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WikiProject Trains (Rated C-class, High-importance)
WikiProject iconThis template is within the scope of WikiProject Trains, an attempt to build a comprehensive and detailed guide to rail transport on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, you can visit the project page, where you can join the project and/or contribute to the discussion. See also: WikiProject Trains to do list
C-Class article C  This template does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
 High  This template has been rated as High-importance on the project's importance scale.
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Three rail tracks 350.jpg The Trains WikiProject
General information
Main project page (WP:TWP)  talk
Portal (P:Trains) talk
Project navigation bar talk
Freenode IRC: #wikipedia-trains-en.
Project participants talk
Project banner (doc) {{TWP}} talk
Project category talk
Manual of style (WP:TWP/MOS) talk
Welcome message talk
Assessments (WP:TWP/A) talk
Peer review (WP:TWP/PR) talk
To do list talk
Daily new article search search criteria talk
Task forces
Article maintenance talk
Assessment backlog elim. drive talk
By country series talk
Categories talk
Images talk
Locomotives talk
Maps talk
Models talk
Rail transport in Germany talk
Monorails talk
Operations talk
Passenger trains talk
Portal talk
Rail transport modelling talk
Timelines talk


The {{WikiProject Trains}} project banner template should be added (not subst:ed) to the talk page of every article within the scope of the project. While the template does not require any additional parameters, it has a number of optional ones that add various extra features to the banner. The full syntax is as follows:

{{WikiProject Trains
| small               =
| class               =
| importance          =
| portaldykdate       =
| portalSAweek        =
| portalSIweek        =
| unref               =
| refimprove          = 
| pr                  =
| oldpr               =
| stations            =
| streetcars          =
| streetcars-importance =
| subway              =
| subway-importance   =
| NYPT                =
| NYPT-importance     =
| Japan               =
| UK                  =
| UK-importance       =
| UKTrams             =
| UKTrams-importance  =
| Scotland            =
| Scotland-importance =
| NZR                 =
| NZR-importance      =
| WashingtonMetro     =
| Underground         =
| LUL-importance      =
| SovMetro            =
| Thomas              =
| Thomas-importance   = 
| Jamaica             =
| Jamaica-importance  =
| DE                  =
| DE-importance       =
| India               =
| India-importance    =
| bycountry           =
| images              =
| locos               =
| maint               =
| maps                =
| model               =
| monorail            =
| operations          =
| passenger           =
| portal              =
| timelines           =
| mapneeded           =
| Mapdetails          =
| imageneeded         =
| Imagedetails        =
| infoboxneeded       =
| listas              =

It is important that the capitalisation shown above be used. For example, using |Streetcars=yes by mistake for |streetcars=yes will fail to place the article within WikiProject Streetcars; similarly, using |underground=yes instead of |Underground=yes will not add the article to WikiProject London Transport.

Template display formatting parameters:

  • small - show the normal or reduced size template; shows the reduced size template if small=yes.
  • listas – This parameter, which is the equivalent of the DEFAULTSORT sortkey that should be placed on all biographical articles, is a sortkey for the article talk page (e.g. for Richard Trevithick, |listas=Trevithick, Richard, so that the talk page will show up in the T's and not the R's of the various assessment and administrative categories). This is important because it is one source used by those who set DEFAULTSORT on the article; consider also setting the DEFAULTSORT for the article when setting this parameter. For more information about this, please see Wikipedia:Categorization of people#Ordering names in a category.
    It is not required if an earlier WikiProject template on the same page has its own |listas= set.

Article assessment parameters:

  • class:

An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject Trains}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Trains|class=???}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter to describe the quality of the article (see Wikipedia:Quality scale for assessment criteria):

FA (for featured articles only; adds articles to Category:FA-Class rail transport articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class rail transport articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class rail transport articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class rail transport articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class rail transport articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class rail transport articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class rail transport articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class rail transport articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class rail transport articles)  List 

For pages that are not articles, the following values can also be used for the class parameter:

Book (for Wikipedia books; adds pages to Category:Book-Class rail transport articles) Wikipedia Book Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class rail transport articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class rail transport articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class rail transport articles)  Draft 
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class rail transport articles)  File 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class rail transport articles) Redirect page Redirect 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class rail transport articles)  Portal 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class rail transport articles)  Project 
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class rail transport articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class rail transport articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed rail transport articles)  ??? 
  • importance:

An article's importance assessment is generated from the importance parameter in the {{WikiProject Trains}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Trains|importance=???}}

The following values may be used for the importance parameter to describe the relative importance of the article within the project:

Top (adds articles to Category:Top-importance rail transport articles)  Top 
High (adds articles to Category:High-importance rail transport articles)  High 
Mid (adds articles to Category:Mid-importance rail transport articles)  Mid 
Low (adds articles to Category:Low-importance rail transport articles)  Low 
NA (adds articles to Category:NA-importance rail transport articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid importance rating has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unknown-importance rail transport articles)  ??? 

The importance parameter should be assigned according to the importance scale below.

Portal appearance parameters:

  • portaldykdate - the date when a fact from the associated article appeared in the "Did you know" section of Portal:Trains.
  • portalSAweek - the week number and year when the article appeared in the "Selected article" section
  • portalSIweek - the week number and year when the image appeared in the "Selected picture" section

Project work parameters (set them to "yes" to include them):

Subproject maintenance parameters (set them to "yes" to include them; note that these are not mutually exclusive):

Task force maintenance parameters (set them to "yes" to include them):

Miscellaneous maintenance parameters (set them to "yes" to include them):

To avoid needlessly cluttering up talk pages, it is usually appropriate to remove any unused parameters from the template.


  • The parameter |Subway= is recognised as an alias for |subway=. If both |subway= and |Subway= are present, there may be unexpected results.
  • The parameter |Subway-importance= is recognised as an alias for |subway-importance=. If both |subway-importance= and |Subway-importance= are present, |Subway-importance= is ignored.