What's new – 16th October 2016

There is no doubt that, if I quit my day-job and work on OpenTrainTimes full time, I’ll still not be able to keep up with the number of emails coming in and requests for maps! Please don’t stop sending them in though – every one sent to support@opentraintimes.com is logged and queued so it’s not lost.

This fortnight has been particularly busy, and we have a brand new map to announce – Westbury! After many weeks of work, it’s now complete, covering Westbury to Castle Cary and Salisbury, joining up with the West of England map.

Other more significant map changes:

  • The Nottingham area map has been updated to include the newly resignalled route from Lowdham to Newark Flat Crossing
  • The Gourock area map now shows the minor changes which took place a couple of weeks ago, introducing some new signals and removing disused sidings

We’ve also made some changes to the schedule pages:

  • The miles and chains column, which was never being populated as the database behind this is immense, has now been removed
  • The slightly confusing ‘more…’ link at the top of the page has now been renamed "Technical information", but contains the same data
  • Where a train has called or passed a location, the platform number will be updated to show whether or not the train used the scheduled platform
  • When sharing a freight or engineering train schedule on social media, the link title is much cleaner

Other smaller fixes and changes:

  • There are more inter-map links active, which makes it easier to jump between adjacent maps
  • Some signals at Banbury were never displaying an aspect, which was down to missing code to actually wire them up!
  • Feniton station on the West of England map was missing a signal controlling movements toward Exeter, which has now been added along with two signals controlling movements toward Yeovil Junction
  • Some ground position lights on the Merseyrail Northern map have now been repositioned and the software problem which mis-positioned them fixed
  • CKB3 signal on the approach to Dorking has been renamed CBK4 as it is in reality
  • Routes at Effingham Junction and the surrounding areas are now shown
  • Some minor fixes at Woking – the route from 1204 signal has been fixed so it shows correctly a route toward 1209 signal, not toward 170 signal and some of the sidings which don’t exist are now removed
  • Pirbright Junction is now correctly shown as a flyover, not a diveunder, and trains between 194 and 190, and 396 and 392 signals now appear as two signals were missing
  • Preston now shows its station name rather than being left blank as an exercise in identifying stations

And that’s it. We’re busy working on the next maps – of the freight yards and sidings at Wembley, the newly re-signalled Bristol Parkway area and a couple of surprises!

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