may engage off railroad property in law enforcement activities, including, without limitation, investigation and arrest, if permissible under state law