Articles/Books on using graphics in an application

I have an application that controls a machine.  The machine moves up and down a single track servicing station that are on both sides of the track.  I would like to add a map of the track and stations only it and where the machine is at, at all times.  There is no set length of the track and no set number of stations along it, that is something the machine maps out on it's initial run so the application will have to be able to create a map to be shown on the fly so that rules out making a bitmap with paintbrush and showing that as a map.  Are there any good articles or books out there that will help me learn how to do this.
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dociebAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure if using bitmaps is how I would want to do it.  It might have to be the approach I have to take but I would like to hear if anyone else has any recommendations first before I accept.
Well actually its not clear what actually you want  to do..but for maps and thats to be relastic loading bitmaps will be better approach rather than creating graphics / drawing on fly to display.

dociebAuthor Commented:
Tell you the truth, I'm not exactly sure what I want to do.  I submitted the question to get ideas.  At first I strayed away from bitmaps because in my mind I saw size of bitmaps locked in but after thinking about it a little and I guess I can zoom in or zoom out to make it fit.  I guess I can piece together the map several generic bitmaps.  Is this how you would do it based on what I initially said.
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