Y1: Oral Presentation C Friday, 10:30 – 11:00 am C Lake Superior Ballroom O
Railroad Right of Way Map Preservation
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Office of Land Management, LIS Unit
395 John Ireland Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55155-1899
The Department of Transportation took possession
of a large number of railroad maps from the Public Service Commission (PSC) when
the PSC was reorganized in the 1970s. These maps contain valuable information
relative to existing and abandoned rail lines in Minnesota. This information
includes alignment, land ties, right of way widths, land title information and
acquisition information. The majority of these maps are paper copies, which date
back to the 1920s and are becoming very fragile. The indexing of these maps is
very poor and confusing due to the railroad companies' mergers or disappearing
completely and map termini's referencing place names that no longer exist.
This project proposes to get the maps into a digital format that would be available on the Internet. The indexing of these maps will be geo referenced so it will be easy to determine which map covers the area of an individual's interest. The projected users of the maps are public and private-sector land surveyors, land title examiners, Department of Transportation and Public Works personnel required to re-establish abandoned rail lines or any other person who has a need for information about the existing or abandoned rail lines.