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For a tabulated list of many of the pictograms available for railway routemaps, see Wikipedia:Route diagram template/Catalog of pictograms.
Other such lists need to be integrated into that catalog.

Route diagram templates simplify the writing of Wiki tables and provide a uniform layout for route-map infoboxes, mainly for railway lines but also for other modes of transport such as waterways. Each of these templates carries a row of square icons, of which there are more than 3000, with optional text, to draw a cross-page element of the route diagram. The icons represent features such as railway track  , railway stations  , bridges  , rivers  , tunnels  , junctions   and interchanges  .

LondonGreat Britain
Channel Tunnel
Baltic Sea
PyongyangNorth Korea
SeoulSouth Korea
Korea Strait

Structure of the map table[edit]

Obsoleted structure of standalone map

The format of the map is not obligatory but some of the syntax requires careful "programming" to avoid ruining the layout of the article which transcludes them. The following sections explain the function and usage of the templates.

Before the creation of {{BS-map}}, the construction of a stand-alone map required several templates:

as shown in the diagram to the right. This format is widely employed by many maps; however, new maps should use only the {{BS-map}} template for ease of editing by others.


The templates may be considered to be in two classes:

  1. General templates defining the product as a route map,
  2. Detailing templates carrying information row by row into the route map.

Standalone map container[edit]


BS-map is the encompassing template for the row templates, which are the arguments of the map= parameter. The BS-map template has other parameters that provide basic information and allow for expansion.

Parameter names Function
inline Disables title and collapsible function, remove floating, margin and border, widens template width to 100% for transcluding this template into other templates such as {{Infobox rail line}}. If the code of the diagram is not transcluded, but is contained within the code of the infobox,   should be added before {{BS-map}} to force proper table layout.
style Additional CSS syntax which defines the style of the whole box.
width Width of the whole box. Can be overridden by style entry. No default value because it will void the tw parameter in the BSn row template which is applied to override the text column width of BSn row collapsible section.
title Title of the map.
title-bg Background color of the title bar to indicate the livery color of the subject. But this is preferable not to be applied as per WP:COLOR and instead use {{colorbox}} or icon image next to the title text. White by default.
title-color Font color of title text. Black by default.
navbar Specify the template name if your map is written in a separated template page, it will include a mini bracketed {{Navbar}} in the title bar. Leave this parameter blank if you directly use this template in the article.
collapsible Allow the box collapsible or not. yes by default, no will void the "expand/collapse" button.
collapse Collapse state of the whole box. yes for collapsing, no by default.
legend Legend page link:
map BS row templates which comprise the diagram.
mapn n represents numbers 2 to 10. Additional map space. By separating maps into different map parameters, the column alignment of the maps will not affect each other. This is useful if you are displaying two maps where one uses the ordinary BSn row templates (single-side text columns) and the other one uses BSn-2 (dual-side text columns), as the different row templates are not compatible with each other.
n represents numbers 2 to 10. Optional title header for each map.
n represents numbers 2 to 10. Allows centering/centring each map; will be toggled on for any value.
n represents numbers 2 to 10. Allows changing the collapsibility of each map. no by default; yes will call the "expand/collapse" button. You must have something in the mapn-title; the mapn-collapsible alone cannot turn it on.
n represents numbers 2 to 10. Collapse state of the individual map. yes for collapsing, no by default.
bg Background color of the whole digram, including the text column in the row templates.
top Optional note above the map.
bottom Optional note below the map. Also a good place to include the {{Navbar}} if you do not want to display it in the title bar.
bottomstyle Optional CSS style for the note below the map, for example text-align:center;.
  • See the template documentation for more information.
  • If you are creating table from scratch rather than by using templates, the vertical bar | – which is heavily used in Wiki table syntax – must be replaced by {{!}}. For example, {| is coded as {{{!}}, and | as {{!}}-. Otherwise, the presence of the bar will corrupt the structure of the template and following article content. This is because when processing a template, the bar functions as a parameter separating entries, which overrides other functions.
  • When a visual separator is desired in text fields, the broken vertical bar ( ¦ ) can be substituted for a vertical bar. This character can be input directly from the keyboard using the sequence Alt+0166, or coded in HTML by ¦ or ¦.

Icon and text row templates[edit]

The real meat of designing the map. The number n after the template name BS (German abbreviation of Bahnstrecke for stretch of track) indicate how many horizontal icon grids available. Use these templates with icon images continuously on every new row to construct the map.

BSn row templates[edit]




The unnamed (sequential) parameters of {{BS}} are listed below. These parameters are lined up in the same order as the output will be displayed.

{{BS| Icon ID | Dist./Time | Text | Note 1 | Note 2 }}
1: Icon ID for what icon will be displayed in the icon column. For no icon to be shown leave blank.
2: Distance along track or traveling time from the starting point.
3: Text, name of station or other feature.
4: Note 1 - Written after Text with a leading space in smaller characters.
5: Note 2 - Written after Note 1 in the smaller characters but right-aligned. (This case can be used as another Dist./Time case).
  • When adding special styling in the text columns, be careful the equals sign = will generate unexpected result because it functions exclusively as part of the named parameter syntax in the template (as text columns apply unnamed parameters). This can be bypassed by replacing the equals sign with {{=}} as in the case with vertical bar.
 Text and note 2 on the same row 
Main text Note 2
Some very long note 2
 Moving note 2 to note 1 
Main textNote 1
Some very long note 2
 Applying float:right on note 1 
Main text
Note 1
Some very long note 2
  • Sometimes applying both main text and note 2 in the same row may cause the whole map to stretch too wide because there is some very long note 2 text in another row regardless whether the main text and note 1 cells of that row are applied or not. This can be fixed by moving the note 2 to note 1. If aligning to right is still highly desired, nest the note 1 text with <div style{{=}}"float:right"> & </div>.

BS row templates with a number shift the unnamed parameter order of text column to make way for extra icon grids sequentially:

{{BS2| Icon ID 1 | Icon ID 2 | Dist./Time | Text | Note 1 | Note 2 }}
{{BS3| Icon ID 1 | Icon ID 2 | Icon ID 3 | Dist./Time | Text | Note 1 | Note 2 }}


BSn row templates
Icons Text columns
km / min
0 / 0 AirportNorth terminal Bus interchange
Main tracks
1 / 1.5 AirportSouth terminal

All BS row templates have named (designated) parameters, providing advanced functions. Remember to distinguish between the uppercase and lowercase alphabets of the parameter name.

  • PX: size of the icon (e.g. PX=50px), 20px high (x20px) by default.
    • PX2, PX3, etc.: further definition of the width of the corresponding icon case. The parameter PX works as the global width or the individual width for the 1st icon.
    • Beware that PX parameters have no effect on the icons of other rows.
  • O1 (Oh one, not zero one), O12, O13, O14, O15: ID of an icon to overlay on the lower icon of the same grid, 5 layers in maximum. The greater number of the parameter indicates the upper layer which is over the smaller. See also overlay section for more about overlaying icons.
    • O2, O22, O23, O24, O25: ID of an icon to overlay on the icon of the 2nd icon grid.
    • On, On2, On3, On4, On5: ID of an icon to overlay on the icon of the nth icon grid, etc.
      • For rows of at least 11 icons ({{BS11}}, {{BS12}}, {{BS11-2}}, {{BS12-2}}, etc): Use two digits to reference the icon number. i.e. O01, O012, O013, O014, O015 for 1st icon, and O12, O122, O123, O124, O125 for 12th icon, etc.
  • L1, L2, L3, etc.: User-defined internal link for the icon image to override the default link to file description page of the icon.
  • bg: Use color name or HTML RGB hex code (with prefix #) as background to "highlight" or to emphasize certain sections, transparent by default
  • tw: Width of the text column. This is especially required for joining the icons cohesively when the text length in the "normal" BS row template text column is not wide enough to override the BS row collapsible sections.
Named parameters
{{BS|  (BHF)|PX=40px|bg=#ccccff|O1=  (CSTR)|O12=  (uSTRq)
|tw=500px|L1=Train station}}

Collapsible sections[edit]

Collapsible section
{{BS|  (KBHFa)|tw=400px}}
{{BS-startCollapsible|  (LSTR)|bg=#ccccff}}
{{BS|  (eBHF)|}}
{{BS|  (KBHFe)|}}

It is possible to make sections of BSn rows collapsible as if it were in a NavFrame. {{Railway line header}} and the table header template (eg: {{BS-header}}) are used as above. The collapsible section begins with a BSn-startCollapsible row template (lacking the parameters Note 1, Note 2 and tw), then include other "ordinary" BSn row templates which are set to be collapsible in the map, finally a table closing syntax {{!}}} to end the collapsible section.

Parameter definitions are as followed:

{{BS-startCollapsible| Icon ID | Dist./Time | Text }}
{{BS2-startCollapsible| Icon ID 1 | Icon ID 2 | Dist./Time | Text }}


Apart from the unnamed parameters, named parameters follow almost the same definitions as in basic BS templates. Parameters available include:

  • PX, PX2, etc.: define width of icons.
  • O1, O12, O13, etc.: allow overlay of icons.
  • L1, L2, etc.: define internal link when the icon is clicked.
  • bg, defines background colour of the whole collapsible section (instead of one row)

with the sole exception of tw.

If the map has a combined use of different BS# row templates, the editor should choose the startCollapsible template which provides the same icon grids quantity as the greatest BS# row template used in the map (e.g., use {{BS5-startCollapsible}} when {{BS5}} is the largest row template used in the map).

In the startCollapsible template the color parameter bg colors the background of the entire collapsible section rather than its effect in ordinary BSn row templates which is confined to a single row. This clearly distinguishes between the non-collapsible and expanded collapsible sections.

Start-Collapsible row replacement[edit]

Row 0
Row 0 Replaced
Row 1
Row 2
Row 3
Row 3 Replaced
Row 4
Row 5
{{BS-replace}} {{BS2-replace}} {{BS3-replace}} {{BS5-replace}}

BS-replace templates are supplementary to the BS-startCollapsible (BS-sc) row template that they replace, or more accurately, overlap over, the original BS-sc row template after expansion. The design aim is to make maps correct, both when collapsed and expanded. Because most maps use   (LUECKE) or   (CONTg) to indicate the section being collapsed, but these icons might not make sense when expanded. It works simply by placing the BS-replace (child) template under the BS-sc (parent) template to be replaced. The available parameters are same as the BS-sc templates. These templates are experimental and still require testing in various browsers. It might not work properly in IE7 or older browsers because they might shift BS-replace templates incorrectly after expansion.

Since BS-replace does not actually hide its parent BS-sc, if you have changed the background color of the BS-sc template with parameter bg, you should do the same for the child BS-replace template. If you want to hide the text in BS-sc (which is unnecessary in most case), you can use {{pad}} in the text cell of BS-replace and adjust the width that completely cover the text. Since the April 2013 update, if you want to cover the base icon with empty entry, you still need to use the   (leer) icon to fill in the BS-replace icon cell manually, otherwise the BS-sc icon will still show up after expansion.

BSn-2 row templates[edit]

BSn-2 row templates
Left text column Icons Right text columns
to City
to Town
Airport Express train
AirportNorth terminal Bus interchange
Main tracks
West terminalAirport
AirportSouth terminal

BSn-2 templates place text on both sides of the diagram, without the Distance/Time column, as opposed to the previously-introduced BSn row templates which only has text displayed to the right of the icon column(s). All named parameters of the BSn row templates are also applicable here. These templates should not be used with other "right-Text only" BSn row templates in the same diagram. An example is the demonstration at the top of this project page.

The unnamed parameters are:

{{BS-2| Icon ID | Left text | Right text | Left note | Right note 1 | Right note 2 }}
{{BSn-2| Icon ID 1 | | Icon ID n | Left text | Right text | Left note | Right note 1 | Right note 2 }}
n + 1
n + 2
n + 3
n + 4
n + 5

StartCollapsible and replacement templates for BSn-2[edit]

{{BS3-2sc}} {{BS6-2sc}}
{{BS3-2replace}} {{BS6-2replace}}

StartCollapsible and its replacement row templates are available for BSn-2 map experimentally. You may create more related template if the existing ones do not suffice. When using these templates, entries for new parameter tw-left (width of left text cell) are required. It should be applied at any conventional BSn-2 template outside of the collapsible section, every startcollapsible and replace (if any) templates with exact same value otherwise the icon cells will be unable to align themselves correctly.

Google Chrome cannot line up the BSn-2sc and BSn-2replace templates correctly.

BSn-2 SC and replace templates
West Terminal
East Terminal
Central Transfer
Cross-platform transfer
closed platform
to countryside
South Terminal

<pre.raw style="border:0px;overflow:auto;"> {{BS3-2|KBHFa||KBHFa|West Terminal|East Terminal|tw-left=150px|tw=140px}} {{BS3-2sc|STRlf|KBHFa|O2=KINTr|LUECKE|Central Transfer|tw-left=150px|bg=#ddf}} {{BS3-2replace|eKRWgl|exKRW+r|STR|tw-left=150px|bg=#ddf}} {{bs3-2|CPICl|xCPICma|eCPICr|Cross-platform transfer|closed platform}} {{bs3-2|KDSTe|STR|CONTf|Depot||||to countryside}} {{!}}} {{BS-2|KBHFe||South Terminal}}

Lining up BS row templates[edit]

Lining up BS row templates
 Example 1 
{{BS2|  (STR)|  (BHF)|}}
{{BS2|  (BHF)|  (STR)|}}
 Example 2 
{{BS|  (KBHFa)|}}
{{BS3|  (BHF)|  (BHF)|  (BHF)|}}
 Example 3 
{{BS4|  (BHF)|  (BHF)|  (BHF)|  (BHF)|}}
{{BS2|  (KBHFe)|  (KBHFe)|}}
 Example 4 
{{BS|  (BHF)|}}
{{BS2|  (BS2+l)|  (BS2c4)|O2=  (KBHFa)|}}
{{BS2|  (BS2l)|  (BS2r)|}}
{{BS|  (STR)|}}

Except for {{BS}} and {{BS-2}}, all BS# row templates will join the icons in the same row cohesively, unless separated by an empty entry. To join the icons vertically, just open the same new BS row template and continue. (Example 1)

Editor can also line up different BSn row templates, because their icon column is set to align to center. This is usually done by joining odd number row template by odd number row template, even number row template by even number row template, in order to omit the need of empty entry to stack up grid space. In examples 2 and 3, the only icon of {{BS}} joins the 2nd icon of {{BS3}} vertically; and the 2nd and 3rd icons of {{BS4}} join the 1st and 2nd icons of {{BS2}} respectively.

When joining odd and even number row templates (example 4), specialized icons such as   (BS2l) and   (BS2c3) (supplementary corner) are required to patch the seam smoothly, see branching icons catalog.

The same rules applies for BSn-2 templates, where the icon columns also align to center. However, mixing BSn and BSn-2 rows should be avoided because it will ruin the layout of the whole map.

Diagrams inside {{Infobox}} templates[edit]

If an editor wishes to place an RDT inside an {{Infobox}} instead of having it stand alone, it is recommended that the {{Infobox rdt}} template be used instead of direct transclusion in order to prevent the diagram from "breaking apart". A complete explanation is at Template:Infobox rdt/doc.

Text display templates[edit]

There are a number of templates that assist and simplify the display of text in route diagrams.





The {{Navbar}} template can be used to place view • talk • edit links in a route diagram that does not automatically insert them (for example, when formatted for use in an {{infobox}}). See Template:Navbar/doc for usage and options.


The |navbar= parameter of {{BS-map}} and the second parameter of {{BS-header}} perform the same function. These should be given the name of the RDT, omitting the Template: prefix.

{{BS2text}} {{BS3text}} {{BS4text}} … {{BS10text}}[edit]


{{BS3text|Alternate proposals|||''via''}}
{{BS3|exINT||exBHF||Route 1 {{!}} Route 2}}

Alternate proposals
Route 1 | Route 2

The {{BS#text}} template is used to place a centered row of text in the area where icons are normally displayed. In all cases, the last three fields are the same as regular BS# templates, providing for Text, Note 1 and Note 2 (but no Dist./Time column).



Opening ''ca.'' 2020 ↓


Opening ca. 2020 ↓


The {{BS-colspan}} template is used to place text across the entire width of the table. All standard formatting can be used.


{{Stnlnk|Junction}} or {{rws|Junction}}
Junction (links to [[Junction railway station]])

Stnlnk (shortcut: {{rws}}) expands its parameter to link to the appropriate railway station article, without displaying the text "railway station". It is generally preferred to use the station, unless there is a specific reason to link to the place itself.

Similar templates[edit]

A number of other templates provide the same function for specific systems:


Template: BScvt
Result: Input:
0 mi 
0 km 
150 m 
164 yd 
100.0 mi 
160.9 km 

This template displays a distance as two lines of text in a text field. The default input is miles, and the template calculates the kilometre equivalent.

  • Inserting the optional second parameter (any character) reverses the units.
  • Decimal values are supported.
  • The template automatically adds the units "mi" and "km" after the values.
  • Yards, chains and metres are also supported.

The text is right-aligned, but can be changed to left- by applying the parameter "align=left".


Result:  Input:
opened 1900
closed 1969
{{BSsplit|opened 1900|closed 1969}}
9 am–3 pm
{{BSsplit|open|9 am–3 pm|align=left}}
Zone A
{{BSsplit|Zone A|free-fare||it|line=yes}}
{{BSsplit|Railway|junction|Junction (rail)}}

Note: Text in the Time/Dist. column is normally right-aligned.

BSsplit displays two lines of text in a single table row. The template also adjusts the text size so that it will not cause spaces to appear between the rows of icons. The text will inherit the alignment of the parent cell, but can be overridden by applying the parameter "align=left" or "align=right". A shared wikilink for both lines may be provided with "L=" or as the third parameter. Note that the square brackets ( [[ and ]] ) are not used with this template. The dividing line can be shown using "line=anything".


{{BSto|Line Name|to Destination}}
Line Name
to Destination
{{BSto|Other Route|to Somewhere Else|align=right}}
Other Route
to Somewhere Else
{{BSto|Station|for Nearby Town|it=off}}
for Nearby Town
{{BSto|Continuing line|to Terminus|it=all}}
Continuing line
to Terminus

The BSto template is intended for labeling connecting routes or adding other secondary information, as the second line is smaller and italicized. It also lacks a separating line. The optional align parameter will left- or right-justify text; if omitted it will default to “inherit”. The optional it parameter controls italicization.

  • Do not use BSsplit and BSto inside the {{BS-collapsible}} row template. Due to their table-based design they will absorb the entire collapsible section and become completely invisible.


{{RouteBox|Circle line|Circle line (London Underground)
|#{{LUL color|Circle}}|#{{LUL color|Piccadilly}}}}
Note that the command is split into two lines because of space constraints.
 Circle line 

The {{RouteBox}} (shortcut:{{rbox}}) template displays a borderless box with colorable wikilinked text, suitable for displaying a route or line name in its own color.


{{RoutemapRoute|Licon=U|Ricon=D|Red line|Blue line|enclosed=no}}
{{RoutemapRoute|Commuter|Rapid transit}}
 Red line – Blue line 
( Commuter – Rapid transit )

The {{RoutemapRoute}} (shortcut: {{rmr}}) template can be used to indicate routes and connecting lines. It places directional arrow(s) and one or two text fields in a map row, optionally enclosed by parentheses. A complete explanation is at Template:RoutemapRoute/doc.

Icon display templates[edit]

These templates display often-used icons in route diagrams.


A single arrowhead can be displayed using the {{RoutemapRouteIcon}} (shortcut: {{rmri}}) template.


Mainline rail interchange Generic modal icon
BSicon CLRV.svg  501  City-specific icon with links and optional colour change

The {{Rail-interchange}} (shortcut:{{rint}}) template is used to indicate types of connections. It places the appropriate icon (in some cases with a link) in a map row. Some cities have additional arguments for individual services, and sometimes options for modifying the display. A complete list of icons is at Template:Rail-interchange/doc.


ArkadelphiaDodgerBlue flag waving.svg

The {{BSflag}} template displays a colored flag to indicate a “flag” or request stop, and links to [[request stop]].


Chalk Farm
South Kentish Town
enlarge… Camden Town
Mornington Crescent

The {{Enlarge}} template displays a magnifying glass icon that links to another RDT to illustrate a small area in greater detail.

{{UK road}}[edit]

Code Result Links to
{{UK road|A1}} UK road A1.PNG [[A1 road (Great Britain)]]
{{UK road|B1000}}  B1000  [[B roads in Zone 1 of the Great Britain numbering scheme]]
{{UK road|M10}} UK-Motorway-M10.svg [[M10 motorway (Great Britain)]]

This template displays a small icon with an appropriate link for A and B roads and Motorways in Great Britain.


Basic route diagram template using BSn only[edit]

Eurostar route map
km hour
0 St. Pancras International Underground no-text.svg 0:00
Stratford International DLR no-text roundel.svg(opening 2010)
37 Ebbsfleet International 0:15
Fawkham Junction ( Chatham Main Line )
90 Ashford International 0:30
GB-FR border (Channel Tunnel across Strait of Dover)
Calais-Fréthun 0:54
Lille-Europe 1:20
France-Belgium border
Bruxelles Midi/Brussel-Zuid 1:51
492 Paris Gare du Nord 2:15
Marne la Vallée-Chessy(Disneyland) 2:33
Avignon Centre 5:40
Moûtiers(ski) 6:27
Aime la Plagne(ski, set down only) 6:59
Bourg Saint Maurice(ski) 7:17

Times shown are fastest timetabled journey from London St Pancras.

Note: The code here produces the adjoining map. It does not mean to reflect the current situation.

|title=Eurostar route map
{{BS|KBHFa|0|[[St Pancras railway station|St. Pancras International]] [[File:Underground no-text.svg|10px]]||0:00}}
{{BS|eHST||[[Stratford International station|Stratford International]] [[File:DLR no-text roundel.svg|10px]]|(opening 2010)}}
{{BS|HST|37|[[Ebbsfleet International railway station|Ebbsfleet International]]||0:15}}
{{BS3|exCONTr|eABZlg||||[[Fawkham Junction]] {{RoutemapRoute|Licon=L|[[Chatham Main Line]]|enclosed=yes|}}|}}
{{BS|HST|90|[[Ashford International railway station|Ashford International]]||0:30}}
{{BS3||tGRENZE||||[[United Kingdom|GB]]-[[France|FR]] border ([[Channel Tunnel]] across [[Strait of Dover]])|bg=#558cd3}}
{{BS|HST||[[Gare de Calais-Fréthun|Calais-Fréthun]]||0:54}}
{{BS|BHF||[[Gare de Lille-Europe|Lille-Europe]]||1:20}}
{{BS3||STR|GRENZE|||[[France]]-[[Belgium]] border}}
{{BS3|KRW+l|KRWgr|KBHFe||[[Brussels-South|Bruxelles Midi/Brussel-Zuid]]||1:51}}
{{BS3|KBHFe|KRWgl|KRW+r|492|[[Gare du Nord|Paris Gare du Nord]]||2:15}}
{{BS3||STR|KHSTe||[[Marne la Vallée-Chessy railway station|Marne la Vallée-Chessy]]|([[Disneyland Resort Paris|Disneyland]])|2:33}}
{{BS3|KHSTe|STR|||[[Avignon]] Centre||5:40}}
{{BS|eHST||[[La Plagne|Aime la Plagne]]|(ski, set down only)|6:59}}
{{BS|KHSTe||[[Bourg Saint Maurice]]|(ski)|7:17}}
|bottom=Times shown are fastest timetabled journey from London St Pancras.

Adding collapsible sections[edit]

     Eurostar route map
London St. Pancras
Stratford International
Ebbsfleet International
0:00 Original terminal
0:50 Ashford International
Channel Tunnel (0:21 transit)
1:15 Calais-Fréthun
1:40 Lille-Europe
2:15 Brussels Gare du Midi
2:35 Paris Gare du Nord
2:53 Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy(Disneyland)
6:00 Avignon Centre
6:47 Moûtiers(ski)
7:19 Aime la Plagne(ski: set down only)
7:37 Bourg Saint Maurice(ski)
|title={{colorbox|#27404E}} Eurostar route map
{{BS|KBHFa||'''[[St Pancras railway station|London St. Pancras]]'''}}
{{BS|HST||{{stn|Stratford International}}}}
{{BS|HST||[[Dartford International railway station|Ebbsfleet International]]}}
{{BS3-startCollapsible||WBRÜCKE|||Original terminal|bg=#c0c0f0}}
{{BS3-replace|exKBHFa|WBRÜCKE||''0:00''|[[Waterloo Station|London Waterloo]]|''(closed 2011)''|bg=#c0c0f0}}
{{BS|HST|O1=PORTALf|0:50|{{rws|Ashford International}}}}
{{BS|tGRENZE|||[[Channel Tunnel]] ''(0:21 transit)''}}
{{BS3|KRW+l|KRWgr|KBHFe|2:15|'''[[Bruxelles Gare du Midi / Brussel-Zuid railway station|Brussels Gare du Midi]]'''}}
{{BS3|KBHFe|KRWgl|KRW+r|2:35|'''[[Gare du Nord|Paris Gare du Nord]]'''}}
{{BS3||STR|KHSTe|2:53|'''[[Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy]]'''|(Disneyland)}}
{{BS3|KHSTe|STR||6:00|'''[[Avignon]] Centre'''}}
{{BS|pHST|7:19|[[La Plagne|Aime la Plagne]]|(ski: ''set down only)''}}
{{BS|KHSTe|7:37|'''[[Bourg Saint Maurice]]'''|(ski)}}

Transcluding map in other infobox[edit]

Besides standalone BS-map, row templates can be transcluded in other infobox templates such as {{Infobox rail line}} or {{Infobox public transit}}. The map syntax by BS row templates needs to be written in a separate template page then transcluded in the said infobox, usually requires the help of other templates like {{BS-table3}} and {{Infobox rdt}}. Read the infobox documentation for examples to prepare the map template.


 Options for vee station 
vSTRg+l with
vBHF and
ABZld overlays
with lBHF
Other Railway
to Somewhere
Other Railway
 Custom legend 
Station A
Station B
Station C
Station D

Key to services
Weekday local
Weekend, holiday local
  • If a station has a Wikipedia article, link to that rather than the town.
  • Avoid overlinkage to a city or railway when its occurrences are close together on the route map.
  • Connects lines should be linked to their own articles, particularly if there is a connection for passengers.
  • For vee stations, show the lines as already joined in the station to show the connection or use the interchange set. The inclusion of a vee station shows that it has not been overlooked.
  • At the ends of a line, show tracks which go further with a CONTinuation arrow:         .
  • For lines branching off, specify “to X”.
    • In general, other lines are shown in italics.
    • Template {{RoutemapRoute}} (shortcut: {{rmr}}) is an option to help describing in the text column with arrow icons ) .
  • Crossing and connecting lines which are shown more than once can be connected with interruptions ( ), but it should not normally be necessary to have more than two interruption icons in a row.
    • Note that WikiProject UK Waterways uses dotted lines   (uLSTR) to denote routes that are planned or under construction, in which case there is no restriction on the number needed.
  • At intermodal interchanges, it is not desirable to list all the routes of the other modes, just the mode(s). For example, at a central railway station it is enough to show Subway interchangeBus interchange, rather than  A   B   10   11 , etc.
  • In order to comply with the no original research and Wikipedia is not a crystal ball policies, information regarding planned and proposed features need to be verifiable with reliable sources.
  • When a map grows too large (such as this), it is recommended to not transclude the map inside an infobox or table which floats or aligns to the left or right, otherwise it would compress the adjacent main text into too narrow a space. This problem is exaggerated for user with low screen resolution. It is a good idea to center align the standalone table (as explained in BS-map). If a left- or right-aligned table is desired, adjust the map width for a minimum of 1024px display width in Monobook or Vector Wiki style. Setting the table to “collapsed” by default (by applying the parameter collapse=yes in BS-map) also helps.
  • In rapid transit/light rail diagrams that show both canals and non-navigable waterways, the similarly-coloured cerulean icons ( ) can be used to distinguish the former from the latter (  (WASSER).
  • If an unusual situation requires using an icon in a non-standard manner, give an explanation either on the text row with the icon, or by a note at the top or bottom of the map—separated by an empty row or horizontal line—showing the “misused” icon and its meaning.


A list of the pictograms which are currently available. A separate page lists waterways pictograms. A directory of icons can be found at Wikimedia Commons.

The conventional file name format for image of this project is as follow: BSicon_(pictogram ID).svg. In BSn row templates, editor only needs to type the ID for the desired icon. The name of a pictogram, or ID, is constructed by prefix, ROOT and suffix jointly (e.g.   (uSTRlg) forming by u-STR-lg). Prefix and suffix are always lowercase but ROOT is all caps to distinguish from the affixes. All icons contain at least one ROOT, but may combine two or more to form some complex icons. Affixes mostly variate the "base" icon in color, directionality, structure, etc and may not apply to simple icons.

Because of the number of projects using these icons, additional codes have been created for special uses, including parallel routes and type changes.


If a required icon does not exist it may be produced from two to six existing icons using the overlay parameter to superimpose one icon over another. Add the overlay parameter in the BSn row template, O1 corresponds to icon grid 1, O2 icon grid 2, etc.; O1, O2, O3 represents the 1st layer and O12, O22, O32 directs to the second layer, etc., with five overlapping layers in total. The icon of higher-number-overlay parameter will appear on top of the icon of the lower-number-overlay parameter and the base icon.

  • For rows of at least 11 icons ({{BS11}}, {{BS12}}, {{BS11-2}}, {{BS12-2}}, etc): Use two digits to reference the icon number. i.e. O01, O012, O013, O014, O015 for the first column, and O12, O122, O123, O124, O125 for the twelfth column, etc.
  • Update since April 2013: using overlay parameters requires a valid entry for the corresponding base icon cell. Otherwise the overlay icons will not be loaded, but the page will be categorized in Category:RDTs with overlaps but no base icon.
{{BS|  (uSTRq)|O1=  (ÜWol)|O12=  (BHF)|O13=  (HUB01)}}

In order to allow the other editors to edit the diagram code more easily, it is a good practice to list the overlay icons immediately following the corresponding “base” icon entry. That way we humans do not need to look back and forth at the codes. The upcoming lua transition of this project which improves resource usage and loading time (as can be tested in Russian Wikipedia) requires the overlapping icon IDs to be lined immediately after the icon ID of lower layer.

Developer notes[edit]

Own icons[edit]

In most case the icons available in Wikimedia Commons should be sufficient. However, if you think you need to create an icon of your own, please take note of the following points:

  • Check the icon catalog or Commons:category:BSicon and its subcategories to see if such icon already exists.
  • Think if the icon you need can be displayed by overlaying two to six existing icons.
  • Use SVG file format only. This can be done by using CORELDraw, Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator or an html/xml (text) editor.
    • Graphic size is not restricted, but it should be in square shape, usually 500 by 500px (half-width icons rectangular 250 by 500px; double-width icons 1000 by 500px). Keep in mind how the image will look like when resized in the diagram to the default height of 20 pixels.
    • The SVG file should not contain any raster graphic and all of its shapes should be done by vector tools.
    • The image should be licensed as {{PD-shape}}.
  • Follow the colour scheme and naming conventions listed in the catalog of pictograms and {{RDT colors}}.
    • Names should be of the form: "BSicon_prefixROOTsuffix.svg"
      • ROOT defines a general function/shape,
      • prefix specifies a color/style/usage, and
      • suffix is a shape modifier
    • redirects must be made for files containing diacritics from their dediacriticized name on Commons. For example file:BSicon BRUECKE.svg redirects to file:BSicon BRÜCKE.svg.
  • Tompw's Icon Generator may be used to easily create some types of new SVG icons.
  • Preview your SVG image using SVG Check. Your SVG image may not look the same in Wikimedia from your SVG application or browser due to different font library and SVG rendering engine.
  • Upload files to Wikimedia Commons into Icons for railway descriptions or one of its sub-categories. The more specific the category the better. If you are uncertain, just apply the general category BSicon and wait for another editor to change it.
  • If you are incapable or having trouble creating icon, post your question at Commons:Talk:BSicon/New icons and icon requests.

Test circuit[edit]

Not implemented on en: yet

There is a test circuit on German Wikipedia: w:de:Wikipedia Diskussion:Formatvorlage Bahnstrecke/BS Test, where new icons can be safely tested. Please use the template KBSv instead of BS there

Sandbox area[edit]

Experimental design can be produced in Wikipedia:Railway line template/sandbox. You can also create your own sandbox under your username so your testing will not be mixed with the other's.

See also[edit]