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Arizona Eastern Railway

Posted by Richard Hufford on 11 March 2018 in English (English)

I am considering correcting the name of the railroad going from Bowie to Globe, AZ. It is named Arizona Eastern Railway, but on OpenStreetMap it is identified as Union Pacific. The railroad has had a number of names since it was built, so I'm trying to figure out what to put under the old_name tag. Looking at Wikipedia entries for Gila Valley, Globe and Northern Railway, Arizona Eastern Railway and Southern Pacific Railroad, I've come up with these values:

old_name:1885-1898=Gila Valley, Globe and Northern Railway

old_name:1899-1923=Arizona Eastern Railroad

old_name:1924-1987=Southern Pacific Railroad

I do remember seeing some Union Pacific locomotives, but the Wikipedia entry for Arizona Eastern Railway says that the line was sold to Kyle in 1988, and Southern Pacific was sold to Union Pacific in 1998. I think this shows that the railroad was never part of UP.

Are my old_name entries a reasonably correct improvement to OpenStreetMap?

The line from Lordsburg, NM to Clifton, AZ is also part of Arizona Eastern Railway, now, but it has a different history.

Location: Solomon, Graham County, Arizona, 85551, USA

Entered minor changes, JOSM appeared to hang

Posted by Richard Hufford on 26 October 2014 in English (English)

I entered a few corrections near Geronimo, Arizona, because I drove through the intersection of Geronimo Lane and Black Lane and it was a little bit different from what the map showed. When I closed JOSM, selecting the Perform Changes button, JOSM appeared to hang with the message "Preparing layer xxx for upload." showing on the dialog window. It appears that the changes were successfully uploaded. I will check in a day or two to see that my changes are intact. Note that I updated my Java version today (Oct 26, 2014) before running JOSM.

I should mention that I'm using Windows 7, 64-bit

Location: Emery, Graham County, Arizona, USA

Powerline from Safford, AZ toward Duncan

Posted by Richard Hufford on 20 October 2013 in English (English)

I added a powerline that starts just south of Safford, AZ and runs toward Duncan, AZ. From what I read, this line is called a subtransmission line, so I labeled it a power=minor_line. Currently, I am concentrating on finding poles that are endpoints to segments of the line and I hope to fill in the rest of the poles, eventually.

I am also adding the access road that runs under the line. I find it difficult to add nodes to the road (using JOSM) without accidentally connecting the road to the power line.

I've also noticed that the area around South Barney Lane has changed considerably. Currently, there is a road named Emory Road on the map, but I can't find it. There is a road named Busby Drive that has some similar points to Emory Road, so I guess I'll put Emory Road as its old_name. In the next several days, I'll make some corrections to the area.

When I started mapping the area earlier this year, I was worried that I'd run out of things to do, but every time I add a feature to the map, I find plenty of other features that need mapping!

Location: Graham County, Arizona, USA

San Simon Barrier Structure Dam

Posted by Richard Hufford on 31 August 2013 in English (English)

I updated the San Simon Barrier Structure Dam, which is located on the San Simon River southwest of Solomonville, AZ. It is an erosion control structure, consisting of an earthen dam with a Baffle Chute where the river passes through it. (I got the term Baffle Chute from Wikipedia). Here are the changes I made:

  1. Documented the main road to the dam.

  2. Added a way, with the tag waterway=dam, along the top of the dam. I also added the tag, name=San Simon Barrier Structure Dam, to the way.

  3. Moved the node from the Tiger data, so that it is on the way that I added, on the Baffle Chute. I also corrected the spelling of San Simon on that node.

4, There's a footpath from the place where I parked to the top of the dam at one side of the baffle chute. I added a way for that, with the tag highway=footway, but I am not sure that the map was updated with this way.

I am a bit confused about the way the name of the dam is displayed. Last night, it appeared to me that the name was still displayed for the Tiger node, and that no name is displayed for the way that represents the dam. It seems to me that I should delete the Tiger node and that the name should be displayed on the dam, but I'm not sure if that's the right thing for me to do.

Location: Gripe, Graham County, Arizona, 85551, USA

Added Barriers to tracks

Posted by Richard Hufford on 16 August 2013 in English (English)

I added some barriers to tracks near Haekel Road. In one case, I could not find the track while driving along Haekel Road, but when I walked around I did find the track--it hasn't been used in awhile and is basically blocked by the barrow ditch. That ditch is pointed out in the location in this diary entry.
The other two barriers are on tracks some friends and I drove along. We discovered that the tracks were blocked by a dry wash. barrier=ditch seems like the most applicable tag to add. One of these barriers is located at (32.71174066517902, -109.496795473331). Did I add these barriers correctly?

Location: San Jose, Graham County, Arizona, 85551, USA

Haekel Road

Posted by Richard Hufford on 31 July 2013 in English (English)

I noticed that Haekel Road was not documented on OpenStreetMap. It is a paved road that goes from U.S. 70, near San Jose, AZ, to San Simon. Some friends and I drove the road from U.S. 70 to a few miles South of Hot Well Dunes and I recorded the GPS. I have added the parts of the road that were missing and converted a number of roads marked "residential" to "track".
1. There are a number of little roads labeled "Hackle Road". I think these labels refer to Haekel Road and should all be deleted or changed. The highway sign on U.S. 70 says Haekel. I don't know what any signs in San Simon say. 2. I added Hot Well Dunes. This is a BLM recreational area with camping, a hot spring and ATV use. I hope I labeled this feature correctly. Currently there is a $3 per vehicle per day fee to visitors. 3. I need to check out the roads around Hot Well Dunes. Many of them should probably be removed. 4. I need to drive Tanque Road, which goes from U.S. Highway 191, near the Stockton Pass turnoff, to Tanque and then to Haekel Road.

I am combining mapping with Geocaching and exercising my dog, and I have a friend who just likes to explore. I'm not following any particular plan, but I'm sure that the changes I make are improvements to the map.

Location: Gripe, Graham County, Arizona, 85551, USA

New user from Safford, Arizona, USA

Posted by Richard Hufford on 4 July 2009 in English (English)

I'm a newbie from Safford, Arizona, USA. I don't have a lot of time, but I notice that most of the little dirt roads in the desert around here are listed as residential. I plan to start out by checking out these roads and changing them to tracks. Also, I'll correct some obvious errors and rename the railroad that goes through Safford to the Arizona Eastern Railroad.
I have a few questions about railroads:
1. Some segments of the line going from Lordsburg, NM to Clifton, AZ are labeled "railway=spur". Merkaartor does not display these segments as railroads. Should they be relabeled "railway=rail"?
2. Most of the railroad stations in the area are not used anymore, and passenger train service is nonexistent in this area. Should the railroad stations be removed from the map?