Real-time maps

One of the things I’ve been working quite hard on over the past week is representing the position of a train on a map, and I’ve finally had success.

I have several ideas up my sleeve, but I’ve started with the simplest – replicating the signalling system and overlaying train identities on parts of the track. And here’s the result – click the image for a larger version:

This is still very much in-development, inefficient and not scalable – all the best ideas start off like that!

And in answer to the question on everybody’s lips – “when?” – well, just as soon as Network Rail finish off their Open Data platform and I can move this in to Open Train Times properly!

As always, do email me – peter.hicks@poggs.co.uk – with all your comments. They brighten up an otherwise unexciting journey on an 450HC 🙂

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