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Railway BS Map help please[edit]

Hi Optimist,

 I am working on the 1500km Central Austral Railway BS Routemap at and wonder if you could assist please or direct me to an appropriate location. I am sure the BS is simple once you know how
 The line runs from Port Augusta in the south to Alice Springs in the North and was all narrow gauge. The railway became standard gauge from Port Augusta to Marree but took a different route abandoning the old narrow gauge. The Standard Gauge is now partially abandoned as well (don't farm in the desert is a top tip!)
 Can you help or point me in the correct direction please to split the line into two distinct lines at Marree (SG on left, NG on right) and then swap them over at Farina and then bring them back together at or before Port Augusta. I can then add the large number of stations in between and the odd diversion.

Thank you so much — Preceding unsigned comment added by Skillsy (talk • contribs) 03:17, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

Hi Skillsy - I don't know why you've picked me to ask, or why you're asking on Commons, not Wikipedia, but the best place to ask for help is Wikipedia talk:Route diagram template on Wikipedia. Although I've done some RDTs in the past, I'm not an expert on the latest syntax. Optimist on the run (talk) 07:31, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

Comment at Commons:Administrators/Requests/Well-Informed Optimist[edit]

Hey Optimist on the run,

I noticed your comment at Well-Informed Optimist's RFA. If you want I can nominate you. Natuur12 (talk) 21:02, 2 April 2017 (UTC)

Thanks - replied by email. Optimist on the run (talk) 07:25, 5 April 2017 (UTC)


Here you reverted my edit and state that «not all "now" pictures are opposite to "then" - some (e.g. Tal-y-llyn church) are almost unchanged.» Well, the concepts "now" and "then" are pretty much textbook cases of opposite-ness (even if "now" is synchronic, vs an endless range of diachronic "thens"). If some image pairs categorized here do not look opposite, then they are either miscategorized or they are actually showing perenity (they look the same now and then — but "now" and "then" are still opposite concepts). In neither case that means that my edit was wrong. But I wont revert you: improving categorization against your will is not worth the work I put on categories you aren’t looking at for the six months I’d be blocked for “edit warring”. Enjoy! -- Tuválkin 14:24, 13 May 2017 (UTC)

I reverted on the en:WP:BRD principle; personally I wouldn't consider that "now" is opposite to "then", and therefore that "comparisons" is a better description, but if you want to raise it as a discussion I won't oppose. Optimist on the run (talk) 18:32, 13 May 2017 (UTC)