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I’m : a web and mobile developer based in the Manning Valley, Australia.


National Rail (UK)

Some notes on the National Rail service in the UK which I'll be using to retrieve a list of stations and associated GPS co-ordinates.

Station Listing

CRS Codes, otherwise known as the 3 letter station codes, are available from this link. An example would be VIC for London Victoria. These codes save a bit of time when completing forms on their sites and are used for the SMS service as well as API calls.

Station Details

To obtain station details you would construct a URL such as http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations//localarea.html replacing with the 3 letter CRS code from above. Nice bits you'll find in there include the latitude/longitude of the station. You'll need to screenscrape the details but it's easy enough to find:

    addLoadEvent(
        function() {
            load(51.495261392, -0.1445405931, '');
        }
    );

API

A SOAP interface is available from http://www.livedepartureboards.co.uk/ldbws/

Downloads

After a bit of experimenting with Python, BeautifulSoup and Google App Engine I've now got a .sql file which you can download that lists all the stations (as of 26 July 2009) with their names, codes and latitude and longitude. Download here