Interstate Commerce Commission
Specification for Maps and Profiles

VALUATION ORDER No. 1.

At a General Session of the INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION, held at its office in Washington, D. C, on the 12th day of January, A. D. 1914.

The subject of specifications for maps and profiles to be prescribed for and applied by steam railway carriers being under consideration, the following order was entered :

It is ordered That the specifications for maps and profiles which are set out in printed form to be hereafter known as first issue, a copy of which is now before this Commission, be, and the same are hereby, approved ; that a copy thereof, duly authenticated by the Secretary of the Commission, be filed in its archives, and a second copy thereof, in like manner authenticated, in the office of the division of valuation ; and that each of said copies so authenticated and filed shall be deemed an original record thereof.

It is further ordered that the said specifications for maps and profiles be, and the same are hereby, prescribed for the use of all steam railway carriers subject to the provisions of the act to regulate commerce, as amended, in the preparation of all maps and profiles which shall be required filed with this Commission in accordance with section 19a of the act to regulate commerce; that each and every carrier and each and every receiver or operating trustee of any such carrier be required to prepare and furnish to the Commission all maps and profiles in conformity therewith; and that a copy of the said first issue be sent to each and every such carrier and to each and every receiver or operating trustee of any such carrier.

It is further ordered, That every steam railway carrier prepare and furnish to the Commission complete maps and profiles of its property as it exists June 30, 1914, on or before Februarys 1, 1915, or by such subsequent date as may be fixed by the Commission as a result of a hearing which will be given any carrier to show cause why said maps and profiles cannot be filed within such time limit.

It is further ordered, That maps and profiles of extensions and improvements or other changes made after June 30, 1914, shall be prepared and furnished to the Commission within six months after said extension and improvement or change has been placed in operation.

It is further ordered, That February 1, 1914, be, and is hereby, fixed as the date on which the said first issue of the specifications for maps and profiles shall become effective.

By the Commission.
[seal.] George B. McGinty,
Secretary

INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT.

INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION,

Washington, January 12, 1914.
To railway carriers:

The accompanying specifications for maps and profiles required by the Interstate Commerce Commission under authority of section 19a of the act to regulate commerce prescribe standards which, from date of issue, will apply to all maps and profiles which shall finally be filed with the Commission in connection with the valuation of railway properties.

To enable the Commission to begin the valuation work promptly, the carriers shall furnish for initial use copies of those existing maps and profiles and other standard and special plans that will assist the Commission in its work. These existing maps, profiles, and other plans shall be collected together by the carriers at their general engineering offices for inspection by the Commission, and copies of such maps, profiles, and other plans which it determines useful for its purpose shall be furnished when requested.

Many standard and special plans of structures will be required by the Commission in connection with the valuation, from time to time, but the permanent filing of all such special records with the Commission is not contemplated at this time, and carriers will be required to preserve such plans at their general offices so as to be readily accessible to the Commission.

Attached hereto as Appendix B are illustrative copies (one-half size) of certain of the maps and profiles described in the specifications.

A copy of section 19a of the act to regulate commerce is also included as Appendix A.

Should a question arise at any time in the minds of officers of carriers with regard to the correct interpretation of any portion of these specifications, such officials are invited to correspond with the Commission in order that uniformity may lie secured in their application.

George B. McGinty,

Secretary.

SYNOPSIS.

  • I. General.
    • 1. Intent.
  • II. Maps and profiles required.
    • 2. Classes and titles.
    • 3. Description and purpo.se.
  • III. Materials for maps and profiles.
    • 4. Cloth.
    • 5. Ink.
  • IV. Form of maps and profiles.
    • 6. Size of sheets.
    • 7. Scales.
    • 8. Symbols.
    • 9. Lettering.
    • 10. Arrangement of data.
    • 11. Cardinal points.
    • 12. Indexing.
    • 13. Title.
    • 14. Certification.
  • V. Data required.
    • 15. Right of way and track map.
    • 16. Station maps.
    • 17. Profiles.

SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE PREPARATION OF THE MAPS AND PROFILES WHICH SHALL BE FILED WITH THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION TO SUPPORT THE VALUATION OF PROPERTY OF RAILWAY CARRIERS.

I. GENERAL.

1. Intent.

In order that the Interstate Commerce Commission may investigate, ascertain, report, and record the value of property of railway carriers as it now exists and as it hereafter may he extended, improved, or changed, it is essential that certain maps and profiles shall be prepared by the carriers and filed with the Commission.

It is not the intent of the Commission to require the unnecessary construction of maps and profiles. All maps and profiles, both old and new, must be furnished upon sheets of the standard sizes and upon material of the kind, specified, and they must be produced or reproduced by the process specified.

All new maps and profiles, whether covering new construction or old construction, must be strictly in accordance with these specifications.

Where maps and profiles already in existence contain in the opinion of the Commission the necessary information in such form that it is reasonably available, these will be accepted.

For the purpose of ascertaining to what extent their present maps are acceptable carriers may bring together at their principal engineering offices such maps and profiles as they desire to tender. Thereupon the Commission will at once examine the same and will indicate in writing what are acceptable in their present form and what changes or additions should be made in order to make others acceptable.

Except in case of existing maps and profiles accepted or modified as above, these specifications must be strictly followed.

II. MAPS AND PROFILES REQUIRED.

2. Classes and Titles.

Three general classes of drawings shall be made by the carriers a-id filed with the Commission, viz :
(1) Right-of-Way and Track Map.

(2) Station Maps.

(a) Maps showing all lands, separately from improvements, when this is necessary for clearness.

(&) Maps showing tracks and structures and external land boundaries.

(3) Profile.

3. Description and Purpose.

The Right-of-Way and Track Map shall be a true horizontal projection of the right of way, tracks, and other structures, platted continuously between district or terminal points.

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The Station Maps shall be a supplement to the above for terminals and other locations where the property of carriers is so extensive and complicated that it can not be clearly shown on the Right-of-Way and Track Map. The Station Maps shall be made in two separate sets, one showing details as to lands and the other the tracks, structures, and external land boundaries, except that where practicable to show clearly on one map all information specified hereinafter, this may be done.

The Profile shall be a vertical, sectional view on center line of track (or other railway base line) on an exaggerated vertical scale, and shall show the features of the railway track substructure and superstructure, which can best be indicated in vertical projection; also such other detail information as is hereinafter more fully set forth.

III. MATERIALS.

4. Cloth.

All maps and profiles shall be made by hand or by a lithographic process, approved by the Commission, on the best grade of tracing cloth (Imperial or its equal).

5. Ink.

The ink used for making maps and profiles shall be the best grade, black, waterproof, and permanent India or printer's ink. The profile ruling shall be printed in orange (colored) ink where hand tracings are furnished.

IV. FORM OF MAPS AND PROFILES.

6. Size of Sheets.

The Right-of-Way and Track Map shall be made in sheets 24 by 56 inches. A plain, single-line border shall be drawn on each sheet, dimensions Inside of which shall be 23 by 55 inches.

The Station Maps shall be made in sheets 24 by 56 inches, with border line as above. When more than one sheet is required to show a station property, the plat shall be made upon " matched marked " sheets in such manner as to require a minimum number.

The profile shall be made in sheets 12 by 56 inches with border. The size inside of border lines shall be 10 by 55 inches.

7. Scales.

The Right-of-Way and Track Map shall be made ou a scale of 1 inch equals 400 feet, or 1 inch equals 200 feet.

The Station Maps shall be made on a scale of 1 inch equals 100 feet, or in complicated situations 1 inch equals 50 feet.

The Profile shall be made on standard plate A, and on scales of: Vertical, 1 inch equals 20 feet ; horizontal, 1 inch equals 400 feet.

8. Symbols.

The symbols used on all maps and profiles shall be the standards recommended by the American Railway Engineering Association, in so far as they may be applicable.

9. Lettering.

All lettering on maps and profiles shall be in plain, simple style.

10. Arrangement of Data.

The Right-of-Way and Track Map sheets shall be made with the zero or lowest numbered station at the left side of each sheet and shall be platted continuously from left to right. Where the use of this method would involve the abandonment of established survey station numbers of a railway, the platting may be done in such a way as to preserve them, provided the maps or profiles for any given main line or branch are continuous in same direction between termini of main line or branch. The general direction of the center line of track shall be as nearly as possible parallel to and half way between the long sides of sheets, so that the maximum space each side of platted right-of-way lines may be available for showing adjacent topography and property lines and for making notes as to physical property. The maximum length of main roadway represented on any one sheet (between "match marks") shall be 4 miles, if scale is 1 inch equals 400 feet, or 2 miles if scale is 1 inch equals 200 feet.

The Station Maps shall be made as prescribed above for Right-of-Way and Track Maps.

The Profile shall be made so that any serially numbered sheet shall cover the same portion of the railway as the like serially numbered sheet or sheets of the Right-of-Way and Track Map. Platting shall be done as specified above. The 2 1/2-inch space immediately above the lower border line shall be used for track alignment and topographic data. The remaining 7 1/2-inch space shall be used for platting the profile in such a way as to most economically utilize the space.

11. Cardinal Points.

On all Right-of-Way and Track Map sheets and Station Maps an arrow showing the true north and south line (as nearly as can be ascertained from existing records) shall be placed. This arrow shall be not less than 3 inches in length and shall have the letter " N " marked at its north end.

12. Indexing.

For each series of Right-of-Way and Track Maps there shall be made a small skeleton index map on a scale of not less than one-fourth inch equals 1 mile. Where practicable this index map may be placed on any vacant space of the first sheet of a series, and where made on a separate sheet it shall be 24 by 56 inches. This index map shall show by outline with file numbers therein the sheets of a series, the name of main line division or branch line, the principal cities or towns, and the beginning and ending station numbers of series, and any other information carrier may elect to place thereon.

All Right-of-Way and Track Map sheets and Profile sheets shall be numbered serially, beginning with sheet 1. The sheets representing valuation sections shall form separate series, and the valuation sections shall be numbered serially with the letter " V " preceding the number. The letter " P " shall precede the serial number or numbers on the profile sheets. Index numbers shall be in lower right-hand corner of the sheet and inclosed in plain, single-line circle 1 inch in diameter. Valuation numbers shall be in the upper half of circle and sheet number below with a straight line between.

The Station Maps shall be given the same serial number preceded by the letter "S" as the sheet of the Right-of-Way and Track Map which they supplement.

In case a Right-of-Way and Track Map sheet is supplemented by more than one Station Map, a subscript letter should be used after the number, e. g., S 32a, S 32b, etc., where land and track features are combined; S-L 32a, etc., where land only is shown; and S-T 32a. etc., where track features only are shown.

On the Right-of-Way and Track-Map sheets references to all Station Maps shall be shown by outlining limits of Station Maps and giving the number of the Station Map sheets.

The carrier's file number shall also be placed on all map and profile sheets in the lower left-hand corner.

13. Title.

The title shall be placed as near the lower right-hand corner as practicable. The following information shall be given therein :

(1) Class.

Right-of-Way and Track Map.

Station Map.

Profile.

(2) Corporate name of the railway.

(3) Name of operating company.

(4) Name of railway division or branch line.

(5) Beginning and ending survey station numbers on sheet.

(6) Scale or scales.

(7) Date as of which maps or profiles represent the facts shown thereon.

(8) Office from which issued.

14. Certification.

A certificate as to the correctness of all maps and profiles shall be printed and executed on the first sheet of each series, and each of the other sheets of the same series shall be identified as a part thereof. The certificate on the first sheet of each series shall be placed as near the title as practicable and shall be of the following form:

State of __
County of __
I, the undersigned, officer of the (Name of railway company.) do hereby certify that this is a correct (Map or profile.) in a series of sheets, of said railway from survey station to survey station (Main line, division, or branch.), State of __
prepared from the records of said company.
___ Engineer.
Correct : (Name of officer authorized to certify records.)
Subscribed and sworn to before me __ this day of __
Notary public in and for the County __ of State of __
My commission expires ___

The identification on the other sheets of a series shall be of the following form and placed as near the title as practicable:
Sheet No. of of (Series.) (Railway, main line or branch.) from survey station to survey station
Engineer.

V. DATA REQUIRED.

15. On the Right-of-Way and Track Map.

On the Right-of-Way and Track Map shall be shown the following data :

(a) Boundary lines of all right of way. — The term " right of way" as herein used includes all lands owned or used for purposes of a common carrier, no matter how acquired.

Show: Width of right of way, in figures, at each end of the sheet and at points where a change of width occurs, with station and plus of such points; boundary lines and dimensions of each separate tract acquired; a schedule of deed, custodian's number, the name of grantor and grantee, kind of instrument, date and book and page where recorded. Each tract of land shall be given a serial number and listed serially in the schedule. The schedule shall also include reference to leases to the company, franchises, ordinances, grants, and all other methods of acquisition.

(b) Boundary lines of detached lands. — Where same can be shown clearly. The term " detached lands" as herein used includes:

(1) Lands owned or used for purposes of a common carrier, but not adjoining or connecting with other lands of the carrier.

(2) Lands owned and not used for purposes of a common carrier, either adjoining or disconnected from other property owned by the carrier.

Show: Boundary lines and dimensions; distance and bearing from some point on the boundary line to some established point or permanent land corner, where practicable, and separately on the schedule above, the lands not used for purposes of a common carrier.

(c) Intersecting property lines of adjacent landowners. — Where the information is in the possession of the carrier show : The property lines of adjacent landowners, the station and plus of important intersections of property lines with center line of railway or other railway base line, and the names of owners of the land adjacent to the right of way.

(d) Intersecting divisional land lines. — Show: Section, township, county. State, city, town, village, or other governmental lines, with names or designations ; the width and names of streets and highways which intersect the right of way; and the station and plus at all such points of crossing or intersections with center line of railway or other railway base line.

(e) Division and subdivision of lands beyond the limits of the right of way. — Where the information is in the possession of carrier show : The section and quarter-section lines for a maximum distance of 1 mile on each side of the center or base line of railway where the land has been subdivided into townships and sections; such data as to divisions, tracts, streets, alleys, blocks, and lots, where the land has been divided in some other way than by sections ; the distance, where known, from railway-base line to permanent land corners or monuments; and the base line from which the railway's lands were located (center line of first, second, third, or fourth main track or other base line).

(f) Alignment and tracks. — Show : The center line of each main and side track when such tracks are outside the limits covered by the Station Maps and center line of each main track also inside Station-Map limits ; the length, in figures, of all sidetracks from point of switch to point of switch, or point of switch to end of track; all other railways, crossed or connecting, and state if crossing is over or under grade, and give name of owner of such tracks; survey station number at even 1,000 scale-feet intervals, and station and plus at points of all main line switches at points of curves and tangents and at beginning and ending points on each sheet; the degree and central angle of curves; and joint tracks and ownership thereof.

(g) Improvements. — Show : Station and office buildings, shops, engine houses, fuel stations, water stations, etc. (owned by the carrier), in general outline, where it can be done clearly. Also indicate conventionally : Bridges, trestles, culverts, tunnels, retaining walls, cattle guards, mileposts, signal bridges and ground masts, fences by note only, and other principal railway structures owned by the carrier, with general data as to dimensions; and, where practicable, pipe lines, sewers, underground conduits, paving, curbing, or similar works located on the right of way of the carrier or adjoining and owned by the carrier in whole or in part. Give station and plus to all important structures which are outlined above.

(h) Topographical features. — Show : Rivers, creeks, watercourses, highway crossings, etc. Give names, where known, and when highway crossings are
over or under grade, so state.

16. On Station Maps.

The purpose of the large scale Station Maps is to permit the showing of improvements in more detail than is practicable on the right-of-way and track map.

Where the station property to be mapped is extensive and complicated, it shall be delineated on two separate maps.

(1) Shall show all data relating to ownership of lands.

(2) Shall show all tracks and structures and external land boundaries. Where practicable, without sacrificing the clearness of the map, the two may be combined into one map.

Show all information set forth under items (a) to (h), inclusive, of section No. 15, when inside of Station-Map limits, and all other surface and subsurface improvements owned by the carrier and not hereinbefore noted, as far as may be practicable.

Tracks shall be represented on Station Maps either by center lines or by rail lines.

17. On Profile.

The following data shall be placed on all Profiles :

(a) Roadway. — Show: The vertical projection of the original ground surface on center line of railway; present grade line (top of the roadbed subgrade); rates of grade; elevations (sea-level datum) at all points of change of grade, at each end of sheets and where profile is "broken," at 50-foot (scale) intervals ; and the station and plus to points of change of grade and station numbers at each 1,000-foot (scale) interval near lower border of sheet.

(b) Structures. — Show: Bridges, trestles, culverts, retaining walls, tunnels, and other roadbed structures in vertical projection, stating the kind and general dimensions by figures ; average depth of penetration of piling in each bent of trestles, or under other structures, by vertical projection; character of, and depth to foundation bed of masonry structures by vertical projection; reference to railway file numbers of the detail standard or special plans by which the structures were built; existing mile posts; and the station and plus of each of the above indicated improvements.

(c) Quantities. — Profiles of railways built after the date of Issue of these specifications shall show for each mile a summary of construction quantities to subgrade, including roadway, bridges, and culverts. Profiles of railways built before the issue of these specifications may show, at the option of the carrier, similar quantities in the same summary form.

The summary of quantities shall be in detail, according to the standard classification of units used by each carrier.

(d) Alignment and track. — Show: On the lower 2 1/2 by 55-inch space of the profile sheet, the center line of each main track, developed into straight line or lines, with alignment notes of curves stated in figures; the station and plus at points of curves and tangents; and other data, such as passing tracks, depot buildings, water and fuel stations, highway crossings, railway crossings, and important watercourses that will assist in interpreting the profile. For platting transversely a scale of 1 inch equals 200 feet shall be used.

 

Valuation Order No. 5.
INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION.

MODIFYING AND SUPPLEMENTAL ORDER
At a General Session of the INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION, held at its office in Washington, D. C, on the 21st day of November, A. D. 1914.

It is ordered, That the Map Order, so called, pertaining to steam railway carriers, made and entered by the Commission under date of January 12, 1914, be, and it is hereby, modified and supplemented as follows:

The third paragraph shall be changed to read :

It is further ordered, That every steam railway carrier prepare complete maps and profiles of its property as the property exists on the date as of which it shall be valued by the Commission, of which date the carrier shall receive from the Commission, in writing, six months' notice, and that the carrier shall file such maps and profiles in the office of the Commission within 30 days after such date of valuation : Provided, however, That, so far as notice is concerned, this order shall not apply to carriers whose property is now being valued by the Commission, or to carriers who have heretofore received notice from the Commission of the date upon which such valuation will be begun.

The fourth paragraph shall be changed to read:

It is further ordered, That maps and profiles of extensions and improvements, or other changes made after the date of valuation, shall be prepared and furnished to the Commission within six months after the extension or improvement or other change has been made.

By the Commission.
[seal.] George B. McGinty,
Secretary.

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