10th Newsletter Complete
Bells & Whistles—2/14/20
Bells & Whistles—2/7/20
Official Map: Amtrak Network Map by James Niehues for Amtrak’s “The National” Magazine
Podcast: Interview with 2020 Railroader of the Year Pat Ottensmeyer, KCS
Griff returns with another Great Australian Rail Trip tonight on ABC
Japanese Narrow Gauge -762mm Lines – Part 5 – The Kiso Railway – Part D – The Atera Valley and the Nojiri Forest Railway
Submission – Fantasy Map: North East Overground (neo) Bus Network, Newcastle upon Tyne by Owain
Japanese Narrow Gauge -762mm Lines – Part 2 – The Kiso Railway – Part A
New Official Map: Singapore MRT System Map, 2019
Transit maps for Naples have been decidedly average and piecemeal in the past (see here and here for past reviews), so it’s lovely to see this new official map presenting a fully integrated view of rapid transit in and around the city.
Designed by Andrea Spinosa of CityRailways — whose Atlas of Italian Rail Transit poster we reviewed back in 2014 — this is definitely a huge step in the right direction, being much better designed and clearer to read than previous efforts. The map also finally makes official a unified line numbering system that was first proposed in 1997, and groups the suburban rail services together by colours — the Circumvesuviano lines are all tones of red, for example. The city’s funicular railways are designated by letters (A, B, C and D) to set them apart from the numbered rail lines. There’s also good differentiation between the different modes of interchange: direct interchanges, “out of station” interchanges and even via city escalator. Best of all, it seems to be future-proofed, with under-construction lines clearly laid out as an integral part of the design.
The final word: Sooooooo much better than anything Naples has had before, and really quite lovely. Four stars!
Source: CityRailways project page (in Italian)
This article first appeared on www.transitmap.net
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