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michaelasc
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Real Time Tracking

Postby michaelasc » Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:57 pm

You may have seen this but here's a link to real time tracking http://www.opentraintimes.com/maps
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Re: Real Time Tracking

Postby LittleReggie » Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:11 am

I love stuff like this.

You've seen http://raildar.co.uk/map/STP presumably? I've given the link to a live junction map as this is the most interesting bit IMO. It looks like the whole rail network is mapped out schematically - even sidings etc. I'm not sure if it's to scale, but possibly. Although only certain areas are covered, you can watch the trains running in real time and click on them for info, which is kind of fun! I'm interested in the technology used for this, and why the whole map is not covered.

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Re: Real Time Tracking

Postby TheObserver » Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:30 am

Reggie,

Thanks for the link.

The Junction Maps page was intriguing, whilst it was available; but I've not been able to access it since yesterday morning, is it still working for you?
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Re: Real Time Tracking

Postby IanM558 » Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:35 am

The link above doesn't seem to work but if you go to raildar.co.uk then click on maps it seems to work fine.
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Re: Real Time Tracking

Postby LittleReggie » Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:42 pm

It might be some sort of DNS issue as the link still works for me. However, there does seem to be something going on with the site - the trains keep freezing and disappearing completely for me at the moment.

Having spent some time watching train movements (sad, I know) trains do have a habit of jumping tracks and magically teleporting to different areas. At the end of the day I suppose it's just a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously.

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Re: Real Time Tracking

Postby TheObserver » Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:53 pm

Good evening All,

Thanks for the replies to my post of earlier today, things have returned to normal here in Swansea.

LittleReggie wrote: .. .. .. However, there does seem to be something going on with the site - the trains keep freezing and disappearing completely for me at the moment.

LittleReggie wrote: .. .. .. trains do have a habit of jumping tracks and magically teleporting to different areas. At the end of the day I suppose it's just a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously.

This particular page "Junction Maps" is clearly marked 'Beta', so why on earth haven't the developers provided an email address so that those of us with local knowledge can offer potential/ suggested tweaks to improve the page.

Here in Swansea I can see one siding complex on the page which was lifted some considerable time ago and another sidings complex which I have considerable doubts ever existed at any time in the past, but I can't see any obvious way [edit: other than telephone] to let the developer know.

Having said that, I like others find it an intriguing package to have running in the background whilst doing other things.
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Re: Real Time Tracking

Postby Bufferstop » Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:27 pm

I think some of the freezes and jumps are down to points on the network where automatic reporting is unreliable. Watching the trains on our local lines they tended to freeze in the area where the live departure board loose track. Then reappear at the station they are next reported at. At one time this afternoon there were three trains all frozen at the same signal approaching Hatton Junction!. One train departed Moor Street wrong road and passed though the tunnel and the wrong platform at Snow Hill before diving into the carriage washer loop before gaining the right road westward. :)
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