trackmap.net update: Sweden

I have updated the two track maps for the Malmö and Helsingborg areas in southern Sweden. These maps used to be based on sketches I did in 2000; now they are mostly brought up to last August. Some follow-up work on the Citytunneln connection was still going on at that time; I'm planning an excursion this summer to find out how it ended up.

Meanwhile, I have done a few additional updates on the Copenhagen map: The nortwestern end of the Helgoland depot was rebuilt some years ago; the map has now been changed to fit. And the line maintenance sidings between the S-train tracks north of Hellerup were probably never shown correctly – I've redrawn that part of the map from scratch.


dk.trackmap.net update

Skyscrapercity.com member Spikespiegel noticed that map A was missing a crossover between the main tracks in the south end of Holte. This error is now fixed.

Looking through my backups, it turns out that the map did actually show this crossover until April 2006, where I updated the map based on fresh observations. Apart from this there's no evidence that the crossover has ever not been there, so I think I simply lost it on the editing floor while removing a siding east of the northbound track which was removed in reality around then.


More track map changes

After the last post I continued tinkering with the maps for some days. This bout of activity petered out without any announcement being made, but in the interest of history, I should document more or less what happened:

  • I managed to relayout map A such that it now has room (within my arbitrary limits for how large the image is allowed to be) for the long-distance tracks from Glostrup to Høje Tåstrup, which were previously on map C. Map A now includes all long-distance tracks that run beside the S-train network.
  • As part of this, I redrew the tracks near the platforms at København H. The new drawing shows the same track topology but with less distortion of the real-world geometry. The only downside is that platform tracks 1–4 are now shown at an angle to 5–12 which they are not in reality. But overall I consider it an improvement.
  • The new layout at map A also made room for most of the still surviving tracks at København G, excluding the locomotive depot and workshops (looking mostly like they did on the now-historic map F), and some tracks described in my sources only as "track group 200". The latter must be some of the freight tracks that remain west of the Dybbølsbro, but I'm not sure exactly which.
  • A new crossover between the S-train tracks at Bavnehøj was installes in 2007, such that the station now has crossovers in both directions.
  • The S-train formery known as Gammel Toftegård was renamed to Egedal on 2011-12-04. In what looks like a departure from usual practice, its abbreviation was changed too, from Gtg to Egd. When Godthåbsvej was renamed to Grøndal in 1996, it kept its abbreviation Ght.
  • The liberated space on map C was put to use showing the western end of the coming high-speed line Copenhagen–Ringsted.
  • Also on map C, I updated the map of Ringsted, based on Google Maps orthophotos. Normally I'm wary of using that as a source because it is unknown when the photos are from, but in this case the orthophotos showed switches in the new track 0 which I know from other sources were installed in the spring of 2010, so they are definitely newer than my latest personal observations.
  • Glumsø station was rebuilt in October 2009 with side platforms instead of one side and one middle platform.
  • Last, I finally took time to ride the Copenhagen metro (map M) with a sketchpad in hand, and noticed several inaccuracies in the previous maps which I'd based off early project blueprints originally supplied by the Metro company.


Updated: track map for Copenhagen

Look, an update at dk.trackmap.net! Yes, I am in fact still alive. Amazing, huh?

Specifically, I have updated map A with some news in central Copenhagen:

  • The fourth platform track past Dybbølsbro opened last August. High time, one might say -- it has been more than ten years in the making!
  • Two new tracks between København H and Ny Ellebjerg are nearing completion, on ground that was formerly occupied by the approach to the freight yard and large parts of the freight yard itself. Said freight yard is now a shadow of its former self, and currently handles no freight at all. It is still connected by a temporary track from the central stration (since locomotives must move to and from the locomotive depot at the freight yard), and when the new line opens the remnants of the freight yard will be connected to it.
  • At the beginning the new line will just be used to increase capacity between København H and Hvidovre Fjern, where the platforms at Valby currently limit capacity when regional trains call there. Eventually, however, it will become the first part of a brand new high-speed line (such as it goes in Denmark, where 250 km/h is "high speed") to Ringsted. I've added an outline of that new line to the map, especially with some details about its intermediate station Køge Nord with a transfer possibility to the S-train lines.
  • Some storage tracks for regional trains at Østerport added to the map. They've been there for years, but I haven't got around to mapping them until now.
  • The S-train tracks at Ny Ellebjerg are not shown as being under construction. They opened in the winter of 2006-2007.
Other minor changes: The airport branch if the metro is not shown as under construction anymore; it opened in September 2007. The schematic on the map is still the one I got from the Metro company early in planning; I'll have to go out there and verify it sometime...

Also, the overview map has been updated to reflect the above changes.

By the way, trackmap.net was inaccessible for a week and a half during April, because I'd forgotten to pay the domain name fees. The domain is now renewed, and the problem should not reoccur before 2014 ...