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Israeli Railway Map[edit]

Just wanted to give you a heads-up that construction has been completed on the Yavne West-Pleshet railway and it is now officially open.

Thanks. I will include that on a new version of the map I have been working on. I hope that it will be uploaded within a couple of weeks. Mapeh (talk) 09:44, 6 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. Looking forward to it.
I have uploaded a new version. I'm sure there are some errors - feel free to point them out. Mapeh (talk) 22:00, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
I can't think of any. Great job, again.
Update: The line to Sderot including the Sderot station opened in December. Note also that it since it serves passengers, it should be marked in blue all the way to Ashkelon. Thanks!
Thank you - I have updated the map accordingly. Also, since the Eilat line seems to be finalised (it could still change, but that seems unlikely), I will try to add it in the next week or two. Mapeh (talk) 18:11, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. The Eilat line is very prospective at this point. Even though it has been approved, it is quite uncertain whether it will be built anytime soon. There are also several other lines that are approved but are not scheduled to be constructed anytime soon as well.
Okay, I guess I was under the wrong impression then. If ever the project is finalised, I'll update the map then. Mapeh (talk) 14:36, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

Railway to Beersheba[edit]

Thank you for the Israel Railways map. Just wanted to let you know that the railway from Lod to Beersheba has been reconstructed with all of its curves straightened or eliminated. You may wish to update your map accordingly. Also, a section of the railway from Kiryat Motzkin to Acre has been straightened recently also. For the future: The section between Yavne West and Ashdod should be completed in the next 9 months.

Thanks for the feed back! I didn't know about the Acre straightening. I will try to add the former, windier, paths but there could be problems of space - like I had with the Ramat Hovev line. For the new lines, I will add them when they become operational. Thanks again, Mapeh (talk) 10:12, 21 September 2012 (UTC)
Oh, one more thing... Where you have "Tzafit Power Station" it should be "Rotem Industrial Zone". Tzafit power station is near Kfar Menahem in the Shfela, it is not in the Negev. Thanks.
I've updated the map to show the straitened Beersheba line, and corrected the Rotem mistake. I couldn't see any evident changes to the line around Acre (from satellite imagery), so I couldn't update it there. If you've got any other suggestions don't hesitiate. Mapeh (talk) 12:08, 29 October 2012 (UTC)
Thank you very much for adding the lines under construction! One tiny little correction - the renewed valley line curves a bit northwards in Haifa bay and actually connects with the coastal highway at Lev Hamifratz (in order for its station to be part of the large public transit center currently being built there). The old routing through Tel Hanan will be discarded.
Thanks for that :). I've added that to a new version with lots of small moddifications I'll upload this week. Got any other suggestions? I had to make calculated guesses for the Ra'anana stations' locations, so any precise info would be greatly appreciated! Mapeh (talk) 17:27, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
I think your map is excellent and the location of the Ra'anana stations look good to me (one is at the northwest corner of the intersection future Route 531 and Yerushalayim Road. and the other in the Ra'anana darom interchange). Again, the map looks very good. One really tiny change you could do is smooth out the left sharp"ish" bump about half way between Kiryat Gat and Lehavim. It's nowadays a smooth curve (most maps still show the sharp curve but most satellite photos by now show the new smooth curve). A very minor detail though. Keep up the good work!
Good, that's where I guessed they would be (at the major intersections). I'm also going to review the whole of the Railway to Beersheba with satellite imagery. Mapeh (talk) 21:25, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
I forgot to mention about the active freight spur to the Haifa Oil Refinery (BAZAN) in the Haifa Bay Area not shown on your map. It goes north of the BAZAN complex then curves southwards and ends at the Dshanim factory southeast of the refineries. You can see it in most maps, including Google maps.
Yes, I came across this railway spur by chance. I've been using Google Earth's data to refine a few points, and it showed me that spur. It also showed 2 spurs to the Haifa Docks — are they operational? I've got a lot of work at the moment (that's why the latest version is taking a moment), but I hope for it to be up soon (possibly within a week). Mapeh (talk) 03:14, 3 March 2013 (UTC)
There are two active spurs to the Haifa docks shown on Google maps. One ending at 38.8183 35.0081 and one at 32.8077 35.0269 (the last one actually goes all the way up to 32.8138 35.0258; much of the rail equipment imported into Israel actually gets offloaded from ship directly to rail via this spur, while the rest is offloaded at a dock connection in Ashdod; also, there's another dockside rail connection in Haifa in front and behind the warehouse located at 32.8192 35.0027 but that one is seldom used to offload cargo while the one at 38.8183 35.0081 is used for loading containers on trains). The spur shown on Google maps going up to 32.8094 35.0211 actually terminates nowadays at 32.8020 35.0196. BTW, you can see high resolution aerial imagery of Israel at maps.b144.co.il. You can click on the triangle in the middle right hand side of the page for a wider view.

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Thanks. Finally all maps unanimously show a branch going to the Nesher Cement works, however images like this one make me pretty sure it's abandoned. Maybe this short stretch has been rehabilitated recently? I also added maps.b144.co.il as a link on the GeoTemplate (diff). I guess you know Hebrew — is there a button on b144 that lets you link to the map? Mapeh (talk) 02:16, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

The branch to the Nesher cement works (officially known as the "Tel Hanan branch") has not been active for at least a decade, if not longer. It is still "officially" on the maps, but will be stricken out when the alternate route to the north of it is opened in 2016. As for the Bezeq 144 map, sorry, I don't know of a way to link to a particular coordinate on it.

Barnstar[edit]

GDBarnstar1.png The Graphic Designer's Barnstar
This comes a bit late, but I think you really deserve a barnstar for this railway map. As a mapmaker myself, I know how difficult making this is, and hope that you will continue making awesome maps, especially relating to Israel. Cheers, Ynhockey (talk) 00:31, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for the reciprocity! Very cool. By the way, check out my latest map. I don't quite understand why the text isn't showing up when you view it full-size, but it seems to work on the thumbnails. Please let me know if you think anything is missing there (I intend to add Israel Railways lines and maybe major highways in the future). Cheers, Ynhockey (talk) 21:49, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
I use Opera, however if you open the image with Firefox there are little squiggles where the text should be. So in fact the text hasn't disappeared, it's just being rendered at a very very small size. I've played around with it in Inkscape (I don't have CorelDraw, to see the file from your pov), and this problem really boggles my mind. I've tried everything: layers, groups, checked the css and xml attributes, and nothing seems wrong. One thing I did notice, in Inkscape, is that if you select just one word (such as "Aviv") and then copy-paste it anywhere else, it will render in the same very very small size as I saw in Firefox. That's the only lead I have on the problem.
Although it's not a real solution, the only way I see to make the text appear is to do an "object to path" transformation on it.
Good luck! Mapeh (talk) 15:37, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
PS: just out of curiosity, I noticed in the file code that all the stations had names (ie. "Jabotinsky", "Gordon", "HaHagana" etc). Why didn't you include them in the image? Mapeh (talk) 15:40, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

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I'm sorry, but I just can't see where the problem is. In my eyes, all sources are referenced and the file is licensed with a correct template. Could you be more specific? Mapeh (talk) 20:57, 5 September 2013 (UTC)
I didn't see the date, and so replied to a now defunct message. Mapeh (talk) 09:41, 6 September 2013 (UTC)

Update is needed for the Israeli Railway Map, because Netivot is now connected to the railway line to Sderot[edit]

Hello.

The Israeli Railway Map needs to be updated, because Netivot is now connected to the railway line to Sderot with the opening of the Netivot train station on Sunday 15 February 2015 (almost exactly one year after the opening of the Sderot train station on 14 February, 2014). The railway line between Sderot and Netivot needs to be colored in blue.

Thank you.

PS: Could you create an additional railway map of Israel, again showing Israel with its post-1967 borders but without Sinai, in order to enlarge the map of Israel, because the fonts used for the place names are too small even with the largest zooming of the image.

Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 31.200.8.25 (talk • contribs) 16:01, 16 February 2015‎ (UTC)

Hi,
Thanks for giving me the update: I have added the Netivot extension.
I also reduced the size of the map, and it looks a lot better. The original (bigger) version is still available at Israeli-Palestinian Railways (Full).svg.
Thanks, Mapeh (talk) 15:05, 20 February 2015 (UTC)