Google Earth

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Dan McDonald, Nov 28, 2006.

  1. Dan McDonald

    Dan McDonald New Member

    I don't know if anyone uses this or not but I have it on my PC just for fun(show the kids where I grew up and all that), but I was browsing over Hamilton today and noticed the rail yard beside the harbour.
    Just thought it might be a cool way to see all the big yards out there. Check it out, it's a free download and a great program!
  2. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    If you don't want to install the Google Earth application you can at least get 2D mappings from in the web browser.

    Google Earth is pretty amazing.
  3. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Yes Google Earth is pretty neat. I can't remember who brought it up before but when I first looked at it I was amazed. I did alot of searching in one day with it.
  4. jflessne

    jflessne Member

  5. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    Ah! Couldn't remember what that link was. I've found that service to be nice as a substituite to Google Maps. They make older B/W aerial photos available at closer zooms where Google just doesn't provide an image.
  6. ronin_wolf

    ronin_wolf New Member

    hey, Dan:

    Pardon my being slow, but Hamilton where? I'm mulling over a seaside layout [fictitious roadname], so any RL references would surely help.

    Thanks, mate.
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    My guess would be Hamilton, ON (Canada). There is/was a huge number of steel mills and other lakeside industry that is served by laker boats/ocean going ships (at least ones that can fit through the St Lawrence Seaway).

  8. ronin_wolf

    ronin_wolf New Member

    Aha! Looks like you're right on, Mason!

  9. I was playing with Google Earth this morning, and (with a little Photoshop), made a quick version of my dream model railroad that I thought you'd all enjoy.

    Attached Files:

  10. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Colton Modeler - - That's great!!!!!
  11. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Colton, that's wild!
  12. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    jawdrop I hope that's going to be in N scale!
  13. It'll be HO scale, with compression and a reduced # of yard tracks (unless I win the lottery):thumb:
  14. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

    Google Streetview is also terrific!
  15. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    Thats a great idea. Never thought of doing that from that angle.:thumb:
  16. IandOFan71

    IandOFan71 Member

    I like google earth for the major cities, but they don't seem to have as much clear coverage other than that. A site that I use a lot is Yahoo maps. Just type in the town you want to see and click on the "satellite" (sp?) button and you can get any location clear as day. The only drawback is that it doesn't zoom in quite as much as google, but most of the stuff that I look at was out of google's range so it's just fine for me. Check it out.
  17. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

    I just love Google Earth, and use it as a reference for model design (I design architectural cardstock models). Google Earth has (at least) two features that really make it stand out.

    Resolution - for major cities, the resolution is sometimes amazing. In Manhattan you can clearly see individual pedestrians. It's not yet high enough to make out models of cars, but you can easily make out different types of vehicles. I believe these highest resolution shots are taken by aircraft, not satellite.

    "Tilt-o-matic" (or whatever Google calls it) - if you install the app, you can adjust the "tilt angle" of the images. When you line up the angle of tilt correctly with the photo's original perspective, magic happens. Unfortunately, the photos don't have a consistant perspective, so you have to occasionally adjust the angle, but ... wow! A flick of the mouse, and you are drifting along with a view just like you would have from a balloon. Simultaneously play an mp3 of wind sounds or urban noises, great fun, especially if you happen to be a homesick American living abroad. :) Natural features also look surprisingly three-dimensional when tilted just right. It's fun to "drift" along over the Rockies, check out Mt. Saint Helens or craggy glaciers in Greenland.

    I was amazed to see high-resolution coverage of Shanghai (China). I can see my apartment building here in surprising detail.

    I mentioned Google Streetview earlier. If you haven't heard of it, it's the same idea, only instead of a point of view from above, the POV is from street level. They drive around cities (only a few so far) in cars equipped with camera-filled domes. The resulting images are "stitched" together, so you can "walk" down a boulevard with a photographic view of the buildings that line it. I had great fun "visiting" former residences and haunts in San Francisco. The resolution of the images is not that high, but as a harbinger of things to come ... oh!

    Google Earth, Streetview, SketchUp - such terrific free products, so very nicely designed. Too bad the company is so sketchy.
  18. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    I use it to look for old railroad grades and ghost mines. Resolution's not the greatest over parts of the Rockies - Google doesn't tend to focus much on realtively uninhabited areas - but it helps.

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