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I am new to this, and want to better represent one of my local train stations, South Milford. There are two platforms, offset from each other, and only the northern one (trains going eastwards) was marked, so I added the other platform. After I had added it I realise that the original platform was marked disconnected from the railway line, whereas I marked mine connected, that feels preferable, but is there any guidance about this? I've looked and cannot find any.

asked 02 Jan '18, 21:10

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Hi, John:

Platforms should't be connected to the railway. See the picture of this link: A Simple Railway Station

I also see that the South Milford station is duplicated. It should have only one node (or area, as you decide), and the two nodes on the railways should be tagged as railway=stop (or public_transport=stop_position) + name=South Milford.

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answered 02 Jan '18, 22:02

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The link to the simple railway station was really helpful, thank you, though my railway station is a lot simpler still; maybe that is a good thing. The two nodes were tagged as stations, and I amended these to be stops, as per the guide you referred to, and have added a new "station" POI.

(04 Jan '18, 20:42) John1721

The railway way, like highway ways, represents the centreline of the railway. By joining one edge of the platform to the railway way, you're effectively saying that the platform extends out to the centreline of the railway, which is obviously not correct (this would be very problematic for trains!). You should map the platform to cover only the actual platform area.

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answered 02 Jan '18, 21:57

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