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Date: 02/27/23 08:43
SPV Atlases
Author: colehour

I placed an order for an atlas from Steam Powered Video in early November and have heard nothing from them. At least they did not charge my credit card.

Anyone know what's up with this outfit? I ordered from them several years ago and there was no problem.



Date: 02/27/23 08:55
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: TAW

colehour Wrote:
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> I placed an order for an atlas from Steam Powered
> Video in early November and have heard nothing
> from them. At least they did not charge my credit
> card.
>
> Anyone know what's up with this outfit? I ordered
> from them several years ago and there was no
> problem.

I don't think they are in business any longer. The atlases have become a collector's item.

TAW



Date: 02/27/23 09:52
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: CCMF

I wish for a UK version of these ..... good luck to me.

Bill Miller
Galt, ON



Date: 02/27/23 10:44
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: colehour

TAW Wrote:
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> colehour Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I placed an order for an atlas from Steam
> Powered
> > Video in early November and have heard nothing
> > from them. At least they did not charge my
> credit
> > card.
> >
> > Anyone know what's up with this outfit? I
> ordered
> > from them several years ago and there was no
> > problem.
>
> I don't think they are in business any longer. The
> atlases have become a collector's item.

Thanks for the information. Unfortunately, the website still functions and, when you place an order, you get a confirmation. As I said, at least I didn't get charged for anything. 

The abandonedrails.com site is very useful and has more information, but I like having a paper atlas. 
 



Date: 02/27/23 13:49
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: longliveSP

CCMF Wrote:
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> I wish for a UK version of these ..... good luck
> to me.



Date: 02/27/23 14:15
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: longliveSP

CCMF Wrote:
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> I wish for a UK version of these ..... good luck
> to me.

What is ironic is the company is (or now was) a UK company.



Date: 02/27/23 14:25
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: inyosub

I ordered from them just last year and got what I wanted. Note that when I ordered i got a confirmation it would ship from 
a US location.
ALSO,  I just ordered a book from Kalmbach and I saw they had a bunch of the Steam Powered Atlas books.  Maybe
take a look there for the one you want.
 



Date: 03/01/23 07:40
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: colehour

inyosub Wrote:
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> I ordered from them just last year and got what I
> wanted. Note that when I ordered i got a
> confirmation it would ship from 
> a US location.
> ALSO,  I just ordered a book from Kalmbach and I
> saw they had a bunch of the Steam Powered Atlas
> books.  Maybe
> take a look there for the one you want.
>  
Thanks for the info on Kalmbach. They did have what I wanted and I'ved ordered a copy. 

It's too bad SPV is apparently not producing these atlases. They were a handy resource, although I found some errors (mainly spelling) that made me wonder about the overal accuracy of the maps. 



Date: 03/01/23 09:48
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: TAW

colehour Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> inyosub Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I ordered from them just last year and got what
> I
> > wanted. Note that when I ordered i got a
> > confirmation it would ship from 
> > a US location.
> > ALSO,  I just ordered a book from Kalmbach and
> I
> > saw they had a bunch of the Steam Powered Atlas
> > books.  Maybe
> > take a look there for the one you want.
> >  
> Thanks for the info on Kalmbach. They did have
> what I wanted and I'ved ordered a copy. 
>
> It's too bad SPV is apparently not producing these
> atlases. They were a handy resource, although I
> found some errors (mainly spelling) that made me
> wonder about the overal accuracy of the maps. 

They are the most accurate source I have found.

I checked abandonedrails.com against what I know about Washington. It isn't even close to accurate, or let's say, what is depicted is accurate, but there is more missing than depicted.



TAW



Date: 03/01/23 11:59
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: colehour

TAW Wrote:
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>>colehour Wrote:
> > It's too bad SPV is apparently not producing
> these
> > atlases. They were a handy resource, although I
> > found some errors (mainly spelling) that made
> me
> > wonder about the overall accuracy of the maps. 

>
> They are the most accurate source I have found.
>
> I checked abandonedrails.com against what I know
> about Washington. It isn't even close to accurate,
> or let's say, what is depicted is accurate, but
> there is more missing than depicted.

I agree with your assessment of abandonedrails.com. Good information (text, photos, comments from users) but it does not appear to show all abandoned lines. Also, I once had a copy of the Rand McNally Handy Railroad Atlas of the USA. Not as much detail, but  fun to browse through. It is no longer in print, I believe. 



Date: 03/02/23 07:36
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: GeoffM

CCMF Wrote:
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> I wish for a UK version of these ..... good luck
> to me.

https://www.trackmaps.co.uk/
Oddly some of the links seem to be broken on the (mobile) home page but the burger menu links work.



Date: 03/02/23 18:46
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: usmc1401

Yes they are out of print or just hard to find. Carstens publications was the distributor in the USA at one time. They are now owned by White River Publishing. A few years ago they were going to reprint a few editions with no updates or corrections. Each new or updated edition hand many improvements but the publisher never listed the updated editions clearly.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/02/23 20:51 by usmc1401.



Date: 03/03/23 04:50
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: colehour

usmc1401 Wrote:
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> Yes they are out of print or just hard to find.
> Carstens publications was the distributor in the
> USA at one time. They are now owned by White River
> Publishing. A few years ago they were going to
> reprint a few editions with no updates or
> corrections. Each new or updated edition hand many
> improvements but the publisher never listed the
> updated editions clearly.

Thanks to the info provided by a TO member, I discovered that at least some of the atlases are available from Kalmbach. I just ordered one a few days ago, and it's on its way. Still only $25 plus shipping. 
 



Date: 03/13/23 20:01
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: SCAX3401

The fine folks at Railfan Depot (www.railfandepot.com) starting publishing new, updated (at least I think they were updated, let me know if they weren't) versions of them but stopped after four editions and threw in the towel.  I think there just wasn't the demand to make producing them viable.  The have since sold out of two of the four, but the California & Nevada along with the Appalachia and Piedmont versions are still available as of right now.



Date: 03/16/23 08:29
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: usmc1401

The last California Nevada edition from SPV was in 2009. The ones being sold by Railfan Depot are reprints with probably no updates.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/16/23 08:30 by usmc1401.



Date: 03/24/23 19:14
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: NormSchultze

These "Atlas'" show no roads !



Date: 03/24/23 20:14
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: usmc1401

Yes no roads. For clarity railroads and rivers only,.



Date: 04/04/23 13:30
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: ronross

I am planning a trip to New Hampshire and the surrounding New England area.  I can't locate any SPV New England atlas on line.  Are there any other publications that would cover this area?



Date: 04/30/23 09:35
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: SOO6617

Holy Crap, I just looked on the ABEbooks website and booksellers are asking for prices ranging from $125 to $505 for a single book!



Date: 04/30/23 13:24
Re: SPV Atlases
Author: TheNavigator

Kalmbach appears to have the entire series available, $25.00 for each book.

https://kalmbachhobbystore.com/search?q=spv+atlas

 



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