frequently asked questions concerning the railway maps
- Why are some tramway networks included on the maps and some not?
Only interurban tramways that can be considered as links between cities are
included. Urban tramwys are not. That is why the coastal tramway in Belgium is
shown. Also, for example in germany some tramway network are
operated according to EBO (railways) and not BOStrab (tramways).
- Why are some station's names not complete?
On the general map of a country, the black points are not stations but
towns, so only one town name is shown. This is to avoid to overload the map. On the enlargements, the black points represent stations, so the name is there, if possible, complete.
- How are the maps developed?
Boris draws the maps in a pixel-orientated software based on screenshots
manually. Books, paper maps and other railfan advices are used for reference.
- Why are some lines with catenary are shown as non-electrified?
Because we consider a line as electrified only if it is used by electric
trains. If only diesel traffic rides the line, it is considered as non-electrified (in most cases, the catenary on those lines are no more alive)
- Why are parallel lines missing sometimes?
If two or more lines with the same status (electrified / non-electrified, passenger or freight) are close and parallel to each other, only one line is drawn to keep clarity.
- Why are freight-yards missing?
Freight-yards are not included.
- Why metro lines are not represented?
Urban metro networks are not included on the maps.
- Which lines are classified as "projected" or "under construction"?
A line isn't considered as "under construction" before the laying of
the first rails. From this reason some lines officially under construction are
shown as "projected" only.