Historical Aerials

Nifty little tool….

This site, Historical Aerials is a pretty neat place to search out historical sites.  They have collected a vareity of aerial imagery from various years and placed them on a Google Maps like interface where you can scroll around and compare the same site over various years.

Clicking on the image above will take you to their site looking down on the Bronx Terminal.  You can see the site as it was in 1954, 1966, 1974, 1980, 2004 and 2006.

What is really nifty is the “Compare Two Years” button.  This will allow you to split the view between two images and move a slider to quickly change from one to the other.  Makes for interesting results, you can easily track minor changes over time.

The detail level and quality of the images is about as good as could be expected, no real detail can be seen, but it is still a handy tool…


About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 01-16-2009 | 09:01 AM
Posted in: Latest Posts | Prototype Information (the real stuff)

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  1. Now if Google maps allowed user defined and published overlays – that would be very cool. I was surprised to find I could still trace the entire Boston & Maine Peterboro branch from one end to the other. It clarified the approaches for Winchendon and the diamonds at Gardner, road placement etc. It also inspired several very scenic modules I never considered.

    Comment by Chris Arsenault — January 17, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

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