Wikipedia:Route diagram template/Catalog of pictograms

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This catalog is maintained manually and therefore may not include all available icons. Refer to Category:Icons for railway descriptions on Wikimedia Commons for a complete catalog of all railway icons. (Road and waterway icons are here and here respectively.)

The original list was split into smaller sub-lists due to it taking too long to load all the icons. Editors may create new sub-lists if the existing sub-lists become too long or are unsuitable for including the desired icon. See here for the pre-split list.

The basic diagrams are, on the English Wikipedia, used primarily to show

  • existing track
     /  dark color
vs. disused/planned track
 /  light color
  • heavy rail
      red
vs. light rail/rapid transit
  blue
  • normal track
      plain
vs. elevated track
  grey borders
vs. tunnel track
  double-dashed
and
  • watered canals
      blue
vs. unwatered canals
  green

The diagrams aren't intended to show

  • quantity of parallel tracks,
  • gauge (too many different gauges),
  • power (too many different systems/voltages/frequencies).

Note that the number of lines (tracks) is not normally signified in the graphic, except for small areas such as station diagrams and individual light rail/tram lines.

Naming logic[edit]

This system of icon names was originally created on the German Wikipedia in 2006, and has since been expanded by editors on different projects. Consequently, most icon names are derived from German, and the rest from English and Dutch.

BSicon files are named File:BSicon pictogram-ID.svg. (The ID of an icon is entered (without "BSicon") into {{Routemap}} or the {{BS-map}} helper templates. Usage instructions for those templates are at Template:Routemap and WP:RDT respectively.) The ID is constructed from a root, usually with prefixes and suffixes (e.g.   (tKBHFa) refers to a pictogram derived from t+K+BHF+a). Prefixes are mostly and suffixes are always lowercase but the root is all caps (capital letters), with only a few exceptions. All icons contain at least one root, and sometimes two or more are combined to form complex icons. Affixes generally modify the "base" icon in color, directionality, structure, etc., and may not be necessary for simple icons.

Prefix[edit]

The prefix indicates the status of the infrastructure (partially in use, not used, disused, or not yet opened), and whether it is elevated or in tunnel:

Zero or one of these prefixes:
(none) u f g
U-Bahn / underground footpath ground
heavy rail
  (STR)
e.g. metro, light rail or canal
  (uSTR)
footpath or hiking trail
  (fSTR)
unwatered canal
  (gSTR)
followed by zero or more of:
e x m
ehemals / erstwhile ex Mischbetrieb / mixed
closed, under construction, or planned (secondary track, station,stop or other feature)
  (eABZgl)
closed, under construction, or planned (main track or feature)
  (xABZgl)
indicates that the icon contains more than one type of line or colour in the same pictogram (see below)
  (mABZgl)
then optionally one or more of:
l h t p k n
Legende / legend Hochbahn / high level Tunnelstrecke / tunnel passed Kombination eng / narrow
symbol for legends / overlaying elevated line
  (hSTR)
underground line
  (tSTR)
passed by express services
  (pBHF)
compound turn
  (kSTR2)
thin (half-width) line
  (nSTR)
followed by none or exactly one of these prefixes:
c d cd b v
schmal / compact dünn / demi c + d breit / broad from the BSicon SPLe.svg transition between double and single lines
quarter-width symbols for special arrangements (not shown on this page)
  (cSTRq)
half-width symbols
  (dSTRq)
three-quarter-width symbols for special arrangements (not shown on this page)
  (cdSTRq)
double-width symbols
  (bSTRq)
symbols showing close parallel lines (same as two paired d symbols)
  (vSTRq)
then optionally one or more of:
C D L M 3
Cutt / cutting Damm Lücke (leak) Maske / mask 3-column
open cut line
  (CSTR)
line on embankment
  (DSTR)
interruption to line
  (LSTR)
symbol for masks and masked icons compound turn
  (3STR2)

The standard order is

"u" · "f" · "g" – prefixes concerning the type of the track are first;
"e" · "x" · "m" – prefixes concerning the status of the track are next;[a]
"l" · "h" · "t" · "p" · "k" · "n" – prefixes concerning the elevation of the track follow;[b]
"c" · "d" · "b" · "v" – prefixes concerning size of icon are fourth;
"C" · "D" · "L" · "M" · "3" – root modifiers are last.[b]
Examples[edit]
Heavy rail /
Facility
Example Metro /
Light rail
Example
Track, station or facility in use (no prefix)    
   
u    
Station passed by express train p    up   
Primary (usually vertical) track out of use,
secondary (usually branching or crossing) track in use
x    ux   
Primary track in use, feature or secondary track out of use e    ue   
Entire icon is out of use (with some exceptions) ex    
   
uex    
Track or station in tunnel t     ut    
Tunnel track off use, branching from or vertically crossing track in use xt    uxt   
Unused feature on or unused track horizontally crossing tunnel et    uet   
Unused track and station in tunnel ext     uext    
Elevated track or station h     uh    
Elevated track out of use, branching or crossing track in use xh    uxh   
Elevated disused track or station on track-in-use eh    ueh   
Disused elevated track and station exh     uexh    
Icon for legends or overlaying l     ul    
Overlay icon for disused object exl     uexl    
Parallel lines[edit]

All icons with a symmetrical subject such as bridges (either highway, normal or waterway), borders and tunnels but excluding icons for crossings with other railway lines and stations use the following naming convention:

  • v prefix, both lines in use:  ,  ,  
  • ev prefix, left line disused, right line in use:  ,  ,  
  • xv prefix, left line in use, right line disused:  ,  ,  
  • exv prefix, both lines disused:  ,  ,  

For crossings the prefix applies to the crossing line:

  • v:  
  • ev:  
  • xv:  
  • exv:  

For symmetrical stations the pattern is the same as for crossings, where the prefix is placed before the v and denotes the entire station:

  • v:  
  • ev:  
  • exv:  

For asymmetrical stations, prefixes which only apply to one half are placed after the v:

  •   (vSTR-BHF)
  •   (vexSTR-BHF)
  •   (vSTR-eBHF)
  •   (vSTR-exBHF)
Transverse parallel lines[edit]

This subgroup covers icons where the parallel lines run across. If the icon name does not need a separating dash, then the name is the same as the regular icon, with the addition of the suffix q (for quarter turn):

  (vSTR)   (vSTRq)
  (evCONTf)   (evCONTfq)
  (uvBHF)   (uvBHFq)

All other icons are named as if they were two regular icons, one above the other. Note that there is no v prefix for these icons:

  (mKRZ-KRZo)   (mKRZo)
  (KRZo)
  (uSTRq-uSTR+r)   (uSTRq)
  (uSTR+r)
Mixed lines[edit]

For icons with both heavy and light rail, the prefix m indicates that the primary line is heavy rail and the secondary is light, while um denotes the opposite:

m um
  (mKRZ)   (umKRZ)
  (mABZgl)   (umABZgl)

Root[edit]

The core part of the icon ID:

Description Root e.g. Etymology
90° branching ABZ[c] Unknown BSicon "ABZgl" DE: Abzweigstelle
Accessible station ACC Station with ramp EN: accessible
Station BHF Station on track DE: Bahnhof
Pedestrian walkway BL Unknown BSicon "BL" EN: black line
Bridge BRÜCKE[d] Large bridge DE: Brücke
1/2 column offset BS2[c] Unknown BSicon "BS2l" DE: Bahnstrecke
Non-passenger stop BST Small non-passenger station on track DE: Betriebsstelle
Level crossing BUE Level crossing DE: Bahnübergang
Continuation CONT[c] Continuation forward EN: continuation
Cross-platform interchange CPIC[c] Right side of cross-platform interchange EN: cross-platform interchange
Non-passenger station DST Non-passenger station/depot on track DE: Dienststation
End of track ENDE[c] Track end start DE: Ende, EN: end
Track change FOW Unknown BSicon "FOW" DE: Fahrordnungswechsel
Border GRENZE Restricted border on track DE: Grenze
Minor station HST Stop on track DE: Haltestelle
Interchange INT Interchange on track EN: interchange
Milepost KMW Unknown BSicon "KMW" DE: Kilometrierungswechsel
Crossover KRW[c] Unknown BSicon "KRWgl" NL: kruiswissel
Crossing KRZ Flat crossing DE: Kreuzung
Mask MASK[e]   DE: Maske/Maskieren, EN: Mask
Figure num[c] Unknown BSicon "num0r" DE: Nummer, EN: Number
Loop/siding PSL Unknown BSicon "PSL" EN: Passing loop
Column shift SHI[c] Unknown BSicon "SHI1l" EN: shift
Single/parallel transition SPL[c] Unknown BSicon "SPLa" DE: Spalten, EN: split
Track STR Straight track DE: Strecke, EN: stretch / straight
T junction TEE[c] Unknown BSicon "TEEl" EN: tee
Tunnel TUNNEL[c] Enter and exit tunnel DE: Tunnel, EN: tunnel
Crossover ÜST[d] Track change DE: Überleitstelle
Crossover ÜWB[d] Unknown BSicon "vÜWB" DE: Überwerfungsbauwerk
River WASSER Water DE: Wasser
Type change WECHSEL Unknown BSicon "WECHSEL" DE: Wechsel
Turning loop WSL[c] Unknown BSicon "WSLe" DE: Wendeschleife
Root modifiers
Highway crossing AKRZ[c] Cross over track DE: Autobahn Kreuzung
Junction + feature AICON[c] Unknown BSicon "ENDEl+l" DE: Abzweigstelle
Cutting CBHF Station on track EN: Cut
Embankment DSTR Straight track DE: Damm
Terminus[f] KBHF[c] Unknown BSicon "BHFa" DE: Kopfbahnhof
Interruption LSTR Straight track DE: Lücke
Interruption LLSTR[c][g] Unknown BSicon "STR2+4" DE: Lücke
Mask MICON   DE: Maske/Maskieren, EN: Mask
Narrow nICON nSTR DE: eng, EN: narrow
Commuter station SBHF[h] Station on track DE: S-Bahnhof EN: Suburban
Mode change SWBHF[h] mSWBHF DE: Systemwechselbahnhof
Split-level station[f] TBHF Unknown BSicon "BHFo" DE: Turmbahnhof
Water + feature WBRÜCKE WBRÜCKE DE: Wasser + Brücke
WTUNNEL WTUNNEL DE: Wasser + Tunnel, EN: water + tunnel

There are a few "pseudo"-roots that do not follow the all-caps rule, such as num (e.g.   (num1r)) and Lock.

Suffix[edit]

Suffixes in this category indicates the directionality, position or structural variation. Note that directions are based on as if travelling along within a standard, top-to-bottom route.

The four most common suffixes are left, right, forward and backward, represented by:

  • l [links, German for "left"],
  • r [rechts, German for "right"],
  • f [Fahrtrichtung, German for "direction of travel"] (forward, basically) and
  • g [Gegenrichtung, German for "opposite direction" (of travel)].

When the first BSicons were created in 2007, it was soon realized that the system with f and g was very limited, especially when dealing with icons facing across. Therefore, the +-suffix—in the sense of "coming from", which is by now used with most sets of BSicons—was introduced.

l and r have been used mistakenly as left and right as the reader sees it; there is no "u" for "up [the page]" and "d" for "down [the page]", hence instead the icons are designed as if moving inside a classical 'down' track route that is being depicted instead.

The order of the l and r suffixes should be:

  1. to left/right (in use);
  2. to (ex) left/right (out of use);
  3. from (+) left/right (in use);
  4. from (+ex) left/right (out of use).
Suffix e.g. Etymology
Objective upper right 1[i]   
Objective lower right 2[i]   
Objective lower left 3[i]   
Objective upper left 4[i]   
Start a    DE: Anfang
End e    DE: Ende, EN: end
Forward f    DE: Fahrtrichtung, EN: forward
Backward g    DE: Gegenrichtung
Elevated h    DE: Hochbahn, EN: high level. Concerns the additional track / element.
Halved (straight at corner) h    DE: halb, EN: half. Used after corner number only
To left l    DE: links, EN: left
From left +l   
Left part -L    DE: Linke, EN: left
Middle m    DE: mittlere, EN: middle
Middle part -M    DE: Mitte, EN: middle
Narrow line n    DE: eng, EN: narrow
Over o    DE: oben, EN: over
Across q   
  
DE: quer, EN: quarter turn.[j]
To right r    DE: rechts, EN: right
From right +r   
Right part -R    DE: Rechte, EN: right
Tunnel t    DE: Tunnel, EN: tunnel. Concerns the additional track / element.
Under u    DE: unter, EN: under
Parallel lines v    Similar to "v" prefix.
Out-of-use segment
continues beyond
x   
  
EN: expired. Combined with suffix "a", "e", "l" or "r" to denote which side the actual line begins.[k]

Other codes are made from joining these together. Additional icons can be created by overlaying existing ones.

Colours[edit]

  • dark colour means a currently open line / facility
  • light colour means either a closed line / route / facility or one under construction / planned
  • red indicates heavy rail or freight line
  • blue indicates light rail, metro or tram line.
Existing lines
in current use
Lines not in use
(planned or closed)
heavy rail
  #BE2D2C BSicon BHF.svg
  #D77F7E BSicon exBHF.svg
metro/light rail & canals
  #003399 BSicon uBHF.svg
  #6281C0 BSicon uexBHF.svg
Berlin S-Bahn
  #006E34 BSicon lSBHF.svg
  #5ABF89 BSicon exlSBHF.svg
accessibility
  #034EA2 BSicon lACC.svg
  #6592C5 BSicon exlACC.svg
other features
  #000000 BSicon BAHN.svg
  #AAAAAA BSicon exBAHN.svg
platforms
  #888888 BSicon BS.svg
  #CCCCCC BSicon exBS.svg
 
other routes & special circumstances
(e.g. fare-free zones on a light-rail line)
footpaths
(set f)
unwatered canals
(set g)
  #008000 BSicon fBHF.svg
  #2CA05A BSicon gBHF.svg
formations and structures
  #80A080 BSicon lDSTR.svg BSicon BRIDGEq.svg BSicon PORTALg.svg BSicon lhSTRa.svg
interchanges and depôts (BSicon DST.svg) border fill
  #000000 BSicon lINT.svg
  #FFFFFF BSicon lDST.svg
cross-platform interchanges border fill
  #000000 BSicon CPIC.svg
  #B3B3B3
other colours background watercourses
  #F9F9F9
  #007CC3 BSicon WASSER.svg


Geometry[edit]

Standard icons are drawn in a 500 pixel × 500 pixel square. Lines are 100 pixels wide, centred at 250 pixels. Parallel lines are centred on the quarter points, i.e. 125 and 375 pixels, as are formation elements. Thin lines (sidings, feeders, formation elements, linkways, borders, etc.) are 50 pixels wide, and also aligned to the ¼–½–¾ grid.

Templates[edit]

These templates are used for constructing the catalog pages (in increasing order of complexity):

Template Sample output
lHUB Unknown BSicon "lHUB" Interchange hub single cell
Single icon with no variations.
BAHN Unknown BSicon "BAHN" exUnknown BSicon "BAHN" Icon generic train
Regular and ex variations only.
STR+4 Unknown BSicon "STR+4" exUnknown BSicon "STR+4" uUnknown BSicon "STR+4" uexUnknown BSicon "STR+4" Curve from corner 4
The four basic variations: regular, ex, u and uex.
BUE Level crossing eLevel crossing exLevel crossing uLevel crossing ueLevel crossing uexLevel crossing Level crossing unspecified road
As BS-anleitung4, but also includes the e variants.
ENDEa Track end start xTrack end start exTrack end start uTrack end start uxTrack end start uexTrack end start Line end start
As BS-anleitung4, but also includes the x variants.
ABZgr ABZgr xABZgr eABZgr exABZgr uABZgr uxABZgr ueABZgr uexABZgr Junction forward & to right
Adds e and x variations to BS-anleitung4.
f…ABZgr fUnknown BSicon "ABZgr " feUnknown BSicon "ABZgr " fxUnknown BSicon "ABZgr " fexUnknown BSicon "ABZgr " Junction forward & to right
ABZgl orange Unknown BSicon "ABZgl orange" eUnknown BSicon "ABZgl orange"   exUnknown BSicon "ABZgl orange" Junction forward & to left
As BS-anleitung6, but for a single color.
STRq Transverse track exTransverse track tTransverse track extTransverse track uTransverse track uexTransverse track utTransverse track uextTransverse track Straight across
As BS-anleitung4, but also includes tunnel variations (t, ext, ut, uext).
vSHI2l- / v-SHI2+r Unknown BSicon "vSHI2l-" exUnknown BSicon "vSHI2l-" tUnknown BSicon "vSHI2l-" extUnknown BSicon "vSHI2l-" uUnknown BSicon "vSHI2l-" uexUnknown BSicon "vSHI2l-" utUnknown BSicon "vSHI2l-" uextUnknown BSicon "vSHI2l-" Single line shift right to left
As BS-anleitung5, but also includes a second icon name.
STRl One way leftward exOne way leftward tOne way leftward extOne way leftward hOne way leftward exhOne way leftward uOne way leftward uexOne way leftward utOne way leftward uextOne way leftward uhOne way leftward uexhOne way leftward Turn to left
As BS-anleitung5, but adds elevated variations (h, exh, uh, uexh).
KRZ Flat crossing eFlat crossing xFlat crossing exFlat crossing tFlat crossing etFlat crossing xtFlat crossing extFlat crossing uFlat crossing ueFlat crossing uxFlat crossing uexFlat crossing utFlat crossing uetFlat crossing uxtFlat crossing uextFlat crossing Crossing two lines
Adds the last two tunnel variants ((U)et and (U)xt), resulting in all four basic variations, in a slightly different order: regular, e, x and ex, for heavy and light rail, on surface and in tunnel.
KRZ Flat crossing eFlat crossing xFlat crossing exFlat crossing tFlat crossing etFlat crossing xtFlat crossing extFlat crossing hFlat crossing ehFlat crossing xhFlat crossing exhFlat crossing uFlat crossing ueFlat crossing uxFlat crossing uexFlat crossing utFlat crossing uetFlat crossing uxtFlat crossing uextFlat crossing uhFlat crossing uehFlat crossing uxhFlat crossing uexhFlat crossing Crossing two lines
As BS-anleitungV, with the addition of the elevated variants ((U)h, exh, uh, uexh).
BHFCCe Unknown BSicon "BHFCCe"       tUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe"       hUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" ehUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" xhUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" exhUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" htUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" ehtUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" xhtUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" exhtUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" uUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" ueUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe"   uexUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" utUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe"     uextUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" uhUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" uehUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" uxhUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" uexhUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" uhtUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" uehtUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" uxhtUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" uexhtUnknown BSicon "BHFCCe" Station with tunnel
As BS-anleitung7, with the addition of tunnel–bridge transition variants ((U)ht, exht, uht, uexht).

Special purpose[edit]

vSTR-uKDSTa Unknown BSicon "vSTR-uKDSTa" Line through Light rail terminal depôt start
Single complex icon with two features.
DST-STR                 Depôt + Line through
Eight variations of complex icon with two features (regular and ex for each part, then regular and u for the whole).
STR-STRl                                 Track through + Track to left
Sixteen variations of complex icon with two features (regular and ex for each part, then t, u and ut for the whole).
DST-BHF                                         Depôt + Station
Twenty variations of complex icon with two features (regular, x, e, and ex for each part, then regular and u for the whole).
ABZ23                                                 Junction to 2nd & 3rd corners
Twenty-four variations (regular, t, h, u, ut, uh) of complex icon with two branches (with x added before the branch suffix).
ABZ23                 Junction to 2nd & 3rd corners
Eight variations (regular, u) of complex icon with two branches (with x added before the branch suffix).
lBHF- Unknown BSicon "lBHF-" exUnknown BSicon "lBHF-" uUnknown BSicon "lBHF-" uexUnknown BSicon "lBHF-" lHST- Unknown BSicon "lHST-" exUnknown BSicon "lHST-" uUnknown BSicon "lHST-" uexUnknown BSicon "lHST-" Legend marker on upper line
Used for comparing two different icons.
INT-R   INT   INT-L   Interchange
Used for displaying an icon and its -Left and -Right variants.
tKICONa Unknown BSicon "tKINTa" exUnknown BSicon "tKINTa" Unknown BSicon "tKACCa" exUnknown BSicon "tKACCa"       Unknown BSicon "tKINTACCa" exUnknown BSicon "tKINTACCa" Terminus start, in tunnel
Used for displaying regular and ex variants of INT, ACC and INTACC icons.
Level Unknown BSicon "kKRZl" kKRZl Unknown BSicon "kKRZxl" kKRZxl eUnknown BSicon "ekKRZl" ekKRZl eUnknown BSicon "ekKRZxl" ekKRZxl xUnknown BSicon "xkKRZl" xkKRZl xUnknown BSicon "xkKRZxl" xkKRZxl exUnknown BSicon "exkKRZl" exkKRZl exUnknown BSicon "exkKRZxl" exkKRZxl
Used for complicated icons where it is helpful to have individual icon names shown.
BSicon KRX.svg KRX
Displays a single icon and its name in a pair of cells in a catalogue table row.
KRX BSicon KRX.svg
Similar to BS-anleitungq, but with the icon to the right of the label.
Flat crossing
KRZ
Similar to BS-anleitungq, but displays a single icon cell in a catalogue table row, with the name below.
ROOTq Template:BS-border Template:BS-border Template:BS-border Template:BS-border Template:BS-border Basic road icon across
Used solely for generic roads.
SKRZ-GROOTo Template:BS-border Template:BS-border Template:BS-border Template:BS-border Overpass rail over
As above, but for road-rail crossings.
mKRZo                       Railway bridge over waterway
Used solely for canal pages.
ABZgl                       Branching to left
As BS-anleitungP, but with u prefix.

The documentation for each template explains its usage and syntax.

There are also matching templates that insert the header row for each of the icon row templates. For example, the template {{WP:Route diagram template/BS-anleitung8/header}} creates the first row of this table (which uses {{WP:Route diagram template/BS-anleitung8}}):

ex t ext h exh u uex ut uext uh uexh
BHFq Station on transverse track exStation on transverse track tStation on transverse track extStation on transverse track hStation on transverse track exhStation on transverse track uStation on transverse track uexStation on transverse track utStation on transverse track uextStation on transverse track uhStation on transverse track uexhStation on transverse track Station across

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In mixed icons using two of "u", "f" and "g", the secondary prefix is placed where "m" would be; e.g.   (uxgKRZo).
  2. ^ a b These prefixes can also be used as suffixes to modify secondary objects.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p In most cases these icons are accompanied by a suffix. A number indicating a variation is also considered a suffix.
  4. ^ a b c The letter Ü can be input on Windows as Ctrl+'+U with the UK keyboard layout (or by typing Alt+0220 into the numeric keypad) and on macOS as ⌥ Opt+u then U (or by holding ⇧ Shift+U and then pressing 2). Or just copy and paste it, if you can't be bothered or your computer doesn't let you. Some redirects replacing the 'Ü' with 'UE' have been created (e.g. BRUECKE → BRÜCKE); you can create more of them in Wikimedia Commons yourself if you so wish.
  5. ^ Special-purpose icon.
  6. ^ a b Also applies to ACC, HST, HSTACC, SBHF, SHST, DST and BST.
  7. ^ Special case for icons connecting at corners.
  8. ^ a b Also applies to HST.
  9. ^ a b c d Additional modifiers:
    +n   – from the corner
    cn   (EN: corner) – supplementary for 45° branchings and special situations
    tn   (EN: tunnel) – tunnel portal; supplementary for 45° branchings
  10. ^ Rotated 90° anticlockwise.
  11. ^ Also used without additional suffix to indicate that a third element is out of use; e.g.   (THSTx).