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Railway line

Template: Railway line
Use on/in Articles about railway lines
Use for Summary information (infobox)
Category template applies to page (none)
Template Parameters
(See Template style manual).
Name Purpose Required? SMW property Comment
heading Name of line No Defaults to the page name
subheading Alternative name of line No
coords List of station co-ordinates No See Co-ordinates section
opened Year(s) of opening No See open/close section
closed Year(s) of closure No See open/close section
part closed Year(s) of closure No See open/close section
gauge P gauge of railway No gauge
tracks Number of tracks No See tracks section
electrification Electrification details No See electrification section
safeworking L Safeworking system(s) No
tunnels Number of tunnels No
operator L The only operator No
original operator L The original operator No
final operator L The final operator (if closed) No
current operator L The current operator No


The opening and closing dates should be years only. Exact dates can be shown in the article body.

If the line opened and/or closed in stages, list the range of years, e.g. 1930 to 1959

If the line has partly but not fully closed, use the part closed parameter instead of the closed parameter.


The optional coord parameter is designed to take a string of co-ordinates indicating the geographical co-ordinates of the railway stations along the line. The format is [latitude] [longitude]~[name]. Multiple locations need to be separated with a semi-colon. The actual co-ordinates can be in various forms, as documented here. The following is an example (from the Strzelecki railway (Victoria) page):

  -38.199374,145.488298~Koo wee rup;

See Maps for methods of determining co-ordinates.

Note that due to a bug(? disputed), the last entry should not have a semi-colon. If you include a semi-colon, you will get an error message as follows:

The following error has been detected in your syntax: * Parameter coordinates must be one or more valid locations.The value "" has been omitted.


This (like most parameters) is a free-form field. The value should be Single, Double, etc., or a number for more tracks, or a longer description such as Double to <station> then single.


This should include both voltage and method, e.g. 1500V DC overhead or 600V DC third rail. For unelectrified lines, use None rather than omitting the parameter.

Data block

The data block below can be copied to the page required to save typing it out.

If a parameter in the data block below has a hash character (#), this indicates that the template supplies a default if the parameter is not supplied. Remove the hash if you want to supply a value to this parameter. See Data block on the Template style manual page for more information.

{{Railway line
| heading=
| subheading=
| coords=
| opened=
| closed=
| part closed=
| gauge P=
| tracks=
| electrification=
| safeworking L=
| tunnels=
| operator L=
| original operator L=
| final operator L=
| current operator L=
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