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Single message by Martin Wynne       Topic: Direct loading of background maps
Posted: 25 Jul 2017 14:15
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Martin Wynne
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Updating, there has been some discussion on the Scalefour Society forum about this, see:

 https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5502

The NLS have a tile server, but only the historic 1"/mile map is available for free use.

The largest scale available in tiled format for the whole of the UK is the old 6"/mile maps (1888-1913), for which the licence subscription is £199+vat per year. They are useful, but not really large enough for detailed track planning. Here is Shrewsbury, drag the transparency slider to see the modern view:

 http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=18&lat=52.7092&lon=-2.7457&layers=6&b=2

When they have finished the 25" map project hopefully they will make that available in tiled format, in which case it could be well worth raiding the Templot donations fund for what is likely to be a hefty subscription fee.

In the meantime we could have the fantastic 60"/mile maps of London 1893-1896 for £99+vat per year, and I may go for that just to see how well it works for direct loading in Templot. Here is Willesden Junction, drag the slider to see the modern view:

 http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=19&lat=51.5311&lon=-0.2437&layers=163&b=2

In the meantime I have added the option to specify the location in latitude/longitude for non-UK locations, here is Buenos Aires on OpenStreetMap in EM:



Here is the Google view from that overbridge in 2015:

https://goo.gl/maps/xSsis1gdx1P2

And looking the other way:

https://goo.gl/maps/p4orprsY7Nr

The semaphore signalling and S-curving pointwork give it a familiar feel.

regards,

Martin.


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