Railways in the United Kingdom
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United Kingdom Railways is a project to map all the mainline railways in the United Kingdom. There are related projects to map the London Underground, United Kingdom trams, and independent and minor Railways.
Most railway lines are in.
Things still work checking and needing doing.
- Adding details of the number of trackes (tracks=1, track=2) etc or adding multiple parallel tracks
- Stations layout (platforms, passages, steps etc)
- Relations for Services
- Relations for historic lines
- Relations for Network Rail operating section
Railways are shown on most OpenStreetMap mapping layers alongside other information.
- Main article: United Kingdom railway stations
All currently operating UK mainline railway stations have been now mapped as nodes, according to a comparison of the list from Wikipedia. There is currently an effort to map the stations in more details, including the platforms and station buildings.
Please see Talk:United Kingdom railways for discussion over colour usage
Current operational train services (as distinct from historic services) should all be mapped as relations tagged as type=route and route=train. They should also be tagged as network=National Rail to specify the service is part of the National Rail network. This helps distinguish the more important services and aids sensible display by the OpenStreetBrowser renderer.
List of services
- South Western Railway
For SWR services, use "SW xx" as the ref where xx is the first 2 digits of the "headcode" in the timetable, still shown on the class 455 trains.
|SW 62 / SW 63||London Waterloo / Reading / Basingstoke||Salisbury / Yeovil Junction / Exeter St Davids||West of England Line services, SW 62 for fast services between Basingstoke & Salisbury, SW 63 for slow services|
|SW 91 / SW 92 / SW 94||London Waterloo / Basingstoke / Winchester||Southampton / Bournemouth / Poole / Weymouth||South West Main Line long-distance services, SW 91 for fast services between Southampton & Bournemouth, SW 92 for semi-fast and slow services, SW 94 for Southampton - Waterloo peak hour services|
|SW 84 / SW 92 / SW 93||London Waterloo / Winchester / Eastleigh||Portsmouth Harbour||Eastleigh - Fareham Line services, SW 84 on weekdays, SW 92 on Sundays (combined with Poole trains), SW 93 for twice-daily slow services combined with Basingstoke suburban services|
|SW 72 / SW 81 / SW 83||London Waterloo||Haslemere / Portsmouth & Southsea / Portsmouth Harbour||Portsmouth Direct Line services, SW 81 for fast services, SW 72 for weekday slow services to Portsmouth & Southsea, SW 83 for Sunday slow services to Portsmouth Harbour|
|SW 87 / SW 89||London Waterloo||London Waterloo||via Hounslow, SW 87 for anti-clockwise services, SW 89 for clockwise services|
|SW 58||London Waterloo||Windsor & Eton Riverside|
|SW 38||London Waterloo||Reading|
|SW 13||London Waterloo||Weybridge||via Virginia Water|
|SW 21 / SW 32||London Waterloo||London Waterloo||via Strawberry Hill, SW 21 for clockwise services, SW 32 for anti-clockwise services|
|SW 24 / SW 47||London Waterloo||Shepperton||SW 24 via Kingston, SW 47 via Richmond|
|SW 30||London Waterloo||Hampton Court|
|SW 10||London Waterloo||Woking||Monday - Saturday service (replaced with SW 75 on Sunday)|
|SW 64||London Waterloo||Basingstoke|
|SW 51||London Waterloo||Alton|
|SW 75||London Waterloo||Guildford||Sunday service, via Woking|
|SW 42||London Waterloo||Guildford||via Cobham & Stoke D'Abernon|
|SW 16||London Waterloo||Guildford||via Bookham|
|SW 17||London Waterloo||Dorking|
|non-London local services|
|SW 45||Salisbury||Romsey||via Southampton Central & Chandlers Ford|
|SW 97||Brockenhurst||Lymington Pier||Lymington Flyer|
|SW 75||Southampton Central||Portsmouth & Southsea||Stopping services - Fast services are provided by GWR Portsmouth - Cardiff route|
|SW 29||Guildford||Farnham||Ends at Farnham on Mon - Sat, Ascot on Sun|
See List of UK railway lines for names of railway lines.
New Lines (Proposed and Under Construction)
The data can come from GPS traces submitted to OpenStreetMap (try searching the traces page for train, railway or rail), or from NPE Maps or landsat imagery. When tracing from NPE/landsat, do not use copyright sources to figure out if the line is still there or not. Instead, either use local knowledge, or other compatible map sources such as the OS Opendata
Surveying by train
Trains known to permit GPS reception
Unless otherwise specified, you'll need your GPS to be by the window on these trains to get a good lock.
- Turbostars (170/168), Turbos (165/166), Sprinters (15x), Pacers (14x) - used on non-electrified regional routes.
- Wessex Electrics (442)
- Slamdoor electric
- High Speed Train ('InterCity 125', 43)
- Great Western Adelante (180)
- 'Southern' electric units (377)
- DLR trains - NaviGPS users need to stand by the door, with the GPS horizontal, just above the bottom of the window
- Underground trains (tested on sub-surface and tube) - only when they can see the sky though!
- Caledonian Sleeper and other Mk2/Mk3 hauled stock
- First Capital Connect
- One Railway
- 'InterCity 225', BR Mark 4 carriages
- Scotrail 'Sprinter' - depending on GPS unit (156/158).
- SWR class 444
Trains known not to permit GPS reception
- Virgin Voyager (220/221)
- MML Meridians (222)
- derived from Voyagers, similar problems. MML still run HSTs as well, use these.
- Virgin Pendolino (390) - rumoured that the vestibule windows may be ok
- South West Trains 'Desiro' (444/450) - seats at some windows are ok (seemingly away from toilets, etc).
- Eurotunnel enclosed shuttle trains, though freight shuttles may work outside the tunnel.
- List of London Underground stations
- Railway stations in the United Kingdom
- Minor Railways in the United Kingdom
- Railway lines in the United Kingdom
-  This website provides the headcode used in the early 00s, but some of them have changed - use the content of the headcode field in the most recent timetable data