Colorado Pictorial Railroad Map
Linn H. Westcott, 1943
Pictorial Railroad Map of Colorado

Map


Detail of map title

Detail of map title

Detail of Denver and Colorado Springs

Detail of Denver and Colorado Springs

Detail of map illustration and inset

Map inset and illustration

Map envelope

Envelope

Map back

Back of map

Linn H. Westcott (1913-1980) (cartographer)
Colorado Railroad Map
Kalmbach Publishing Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 1943
Color-process print, folds as issued
24 x 38 inches, overall
6.5 x 9.5 inches, folded in original envelope
$600

Pictorial pocket railroad map of the State of Colorado, prepared by Linn H. Westcott for Trains magazine.  The front panel of the map describes its contents:

Showing all railroads, abandonments, topography, points of interest, electric railroads, street railways, with notes on historic and present-day aspects.

This is the most complete railroad map of Colorado ever prepared.  It includes 16 maps in all, at various scales, to show all parts of the state with suitable detail.

In addition to the inset maps, there are four illustrations of trains traveling through Colorado landscapes.  At the bottom is the map title and key, with logos of eight major railroads that operated in the state at the time, and two small illustrations of trains and one of a station house.  The map is printed in shades of blue, brown, black and red.  As befits the map of such a mountainous region, the topography is shaded to indicate peaks and valleys.  On the back are indexes to cities and towns and “features” such as mountains, rivers and national parks, and a comprehensive “List of Railroads” with explanatory information.

Linn H. Westcott was a leading expert on model trains.  From 1934 on, he published numerous articles, eight books and two booklets on the subject.  He also was the editor of Model Railroader magazine for 16 years.  Westcott innovated several techniques for building model train layouts that are still commonly used by hobbyists today.

Kalmbach Publishing Company was founded in 1934 and publishes numerous hobbyist magazines, as well as related books.  It continues to publish Trains magazine and four other periodicals related to railroading and model trains.

Condition: Map and envelope generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear.  Some minor openings at folds at intersections.

References:

“About Kalmbach Publishing Co.”  Kalmbach Publishing Company.  2009. http://www.kalmbach.com/kpc/default.aspx?c=a&id=258 (6 May 2009).

“Linn H. Westcott.” Wikipedia.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linn_Westcott (6 May 2009).