All Australian Tracks Courtesy of Hairyleg

 
  HairyLeg Junior Train Controller

Location: What's that smell?
I have just added a Google Earth kmz file to the downloads page.
This file contains ALL tracks in the WHOLE OF AUSTRALIA, whether open or closed; mainline , siding or yard; government, private, tramline, timber tramway, industrial railway, temporary construction railway, incline etc.
Anything that anyone might consider a "railway", regardless of gauge or purpose.
This is a work in progress. What do you think about it?
Have a browse around. You will be surprised at what you will find.

This is an update and replacement for previous individual State files that I have been making available. It is the interest shown by this forum that has inspired me to make the whole country available.

I have also included a HUGE range of named localities (in a layer that is turned off by default, so as not to cause too much clutter).

I have been working on this for some time, will continue to expand and improve it, and I am open to suggestions for additions or improvements (if you want to add a missing section of track, a marked-up map is preferred).

To make use of this, you need to download and un-zip my file from the Railpage Australia™ "Downloads" section (see link under "content" on the left of the page you are looking at now), in the "Google Earth" sub-section.
Then, if you have Google Earth installed, just double click on the file that you have just un-zipped and Google Earth will start, and it should automatically show you the tracks overlayed.

If you don't have Google Earth, you need to download it first (from Google, it's free), It's a pretty big download. Then install it.

 Enjoy

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  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Thank you for this tremendous contribution; simply outstanding Very HappyVery HappyVery HappyVery Happy

I am amazed at the great detail in the Southport/Tweed Heads QGR line  Very HappyVery Happy
  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public
if you don't have google earth you can get the earth plugin for your browser and then view the file here:
http://earth-api-samples.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/demos/dom-tree/index.html

you need to copy and paste the address into the box at the top and hit load.
  fabricator Chief Commissioner

Location: Gawler
if you don't have google earth you can get the earth plugin for your browser and then view the file here:
http://earth-api-samples.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/demos/dom-tree/index.html

you need to copy and paste the address into the box at the top and hit load.
"bronwyn"


You need to provide a DIRECT link to the kmz files before that is going to work. The download system on Railpage doesn't do that, and hence doesn't work.
  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public
no you would have to download and do it that way. I am not sure why they are zipped as its just a another step in getting to the information. unzipped is much better with this sort of thing as you can do so much more with a link to the file.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
My download from Railpage straight into Google Earth worked OK.
  jibbonpoint Chief Commissioner

Location: Shoalhaven
Thank you hairyleg  Very Happy
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
Absolutely top job, Hairyleg ClapWell Done

Now that you've done Oz, there's the rest of the world....... Shocked

Only joking, mate Very Happy

Seriously, my GooglEarth experience has now been lifted to new heights Smile
  sthyer Deputy Commissioner

Looking pretty impressive hairyleg. You've got quite a number of timber tramways in there, the scary thing is just how many more there are out there. I spent Saturday 'rediscovering' one that has been cleared by recent bushfires in Vic. To map the rest of the lines, plus survey the mill is probably a full weekends work (if we don't dawdle)

keep up the good work.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
There is currently a problem with the downloads module on rp2.  Your file entry is there waiting for authorisation, but the file itself either does not exist or is not accessible.  This is why the file took some time to get online. Sorry guys.

Regards
Brian
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
wow...Wow...WOW. Shocked   This is amazing, I'm glad you were able to get through all the dramas of getting it up.

I've now got about 16 different questions in the vein of "what was this line?" etc.  

Is there a legend somewhere for the different track colours?
  doridori Chief Commissioner

Don't know what I'm doing wrong... yet I can't get it to work.
I've downloaded the browser plugin and installed it.
I've downloaded the KMZ file, yet when I drag it into the window, it does nothing and prompts me for a program to open it with when I go to double click it.
  HairyLeg Junior Train Controller

Location: What's that smell?
You actually need to download and install "Google Earth". This is not "Google Maps" (which I think you are referring to when you talk about a browser plug-in), and it is quite large.

When this installs, it associates with KMZ files, so that you only need to double click on the KMZ, and Google Earth will open, and the tracks will be seen.

   Hairyleg
  doridori Chief Commissioner

I've downloaded a plug-in for firefox.
Copied and pasted the above link into it and it spat out an error...
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
dori - you can't use it with any plugins.

You must use Google Earth.
  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public
you can view it straight in your browser if you have the plugin and go to this site http://earth-api-samples.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/demos/dom-tree/index.html
you just input the location on the web of the file you want to look at.
  doridori Chief Commissioner

Ok, I just went to the link above and added the link to hairyleg's download here... "Error loading KML"... is what I get...
  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public
ah ok had a look and he has zipped the file to upload it. with kmz you don't really need to zip it as its zipped already. maybe he will upload just the kmz for you.
  HairyLeg Junior Train Controller

Location: What's that smell?
It took me a month of re-submitting the file before it finally made it onto the downloads page, and this was only after a number of Railpage people had tried helping me, and we finally settled on posting it as a zip.

I'm ready to post an updated file with large improvements to the data for both TAS and QLD, but I'm afraid I will have to go through the whole rigmarole again.
  doridori Chief Commissioner

Is it worth approaching one of the development team to upload it ?
I suppose you could email it to them if that is an option ?
  HairyLeg Junior Train Controller

Location: What's that smell?
OK,

I have an UPDATE of my Google Earth kmz file for all Australia, with a huge amount of additions, improvements and corrections.
I uploaded it onto the Railpage Downloads page a week ago, but it hasn't yet appeared.
Last time I tried to upload an update it took a MONTH to sort out.
Can anyone help me out on this?

 HairyLeg
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Small delay guys in getting this online.  We have a software issue in the downloads section code.  RP support is looking into this right now and we hope to have a resolution shortly.

Regards
Brian
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
Thanks bevans.
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
Any update on this?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Ok, I just went to the link above and added the link to hairyleg's download here... "Error loading KML"... is what I get...
"doridori"


Version 20090918 is now available for download. Details on the latest release can be found in the News Section.  The good news is the updates are really looking nice and comprehensive.  This is really a very valuable asset for researchers.

Regards
Brian

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