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Welcome to the assessment department of the WikiProject UK Railways. This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's UK Railways articles. While much of the work is done in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program, the article ratings are also used within the project itself to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{TrainsWikiProject|UK=yes}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:UK Railways articles by quality, which serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get my article rated? 
Please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
Who can assess articles? 
Any member of the WikiProject UK Railways is free to add or change the rating of an article.
Why didn't the reviewer leave any comments? 
Unfortunately, due to the volume of articles that need to be assessed, we are unable to leave detailed comments in most cases. If you have particular questions, you might ask the person who assessed the article; they will usually be happy to provide you with their reasoning.
What if I don't agree with a rating? 
You can list it in the section for assessment requests below, and someone will take a look at it. Alternately, you can ask any member of the project to rate the article again.
Aren't the ratings subjective? 
Yes, they are, but it's the best system we've been able to devise; if you have a better idea, please don't hesitate to let us know!

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department.

Instructions

Quality assessments

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

{{TrainsWikiProject|class=???|UK=yes}}

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 UK Railways articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class UK Railways articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class UK Railways articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class UK Railways articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class UK Railways articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class UK Railways articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class UK Railways articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class UK Railways articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class UK Railways 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 UK Railways articles) Wikipedia Book Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class UK Railways articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class UK Railways articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class UK Railways articles)  Draft 
File (for files; adds pages to Category:File-Class UK Railways articles)  File 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class UK Railways articles) Redirect page Redirect 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class UK Railways articles)  Portal 
Template (for templates; adds pages to Category:Template-Class UK Railways articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class UK Railways articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed UK Railways articles)  ??? 

After assessing an article's quality, comments on the assessment can be added either to the article's talk page or to the /Comments subpage which will appear as a link next to the assessment. Adding comments will add the article to Category:UK Railways articles with comments. Comments that are added to the /Comments subpages will be transcluded onto the automatically generated work list pages in the Comments column.

Quality scale

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance assessment

An article's importance assessment is generated from the importance parameter in the {{TrainsWikiProject|UK=yes}} project banner on its talk page:

{{TrainsWikiProject|UK=yes| ... | UK-importance=??? | ...}}
Top
High
Mid
Low

The following values may be used for importance assessments:

All articles that lack an importance rating are categorized in Category:Unknown-importance UK Railways articles.

Importance scale

Label Criteria Reader's experience Editor's experience Example
Top The article is one of the core topics of rail transportation in the United Kingdom. Generally, this is limited to those articles that are listed on {{Train topics}} A reader who is not involved in the UK's rail transport will have high familiarity with the subject matter and should be able to relate to the topic easily. Articles in this importance range are written in mostly generic terms, leaving technical terms and descriptions for more specialised pages. Stephenson's Rocket
High The article covers a topic that is vital to understanding the history or technology of rail transportation in the United Kingdom. Most readers will at least be familiar with the topic being discussed. These articles describe the basics beyond the core topics about, such as, how trains work, the runnings of the railways and the more significant historical events in the UK's rail transportation history. Articles about the most basic topics in the UK's rail transportation like rolling stock types, the largest railway companies and the most historically and culturally significant topics in the UK are included in this level. Some technical terms can be used within articles in this range, but where they are used, they should be explained or at least link to articles that discuss the terms in more detail. Channel Tunnel Rail Link
Mid The article covers a topic that has a strong but not vital role in the history or technology of rail transport in the UK. Many readers will be familiar with the topic being discussed, but a larger majority of readers may have only cursory knowledge of the overall subject. Articles at this level will cover subjects that are well known but not necessarily vital to understand rail transport, such as main stations in secondary travel markets, former secondary railways and more specialised types of equipment. Due to the topics covered at this level, Mid-importance articles will generally have more technical terms used in the article text. Most railway company executives will be rated in this level. London Midland
Low The article is not required knowledge to broadly understand the technology or history of rail transportation in the UK. Few readers outside the UK's rail transport industry or that are not within the local area of the article's topic may be familiar with the subject matter. It is likely that the reader does not know anything at all about the subject before reading the article. Articles at this range of importance will often delve into the minutiae of the UK's rail transportation, using technical terms (and defining them) as needed. Topics included at this level include most metro and local railway stations, short line railway companies and limited or one-off productions of equipment or facilities that otherwise had no significant impact on the rail industry. Jordanhill railway station

Requesting an assessment

If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please feel free to list it below.

  • SimSig Please consider as part of UK railways. It's a simulation of UK signalling so I think it's relevant... whether anybody else does I don't know! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 212.57.240.49 (talk) 12:13, 16 September 2009
  • Already assessed at C grade. Page has no recent updates, and does not need reassessing. Lord Castellan Creed (talk) 21:52, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
  • I've reassessed it as B-class/Mid, but it really needs a route diagram. Once you have a route diagram, you might like to consider WP:GAN. I've only given it a very cursory read; I've not checked grammar in depth, but I think it could make GA.Pyrotec (talk) 19:29, 21 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Anglesey Central Railway - reassessed it as B class, possibly it needs some minor copyediting & has the makings of a GA.Pyrotec (talk) 20:11, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • Eurostar - It is currently assessed for this project as B class; and I consider this to be a reasonably assessment. Possibly it needs some minor copyediting & has the makings of a GA, but some sections do not comply with WP:verify, so it will need some more work to get through WP:GAN.Pyrotec (talk) 14:49, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

*Intercity 125. Unsigned comments by User:81.111.115.63, 16:07 18 May 2009. I beleive that it is, curretly, correctly assessed as a C-class mid/high importance article. It has the makings of a B-class article, but it currently lacks WP:verify in many of the sections. There is (also) a {flag} to that effect at the top of the article.Pyrotec (talk) 15:25, 18 May 2009 (UTC)

  • Hereford Road Skew Bridge - I've worked on it alone all day and it needs someone else to look at it and a reassessment. Thanks. MegaPedant (talk) 03:36, 21 September 2009 (UTC) - Reassessed as C-class, Mid-importance. Nice work. Pyrotec (talk) 18:50, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Reading Southern railway station - major contributor is me, so I shouldn't allocate a class myself, so would anybody care to rate it? --Redrose64 (talk) 20:34, 13 December 2009 (UTC)
    • Done, rated C-class mid importance with some comments left. Nice work so far. Simply south (talk) 21:13, 13 December 2009 (UTC)
  • British Rail Class 139 - Currently rated as Start-class low-importance. I don't believe either is accurate any more, but having contributed to the article shouldn't really reassess it myself. There's a lot more information on it now than when it was first rated, and the class is important as a new design which has received some coverage in the West Midlands area at least. Alzarian16 (talk) 13:36, 13 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Reassessed as C-class, Mid-importance. Pyrotec (talk) 19:38, 13 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Great Northern Route. Asessed it as Start class. There is a fair amount of detail, but much of it is unreferenced. With improved references, would be C-class. Pyrotec (talk) 19:13, 28 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Wye Valley Railway I've puts lots of work into this article over a long period of time and looking at other articles I think it is higher than a start-class. Last rated in September 2008. WVRMADTalkGuestbook 15:10, 18 April 2010 (UTC)
Reassessed as C-class. It's not far off being a B-class: the text is fine; however using wikipedia as a verifiable reference is not allowed (its used twice) and you've got a fair amount of WP:Overlinking, i.e. not every occurence of Monmouth Troy railway station, for instance but there are quite a few others, needs wikilinking. Better references and less wikilinking would likely give you B-class. Pyrotec (talk) 15:33, 18 April 2010 (UTC)
Now B-class, removed unsutiable citations and lots of overlinking. WVRMADTalkGuestbook 17:54, 29 April 2010 (UTC)
  • Firstly, I agree with you on St. Neots - its definitely not a B-class; and not yet a C-class, I agree with Start-class. Hitchin is just about a C-class, so I've downgraded it from B to C-class. Huntingdon is almost unreferenced, so I've downgraded it from B-class to Start; similarly, Biggleswade & Arlesey are not C-class, let alone B-class, so I've moved down them to Start-class. I've also changed the WP Bedford assessments, it appears to be a case of self-assessment by one of the main contributors. Pyrotec (talk) 16:57, 11 May 2010 (UTC)
  • I'm not sure what happened here - I was sure there was only five station articles, but now there are six . I've also reassessed Sandy railway station as Start-class. On checking, it seems that the editor concerned only started contributing to wikpedia on 8 May 2010; and while the additional content added to all the articles has improved those articles - none are anywhere near B-class (or C-class in five out of six cases). Pyrotec (talk) 17:13, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

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