As I hinted at a few days ago, there's a new layer on SABRE Maps which isn't actually anything to do with British and Irish roads per se
, but might be of interest if you ever go abroad - 1:250,000 coverage of France c. 1959. The maps were created by the US Army Map Service, and hence being the work of the US Government, are in the public domain.
Why am I interested in this? Well, France was the first country to get road numbering - it's been around for 200 years and our own numbering system was inspired by theirs. More importantly, as you're probably aware, the French have gone in for mass road building and detrunking / renumbering on a scale that positively dwarfs ours, first around 1973, then especially around 2006, which nearly wiped the RN5 off the map entirely, for example. So, I've been interested in getting hold of a map showing the state of the road network immediately before all this kicked off for some time.Click here for the coverage
At the moment, the tiles don't seem to be notably impacting disk space, but I'm concerned that since it's "off topic", it doesn't really belong on SABRE. You'll also notice that most of the search and click features don't work apart from in a few fringe cases like Calais which happen to just fall inside the UK National Grid system. To us, the A75 is a 40mph slog behind lorries, not a marvel of road engineering.
could host it long term?
What do you think?