[Talk-GB] Railway bridge numbers

Richard Mann richard.mann.westoxford at gmail.com
Wed Apr 10 11:55:51 UTC 2013


The first three characters are the "Engineers Line Reference" and used by
the civils engineers for a few tens of miles of track (the signalling
people have a completely separate location coding, and the timetable
planners yet another...).

For instance the line through Oxford is the DCL (Didcot to Chester
line), but you'll need to have an interest in railway history to appreciate
the logic of that.


On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 8:00 PM, Gregory Williams <
gregory at gregorywilliams.me.uk> wrote:

> Yes, this is what I do. In fact the example which Chris picked out was
> done by me a few years ago when I cycled through the area. I’ve tagged
> quite a few bridges like this in Kent. You’ll also notice that I’ve
> included the operator, operator’s phone number, bridge name, etc. on the
> relation too when they’re included on the sign.****
>
> ** **
>
> Railway structure numbers seem to have a letter portion, which denotes the
> line, and a sequential numeric portion. Occasionally there are places where
> an extra bridge has been added and these have a letter suffix, just like
> extra motorway junctions.****
>
> ** **
>
> Cheers,****
>
> ** **
>
> Gregory****
>
> ** **
>
> *From:* Chris Hill [mailto:osm at raggedred.net]
> *Sent:* 09 April 2013 14:55
> *To:* Andy Mabbett; talk-gb at openstreetmap.org
> *Subject:* Re: [Talk-GB] Railway bridge numbers****
>
> ** **
>
> Some railway bridges near me have already been added to a bridge relation,
> not by me, that includes the reference. See
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/relation/446579 as an example. I
> don't know if this a good idea or not, nor if the number is what you have
> in mind.
>
> Cheers, Chris
> OSM User chillly****
>
> Andy Mabbett <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk> 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:
>
> http://www.semgonline.com/structures/numbering.html
>
> 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
> traffic:
>
> http://www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/3563.aspx
>
> 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:
>
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/103233329
>
> which does not identify that number as being a NetworkRail reference
> (if indeed it is, being on a road overbridge maintained by the local
> authority).
>
> If we do not have something more specific, I'm happy to draft
> something for discussion.
>
> --
> Andy Mabbett
> @pigsonthewing
> http://pigsonthewing.org.uk****
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