[Talk-transit] Heritage Railways

Thomas Wood grand.edgemaster at gmail.com
Sun Jun 28 16:38:34 BST 2009

NaPTAN does include some of the heritage railways in the metro section
of the database, any missing points could be possibly filled from this

2009/6/28 Frankie Roberto <frankie at frankieroberto.com>:
> Hi all,
> I've spent some time this weekend going through the list of heritage
> railways:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_United_Kingdom_Railways/Independent_and_minor_railways
> and adding route relations to them. I'm about 50% of the way through so far.
> Some points/questions to the group:
> * I've been adding both the ways and the stations to the relation - the
> stations as role=stop.  Is this correct?
> * Am not sure whether the name should still be attached to the ways or not.
> On the one hand, it's a lot of duplication, and in some cases, the way might
> have a different name from the route (eg it might be a bridge, with its own
> name). On the other hand, having the name attached to the ways might be
> useful for renderers.
> * I've given all the routes the name of the railway (eg "The Bluebell
> Railway") rather than the end-to-end name that is common for mainline routes
> (eg "London-Brighton").
> * I've added the website address of the railway to the relation in a few
> cases (using url=).
> * There are a few cases where the actual track extends beyond the final
> station (eg used for turning the train around, or as an occasional link to
> the National Rail network). I haven't included these bits within the
> relation, on the presumption that they aren't part of the 'route' that
> passengers actually experience.
> * Is there any additional information that could be captured at a relation
> level? Wikipedia reference? Months of operation? Operator? (this is often
> the same as the name)
> Finally, if someone fancies doing a nice rendering of the UK clearly showing
> all of the heritage railway lines (perhaps with just terrain contours as a
> background), then I'll offer up to GBP 20 for a print of it... :-)
> Frankie
> --
> Frankie Roberto
> Experience Designer, Rattle
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Thomas Wood

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