OGF:Federal States/Railways

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This page collects information to enable the establishment of a nationwide rail transport system in the Federal States.

Please regard this page as a collection of ideas to start a discussion.

§ Important technical notes to users
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  • your contribution is realistic
  • your contribution improves the page
  • your contribution is visible on the map
  • please keep track of overwikification

General overview

Related forum discussions

Preferred tagging of railways

Railways in the Federal States are members of the International Railway Union and have to be mapped by using the tags

  • "railway"="station"
    • "name"=name of the station

related osm-wiki articles: Openstreetmap logo.svg Tagging in North America

General agreement/consensus


ArchRail is a major railroad passenger corporation that provides medium- and long-distance service. Additional regional passenger rail services also exist.

For more, see the section about long-distance passenger transport.

Current situation

Current situation in the US

related wikipedia articles: Tango style Wikipedia Icon.svg Rail transportation in the United States

Find currently mapped railways in the FS:

Quality assurance

Railway route relations

Proposal of route relations

§ Important technical notes to users
This is a concept in a very early stage proposed by: --Mstr (talk) 01:58, 31 May 2020 (CEST)

In order to make routes easily accessible for other railway companies (without changing the map) relations can be used to gather together all tracks on a route.

  • Such relations are tagged as type = route + route = tracks.
  • Relations include tracks from one "node" to another "node".
  • "Nodes" are points between junctions or state borders.
  • Names of nodes are unique consist of the state code (e.g. OK for Oakley) and 1 or 2 additional letters
  • In case of multiple tracks only north to south or east to west are assembled in a relation.
  • Relations end at state borders.
  • Only companies of states which use such relations are able to operate in other states?


Railway routes in Oakley MER-refresh.png
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13-21 OKBA-OKRG OGFmapicon.png map
13-22 OKBA-OKRF OGFmapicon.png map
13-23 OKBC-OKBA OGFmapicon.png map
13-12 OKBB-OKBA OGFmapicon.png map
13-02 OKA-OKRD OGFmapicon.png map
13-01 OKRB-OKA OGFmapicon.png map
13-03 OKRA-OKF OGFmapicon.png map
13-04 OKF-OKRC OGFmapicon.png map
13-13 OKF-OKBB OGFmapicon.png map
13-11 OKBB-OKRC OGFmapicon.png map
13-14 OKBB-OKBC OGFmapicon.png map
13-24 OKHD-OKBC OGFmapicon.png map
13 Railway tracks in Oakley OGFmapicon.png map
Railway nodes in Oakley MER-refresh.png
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OKRF ~ OGFmapicon.png map
OKF ~ OGFmapicon.png map
OKRC ~ OGFmapicon.png map
OKRA ~ OGFmapicon.png map
OKRD ~ OGFmapicon.png map
OKRB ~ OGFmapicon.png map
OKHD ~ OGFmapicon.png map
OKRG ~ OGFmapicon.png map
OKBA ~ OGFmapicon.png map
OKA Ann'harbor Central OGFmapicon.png map
OKBB ~ OGFmapicon.png map
OKBC Hallsborough Yard OGFmapicon.png map

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Freight transport

Current situation in the US

related wikipedia articles: Tango style Wikipedia Icon.svg Rail freight transport, Tango style Wikipedia Icon.svg Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Tango style Wikipedia Icon.svg Union Pacific , Tango style Wikipedia Icon.svg CSX Transportation, Tango style Wikipedia Icon.svg Norfolk Southern

Class 1 railway lines in the US
BNSF lines

UP lines

CSX lines

NS lines

Intermodal train terminals

Current situation

Find currently mapped freight railways in the FS:

Quality assurance

Freight corridors

State mappers are encouraged to coordinate with neighboring states and other regional states to assemble freight rail corridors. While these corridors are being assembled, they should be listed in the Freight Corridor Workspace section of Talk:OGF:Federal States/Railways. In the future, these corridors will be consolidated and assembled into national freight railroad companies.

To decide about reasonable freight corridors it is important to know where freight have to be transported. Mapped industry and harbors can be easily found by using overpass queries:

Questions (to be answered in a multimap)

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Technical details

Great Eastern and Stanton Folkstone Railway double-stack container train

Freight rail companies

Companies are only required to tag the operator correctly. Therefore, companies in the following are just a "collection", nothing is fixed so far:

>> railway with Ewa and Forintia Railroad as operator
>> railway with GESF as operator
>> sidings with GESF as operator

Passenger transport

Apart from some single trains (on freight tracks) there is no dense nationwide passenger rail transport network in the Federal States.

Commuter rails

There are numerous commuter traffic networks, in large cities and metropolitan areas. No detailed discussion about that since they are not relevant on this page (since they are only related to one state and/or neighbors)!

Long-distance passenger transport

Long-distance passenger trains run on freight tracks, so collaboration can be focused on defining national standards:

  • length of trains? (to map the platform length) OSM: 210 - 250 m Washington Union, New Haven Union; 300 m Boston South; 355 m Philadelphia 30th Street, New York Penn' (histor)
Current situation in the US

related wikipedia articles: Tango style Wikipedia Icon.svg Amtrak

Amtrak lines, please keep in mind that some connections only run once a week!

Find currently mapped ArchRail lines:

Quality assurance

High-speed line at the East Coast?

related wikipedia articles: Tango style Wikipedia Icon.svg Acela Express