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justberare
09-10-2009, 01:53 PM
Hi everyone,

I have never used Mappoint before and I am trying to get some railway distance out of it. I have a list of towns (orig. and dest.) and i'd like to know the distance between them by train.

Could somebody tell me if it's doable with mappoint ?

Thanks,

Ed

Mattys Consulting
09-10-2009, 02:38 PM
Ed,

You might be able to draw lines by hand to get the distance.
No other way that I can think of

Mike Mattys
Mattys Consulting - Custom Programming (http://www.mattysconsulting.com)

justberare
09-10-2009, 03:25 PM
thanks very much for this quick answer. :)

i have like a thousand of them actually so i 'll figure out an other way to proceed.

thx

ed

Winwaed
09-10-2009, 03:55 PM
Yes the railways are drawn on the maps, so you could trace them - but yes, very slow for hundreds or thousands of routes!

Also, the rail routes tend to look a bit out of date - or they do in North Texas.

Depending on where you are working and the required accuracy, then straight line might work?
If you know the cities along a route from A to B, then adding up the straight line segments might give an accurate enough route distance?
This would break down in places like the Scottish Highlands where routes are decidedly circuitous and with only a few stations.

Depending on your country, route distances might be published.

Richard

Eric Frost
09-10-2009, 04:20 PM
Depending on your country, route distances might be published.

I think this is really your best bet. Unless it is your job to come up with these calculations!

Eric

dglp
01-05-2010, 07:38 PM
FYI, Travelfooprint - Journey Emissions Calculator (http://www.travelfootprint.org/journey_emissions/) might help with some of those calculations. It's the only UK-based tool I've seen that gives any clue as to rail miles.

dapiper
03-17-2010, 08:55 AM
Hi everyone,

I have never used Mappoint before and I am trying to get some railway distance out of it. I have a list of towns (orig. and dest.) and i'd like to know the distance between them by train.

Could somebody tell me if it's doable with mappoint ?

Thanks,

Ed


Ed,

I work for a railroad in the U.S. and may be able to provide some guidance.

First of all, are you trying to find distances to move freight via boxcar, freight via intermodal, or people? The track available may be different depending on what's being moved.

Second, do you know if you will travel on only one railroad or multiple roads? Just because you see tracks on the map doesn't mean the railroad you started on will be able to take you to your final destination. If you have to switch railroads, you may have to go out of the way somewhat in order to make the connection.

For U.S. rail distances, most companies use a product called PCMiler Rail by ALK. If the distances are all within a particular region, contact the railroads that service that region for whatever it is you plan to move.

If you have a sample North American OD pair, I can tell you if a product like PCMiler Rail will work for you.

Regards,

Andy