STB adds interactive 'Rail Heritage Map' to database

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WASHINGTON – The Surface Transportation Board has added a new "Rail Heritage Map" to its online Railroad Map Depot. The service was created and is maintained by the STB’s Office of Environmental Analysis for public use and research. Supported by ArcGIS Online, the Railroad Map Depot is a cloud-based platform featuring a number of maps maintained by the Office of Environmental Analysis.

The new Rail Heritage Map displays information on the locations of railroad-related historic properties listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. The majority of the Heritage Map’s historic rail properties are rail depots, indicating the popularity of these iconic landmarks in communities nationwide. Other property types include bridges, trestles, car barns, freight houses, roundhouses, rail beds, tunnels, and rolling stock. Rail-themed and commercial districts are also included.

Based on NPS data, the Heritage Map displays information on a United States Geological Survey topographic basemap providing considerable natural- and cultural-landscape detail.

While the Heritage Map includes current, unrestricted data acquired from the NPS in 2015, its data are dynamic. The Office of Environmental Analysis is compiling information on other historic properties as well. Public recommendations for additions to the data list, or general comments, are welcome by emailing

For more information, or to view the Rail Heritage Map, go to

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