This may not be news to most of you, but I have just discovered
Micro$oft's answer to Google Earth, and it scores a few points over its
Firstly, the maps (like Google Maps) and 3D (like Google Earth) are
integrated so you can switch between the two.
Secondly, and more importantly, you can switch to viewing the
un-manipulated source images. Because these have not been twisted to
remove the natural perspective of the shot, the whole resolution is
available, providing far more detail. The upshot is that there's enough
detail to make out railway features such as signals, gantries and even
Here's an example :
a quiet Preston station, where a Pendolino is just visible poking out
from under the canopy, and a 57/3 in the north bay (can't quite make out
the number ;-) )
that's a long link, so it will no doubt get wrapped, but I'm sure you
can fix that.
The down side to all this is that you need to install it on your PC
(like Google Earth), but it's worth it IMHO.
15 years ago