Texas/Railroads

From OpenStreetMap Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Kudos to the wikipedia.org page which does a much better job of text descriptions, yet doesn't link to relevant data relations in OSM (via BrowseRelation wiki entries), as many OSM wiki readers have become familiar with. You might choose the text-oriented wikipedia.org page now and that'd be good, however, if you need the OSM data we are building links into tables and that will take some time and effort into the future. An Overpass Turbo link might prove useful, try this for passenger train routes. So, see List of Texas railroads if text descriptions are "good enough for now." We could use something like that for OSM specific data, even if it is simply links in wikipedia.org pages like the one ref'd above.

Like highways, railroad tracks have been imported from TIGER data and they share the same problems like unconnected segments, wrong tagging, missing bridges and railroad crossings and positions that are frequently off quite a lot. So a review is necessary as it is for highways.

Do we need to renew an API license or something? Andy, am I making a slippymap call I'm not allowed to do right now? Thanks for the tiles, I want to do the right thing.

Introduction

This is a very early seed of Texas/Railroads currently under construction. Please bear with OSM as it completes. Passenger rail was given priority and seems now moderately well-documented at what needs doing to grow these relations to v2. Now the focus should be on mainline, branch and freight/industrial rail of the major (Class I) rail carriers in Texas: there is a significant amount of work required to improve these TIGER rail data already entered, and documenting in this wiki how we must and do improve them.

Editing Railroads starting from TIGER data

Please read WikiProject_United_States_railways#Editing_Railroads_starting_from_TIGER_data. The segments of a railway line with similar tagging (especially name=* and usage=*) should be collected into a route=railway relation. Overpass Turbo (OT) queries can be useful by limiting their bounds to easily-definable names (like "Texas") and are easy to modify (e.g. change the value "disused" to "abandoned" or "Union Pacific" to "BNSF"). A few OT examples are sprinkled into this wiki where sensible.

Active lines

Lines that see regular rail traffic whether freight, passenger, industrial, whatever. If they are active, they go here. If they are not, they are placed into the Disused or Abandoned sections below. Passenger rail has sections of their own.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF)

Main

A Class I major railroad in the USA. An early table stub. Here is an OT query, but it will match only BNSF railway with the exact value for its operator key of "BNSF."

Subdivision Operator Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Fort Worth Subdivision BNSF relation 1458513 Gainesville - Fort Worth - Cleburne - Temple Fully TIGER Reviewed
Lampasas Subdivision BNSF relation 7461205 Sweetwater - Coleman - Lampasas - Temple Fully TIGER Reviewed
Red Rock Subdivision BNSF relation 1451445 Gainesville - Oklahoma Line - Ardmore, Oklahoma - Norman, Oklahoma - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Arkansas City, Oklahoma Partially TIGER Reviewed Seems to need more bridge=yes layer=1 tags on short (often two-node) rail segments of creek/river/water crossings

Branch

Here is an OT query to find usage=branch rail in Texas.

Industrial

Union Pacific Railroad (UP)

Main

A Class I major railroad in the USA.

Branch

Industrial

Short Lines

Often Class III (minor) USA railroads.

Branch

Subdivision Operator Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
South Orient Rail Line Grupo México relation 8759379 San Angelo Jct. (SE of Coleman) at Lampasas Subdivision - Ballinger - San Angelo - Fort Stockton - Alpine (Sanderson and Valentine Subdivisions) Fully TIGER Reviewed Believed to haul copper ore to México; please correct if wrong

Industrial

Passenger trains

Tracks and stations used for passenger train routes are correctly collected into route=train relations.

Amtrak passenger=national and passenger=regional trains serving Texas (AMTK)

Amtrak operates most passenger=regional (medium-distance: often interstate, sometimes intrastate) trains and all passenger=national (long distance, interstate), overnight, highspeed=yes and passenger=international trains. All Amtrak trains in Texas are believed in this table. Please correct and/or update any errors.

Route Trains Service Relation Status
Heartland Flyer® 821, 822 regional relation 4743154 Complete; public_transport v1. 206 miles (332 km). Needs better platforms to get to v2.
Sunset Limited® 1, 2 national relation 297142 Complete; public_transport v1. 1995 miles (New Orleans - San Antonio - Los Angeles). Between San Antonio and Los Angeles, uses same track (route) and stations as Texas Eagle.
Texas Eagle® 21, 22, 421, 422 national relation 2795760 Complete; rough public_transport v1. 2728 miles (Chicago - San Antonio - Los Angeles). Tracks around Saint Louis are estimated.

Regional (passenger=regional) trains (future Texas Central Railway?)

Presently, no "regional rail" exists in Texas (middle-distances of 150 km to 1000 km; shorter than passenger=national rail but longer than passenger=suburban "commuter" trains, passenger=urban light-rail and passenger=local trams). Sometimes called "intercity." There are plans for a highspeed=yes passenger=regional rail service between Dallas and Houston, known as w:Texas_Central_Railway. The company has indicated that service on the line could start as early as 2020, however, little is known beyond broad generalizations from the Wikipedia entry.

Suburban commuter rail

Texas has numerous rail systems serving suburban, urban and local passengers via full-sized "heavy rail" (commuter) trains, light rail and trams.

DCTA (Denton County Transportation Authority, Texas) passenger=suburban trains (DCTA?)

Is DCTA a reporting mark, convenient local acronym or both?

A-Train

Denton to Trinity Mills, where it connects to DART (Dallas) Green Line light rail.

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
A-Train Train Train #s relation 2716905 Needs a type=route_master relation and other improvements to become v2. Set to be green (yes) as it appears to be v1, but only "partial" (yellow) w.r.t. v2. Shouldn't be a huge effort to improve this to fully v2.

Capital Metro, Austin's passenger=suburban rail trains

CapMetro's commuter rail service between Downtown Austin and north to Leander via Howard Station / Wells Branch.

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
Red Line Train 550 relation 90283 A skeletal v1 now (and tracks need better/consistent naming), shouldn't be too difficult to improve to full v1, then v2 with route_master.

TEX Rail passenger=suburban trains

TEXRail is a new 27-mile commuter rail line that will extend from downtown Fort Worth, across northeast Tarrant County, through North Richland Hills and Grapevine, and into DFW International Airport’s Terminal B. Planned to begin revenue service at nine stations during the first week of 2019, projections are to serve more than 8,000 daily riders.

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
TEX Rail Train Train # relation 6762508 Under construction in the real world. Add a route=train tag when this opens for revenue service. Claims to be v2, though there is no parent route_master relation, so needs work to be fully v2. May be a v1 now.

DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) Trinity Rail Express passenger=suburban trains (TRE)

Service Line Route Trains Master Relation Status
Union <-> T&P via Centreport Train Train # relation 2716975 v2, but could use better naming of stop_positions and platforms, together with train=yes tags.

Urban and local trains

DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) passenger=urban light rail trains

Service Line Route Trains Master Relation Status
Red Line Light Rail Train # relation 6265610 Claims to be v2, is it? Stop_positions could use name and platforms need name and light_rail=yes tags. Then needs to be double-checked for full v2 compatibility/compliance.
Orange Line Light Rail Train # relation 6265702 Claims to be v2, is it? Stop_positions could use name and platforms need name and light_rail=yes tags. Then needs to be double-checked for full v2 compatibility/compliance.
Blue Line Light Rail Train # relation 6265609 Claims to be v2, is it? Stop_positions could use name and platforms need name and light_rail=yes tags. Then needs to be double-checked for full v2 compatibility/compliance.
Green Line Light Rail Train # relation 6264663 This is a v1 relation and has a correspondence with A-Train at Trinity Mills to continue north to Denton

DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) passenger=local trams

Two trams are known in the DART network, M-Line (also known as McKinney Avenue Trolley), from Cityplace/Uptown to Federal & Olive and Dallas Streetcar, from Union station to Bishop Arts Station.

Service Line Route Trains Master Relation Status
Dallas Streetcar Tram 620 relation 6265792 Claims to be v2, is it? Stop_positions could use name and platforms need name and tram=yes tags. Then needs to be double-checked for full v2 compatibility/compliance.
M-Line Tram M-Line relation 2788830 Claims to be v2, is it? Stop_positions could use name and platforms need name and tram=yes tags. Then needs to be double-checked for full v2 compatibility/compliance.

Galveston Island Trolley passenger=local trams

Galveston's tram service was suspended due to major damage by Hurricane Ike, though is expected to reopen in 2019 with 22 stations over 10.9 km (6.8 miles).

Service Line Route Trams Relation Status
Galveston Island Trolley Tram relation 8760596 This "deep freeze" relation of disused tram railway will likely seed the future existence of this system. Three restored trolley cars are intended to provide service.

METRO (Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County), Houston's passenger=urban trains

Houston has three light_rail lines, Red, Green and Purple. Even though these are largely street-running, especially in dense, Downtown areas which might prompt them to be tagged railway=tram, they are tagged railway=light_rail throughout.

Service Line Route Trains Relation Status
Red Line Light Rail 700 relation 1741729 A skeletal v1 now (and tracks need better/consistent naming), shouldn't be too difficult to improve to full v1, then v2 with route_master.
Green Line Light Rail 800 relation 2728566 A skeletal v1 now (and tracks need better/consistent naming), shouldn't be too difficult to improve to full v1, then v2 with route_master.
Purple Line Light Rail 900 relation 2728567 A skeletal v1 now (and tracks need better/consistent naming), shouldn't be too difficult to improve to full v1, then v2 with route_master.

Disused lines

Lines that don't have regular traffic but with all infrastructure in place. Tracks are tagged railway=disused.

This is an early, stubby table only just getting started. It needs much more population as there is a vast rail history in Texas. Very much under construction and only in its infancy here.

Here is an Overpass Turbo (OT) query which can be helpful.

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Unnamed MKT The single way is entered Gorman TIGER Review required An initial stub entry into the Disused table

Abandoned lines

Former railroad lines, whether still visible on the ground or not. A formal abandonment process with FRA has completed. Ways are tagged railway=abandoned or sometimes railway=razed if they have become completely built over in urban areas or are now, for example, farmland which has reverted to a more natural state with no evidence of tracks having been there. These should be historically determined or able to be so, but sometimes this is difficult because of lost history.

This is an early, stubby table only just getting started. It needs much more population as there is a vast rail history in Texas. Very much under construction and only in its infancy here.

Here is an Overpass Turbo (OT) query which can be helpful.

Name of Subdivision/Line and/or Operator (at abandonment) old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
San Antonio, Uvalde & Gulf MP The single way is entered Gardendale across I-35 Done An initial stub entry into the Abandoned table

Railtrails

A railtrail uses a former railroad right-of-way for e.g. bike or hiking paths, preserving the ROW for possible future re-use as a railway while providing a useful service in the meantime.

Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Empty Placeholder Unknown