I've had this idea for a little while but never really started it. We at http://thirdward.wordpress.com
know a ton of urbans around the Milwaukee area, but not really anywhere else. We have most of them on a google map showing their locations and pictures of the rails/features. Because its google maps, we are able to zoom in, see them with satellite pictures, get directions to, and even look at a lot of them in streetview.
What we want to do is get together a massive collection all over the midwest (WI, Ill, Minn, etc) but we need everyones help. I've asked a few people to help out but we need a lot more rails before we can release it. This will be a public map, where everyone can see it so we are asking that everyone who would potentially use it contribute. Ask your buddies where there spots if you don't know any. Tell them in return they are getting a wealth of info. I know a lot of people are pretty protective with their urban knowledge, but I think a huge resource of spots will be better then just knowing a few yourself.
What I would need from you would be a picture of the rail, and the exact location of where it is. Go to http://maps.google.com/
, zoom into the exact spot of the rail, right click and select "what's here" , from there copy down the two latitude and longitude numbers that comes up, and send me those two numbers along with the picture of the rail.
Here are some pictures of what is coming along so far, but I'm waiting until I get a lot more rails until I release it, so please help out if you can
--Far Out View--
--Close Up View--
Cliff notes, We need your help with more spots for a public midwest urban rail map, to be released in the near future