Railways - 25K OS map symbols

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This is one of a series of articles which give photographs of features on the ground which have standard symbols on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, and also show the symbol. See OS 25K map symbolsExternal link for introduction to the series, and links to other articles in it. Ordnance Survey have told us that although the symbols are copyright they allow them to be copied without charge or specific licence.

Click on a photo thumbnail to see a page with a larger photo, and other photo details. The photo page also has a section of the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map; click on that map to see an Ordnance Survey Get-a-map section of 1:25,000 scale map.

For railways there are only a few differences between symbols on 25K and 50 K maps. See Railway symbols on 50K mapsExternal link for our examples of the latter.
DescriptionSymbolPhotoNotes
Multiple track standard gauge OS 25K symbol - Multi track railway SD2904 : Railway and path past Altcar Training Camp by David HawgoodMap linkExternal link
Single track standard gauge  OS 25K symbol - single track railway SU8787 : Marlow to Maidenhead single track railway by David HawgoodMap linkExternal link
Narrow gauge or Light Rapid Transit System OS 25K symbol - Narrow gauge or Light Rapid Transit System TQ4381 : DLR junction, Beckton by Stephen CravenMap linkExternal link
Station on narrow gauge or LRTS OS 25K symbol - Station on narrow gauge or LRTS TQ4080 : West Silvertown DLR station by Stephen CravenMap linkExternal link
Road under rail OS 25K symbol - Road under rail NN8065 : Railway bridge over the old A9 near Calvine by Steven BrownMap linkExternal link
Road over rail OS 25K symbol - Road over rail SU9790 : Jordans: Potkiln Lane railway bridge by Nigel CoxMap linkExternal link
FootbridgeSometimes abbreviation "FB" SP1891 : Tracks times two, Water Orton by Michael WestleyMap linkExternal link
Level crossing OS 25K symbol - Level crossing SD2906 : Level crossing in Formby by David HawgoodMap linkExternal link
Cutting OS 25K symbol - Cutting SU9989 : Railway cutting at Gerrards Cross by David Hawgood910090
Tunnel OS 25K symbol - Tunnel TQ7560 : Southern portal of North Downs Tunnel by Kenneth YarhamMap linkExternal link
Embankment OS 25K symbol - Embankment SU5113 : Train on railway embankment by Peter FaceyMap linkExternal link
Station OS 25K symbol - Station SM9538 : Fishguard Harbour Station by David HawgoodMap linkExternal link
Siding OS 25K symbol - Siding TQ1678 : Northfields tube depot by David HawgoodMap linkExternal link


Map symbol images are Crown Copyright.
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