WikiProject Belgium/Conventions/Railways

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Railways

Tracks and lines

A Belgian "railroad line" (une ligne, een spoorlijn) exists mostly out of two rail tracks next to each other, like a street driven in two directions (For experts: VNS/CVT-sens/rijzin). Exceptions are:

  • a line with only a single track, being run in two directions as needed (but prefarably not synchronous:-). E.g. line 15 towards Turnhout at some places.
  • two or more lines close/next to each other. E.g. L25 and L27 between Brussels and Antwerp, L36 and L36N nestled into each other between Leuven and Brussels.

To correctly enter or correct railroad data, it was proposed:

  • to use entering the railway=rail for each line, be it with single or double track, indicating that number (1|2) using the lanes tag. It's useless to draw two "ways" for a single double-track railroad line.
  • to nevertheless draw two ways next to each other where there are two lines next to each other and intersect them on bifurcations (the intersection of two railroad lines, so by definition...). It would be interesting to name the intersecting node to the bifurcation, as indicated in the table WikiProject_Belgium/Railways, as "Y.<name>". The "Y" is obligatory.
  • to not use a detailed schema for complex station grids, but make sure the different possibilities "Lxx to Lyy" are in the drawing. Meaning (!) a train route planner using OSM maps knows what lines he will encounter between station X and halt Y!
  • to never use the "oneway" tag on railroads. There are oneway railroads (eg. between Berchem and Boechout), but that's a bridge too far, folks. (experts would require SSP/PSS plans for that and they're not public.)

Do not use a . in the name of the line. The convention is "L25" and not "L.25".

When on a four track group of lines - and this is the case on L36/L36N between Leuven and Brussels - the two inner tracks are another line than the two outer ones, I propose to nevertheless draw them next to each other, nicely parallel as prescribed in the "How to draw a motorway" page.

Important remark: if two lines go through the same station, it is vital to enter the node railway=halt_or_station on a clear node somewhere in the middle of the group because we cannot put this node on all lines passing by.

Tagging example:

Tags Description

railway=rail

A railway track.

Stations

Since all Belgian railroad stops have platforms (perrons/des quais) and trains never stop on demand, the English definition is not applicable. We propose (see the talk page why) to use:

  • "station" for all stops where Infrabel or NMBS personnel is present, possibly to sell tickets OR where there is still a building used as a waiting hall (without (permanent) personnel presence). Normally these buildings are closed between evening and morning.
  • "halt" for all other stops (just platforms and waiting cabins).
  • "name" to be obligatory (verplicht) and following only the white text on the blue panels at that halt or station. You can find all Belgian stops here. Please observe language rules.

Level crossings

Under consideration in the Talk page.

Metro

In Belgium, a metro system can only be found in Brussels.

Tracks

Tagging example:

Tags Description

railway=subway

A metro line which isn't underground.

railway=subway
tunnel=yes
layer=-1

A metro tunnel. Change the layer according to the situation.

Halts

Tagging example:

Tags Description

railway=halt
name=De Broukère

A metro station in Brussels.

Trams

Tracks

Tagging example:

Tags Description

railway=tram

A tram line.

Halts

Tagging example:

Tags Description

railway=tram_stop
name=Museum

A tram halt in Antwerp.

Premetro

In some cities (part of) the underground tracks didn't become a separate metro network, and these tunnels have trams running through them. This means that premetro tunnels will get tagged like tram tunnels.

A premetro can be found in Antwerp, Brussels and Charleroi.

Tracks

Tagging example:

Tags Description

railway=tram
tunnel=yes
layer=-1

A premetro tunnel. Change the layer according to the situation.

Halts

Tagging example:

Tags Description

railway=tram_stop
name=Rogier

A premetro halt in Brussels.