North Australia Railway (NAR) and Alice Springs to Darwin railway map with OSM links and Google Earth KML file

 
  ShaneB Locomotive Fireman

Good afternoon,
  A lot of people have asked about the old narrow gauge North Australia Railway (NAR) from Darwin to Birdum and how that relates to the newer Adelaide Darwin standard gauge route so o I have created a map of roughly of all Northern Territory routes and this is available via this Google Map and can be downloaded into Google Earth via the download button at the top.

  The data is actually from OpenStreetMap (OSM) which means, if you know of an error or omission then feel free to update the base OSM map. The NAR OSM relationship is available here and the Ghan is here. The Ghan does not continue to the wharf.

  If you are editing, then please keep in mind that 99% of the NAR should be defined as "abandoned" and that you should only really map what is visible on the ground. Thus the rail-trail takes higher precedence than the NAR (sorry).

  I would be interested to hear what you think.

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  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

Thanks for sharing this ShaneB.

I had thought the old and new lines were close together almost right through, but I see that south of Katherine and north of Adelaide River they are quite a distance apart.
  lkernan Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Good afternoon,
  A lot of people have asked about the old narrow gauge North Australia Railway (NAR) from Darwin to Birdum and how that relates to the newer Adelaide Darwin standard gauge route so o I have created a map of roughly of all Northern Territory routes and this is available via this Google Map and can be downloaded into Google Earth via the download button at the top.

  The data is actually from OpenStreetMap (OSM) which means, if you know of an error or omission then feel free to update the base OSM map. The NAR OSM relationship is available here and the Ghan is here. The Ghan does not continue to the wharf.

  If you are editing, then please keep in mind that 99% of the NAR should be defined as "abandoned" and that you should only really map what is visible on the ground. Thus the rail-trail takes higher precedence than the NAR (sorry).

  I would be interested to hear what you think.
ShaneB

Worth looking at http://www.openrailwaymap.org too.
It shares the same underlying OSM data, but is tuned to show railways better.  

The standard OSM map won't show abandoned railways for example, so some people tag them incorrectly to force them appear.  It's much better to tag correctly and use ORM to view the data.
  ShaneB Locomotive Fireman

Thanks  @lkernan,
   I had forgotten about that excellent site. I do encourage you all to update OpenStreetMap where you find data missing but as lkernan, said, if it is not in use, preserved (e.g. Walhalla) or mothballed temporarily (Leigh Creek SA) , the railway is abandoned and stations should be marked as historic:railway=station no matter if the tracks exist or not.

 I was extremely guilty of this initially however it does make sense.

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