Track Alignment and Right of Way

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I am in the planning stages of a layout in Salt Lake City, UT. I have been looking at google maps and maps of stations on UTA's website to get track alignment and right of way information. Googles maps and a couple years old, so they are missing some newly added structures and things. What is a good resource to find maps of current track alignments and who has right of way on what tracks?


Fleeing from Al
Google Earth has about the most up to date aerial and hybrid maps, especially for large cities like Salt Lake. Your city planning or engineering department also maintains very up to date maps for things like utilites and zoning and they often have them available in PDF format.

I'm not sure what you mean by right of way on tracks. Are you asking what railroads have trackage rights other than the railroad that owns the tracks?
Yes. For example, UP owns some of the track that the UTA frontrunner communter train runs on. I want to find out what track the train runs on so I can run my model on the same track (is that getting too picky for a model railroad?). So, who owns the track and who has right of way are both good information.


If you are looking for more detail that what Google Earth provides, you can try the Microsoft version.. The satellite photos are usually outdated, but you can use the "Birds Eye View" feature for most major cities. Provides so much more detail than static Google images..

Here is the site;

D&J RailRoad

Professor of HO
Google Earth has a lot of features that Google map doesn't, I.E. aircraft flight mode. I use that to follow along rail routes and to get ground perspective in mountainous regions. It gets interesting when ya turn off the street names feature then try to find your way home. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.