[Talk-GB] Railway bridge numbers
craigw84 at fastmail.fm
Tue Apr 9 14:30:32 UTC 2013
On 2013-04-09 14:39, Andy Mabbett wrote:
> All railway bridges (over- and under-) in the UK have a unique number.
> often carried on a metal (more recently plastic) identification plate,
> or painted on:
> Among other things, these are used to speedily identify the bridge in
> case of a vehicle strike which may pose a danger to trains or other
> Do we have a scheme for tagging UK railway bridges with their numbers?
> I have looked on Wiki, and can't find anything, and my local bridges
> are either not tagged; or tagged (for example) ref = B4124:
> which does not identify that number as being a NetworkRail reference
> (if indeed it is, being on a road overbridge maintained by the local
> If we do not have something more specific, I'm happy to draft
> something for discussion.
That ref=B4124 is presumably the road number, not the bridge number.
The tag bridge_ref (or bridge:ref or ref:bridge) is in fairly common use
for bridge numbers.
I'm not sure if there is any common standard for railway bridges. What
is signposted can vary. Sometimes its just a painted number, sometimes
its a proper plate, including the line reference.
Do you include the line reference as part of the bridge reference? I
think its a good idea to do so, when its known. eg tag as something like
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