Reference Data

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Three sets of reference data are available from Network Rail. The All Reference Data topic must be selected and subscribed to in the My Feeds tab of the data feeds site to be able to access the CORPUS and SMART data. The Train Planning data is available from this site. See the about the feeds page for more details.

Other useful reference sources are also listed.

Geospatial data

Network Rail have published a number of datasets containing geospatial data. These are licensed under the OGL and are available on the openraildata GitHub organisation.

The repository contains ESRI shapefiles and will be updated by means of an FOI request every three months. Additionally, Geopackage files have been created and are available in a separate release.

CORPUS: Location Reference Data

This is provided from the CORPUS system (Codes for Operations, Retail & Planning – a Unified Solution). The data is a periodically-updated snapshot of the CORPUS database. This can be used to translate STANOX, TIPLOC, NLC, UIC and 3-alpha (CRS) codes to location descriptions.

Downloading CORPUS Data

To download the data, visit

CORPUS Data Format

CORPUS data is supplied as a plain text file containing a JSON representation of the data. Entries comprise the following fields (not all fields may contain data):

Field Description
UIC UIC code
3ALPHA 3-letter location code
NLC NLC code
NLCDESC Description of the NLC
NLCDESC16 NLC description (16-character version)

SMART: Berth Stepping Data

The SMART database contains details of train describer berths and allows movements into berths to be translated into arrivals and departures from locations. The data feed contains a periodically-updated snapshot of the SMART database.

Downloading SMART Data

To download the data, visit

SMART Data Format

SMART data is supplied as a plain text file containing a JSON representation of the data. Entries comprise the following fields (not all fields may contain data):

Field Description
TD Train describer area
FROMBERTH TD berth that movement is from
TOBERTH TD berth that movement is to
FROMLINE Line which the movement is from
TOLINE Line which the movement is to
BERTHOFFSET Difference between the time the berth event occurs and the time to be recorded in TRUST, in seconds
EVENT One of A, B, C, D
STANOX STANOX code for location
STANME Abbreviated description of location
STEPTYPE One of B, F, C, D, I, T, E
EVENT Description
A Arrive Up
B Depart Up
C Arrive Down
D Depart Down
STEPTYPE Description
B Between
F From
T To
D Intermediate First
C Clearout
I Interpose
E Intermediate

An in-depth overview of how to use SMART data is available.

BPLAN Geography

Twice a year, a set of geographical data is released from Network Rail which contains data to be used when planning trains. It also includes other data, such as platform numbers at stations, and details of activity codes used in CIF.

The files are uploaded to the wiki, including an archive of some historical files, and are available on a separate page.

BPLAN was previously available through the separate Network Rail API Platform, but registrations are now suspended.

Train Planning Network Model

The Train Planning Network Model contains very detailed information on the network model used by ITPS, the Integrated Train Planning System.

Downloading the data

To download the data, visit

The raw data is XML in tarred bzip2 (tar.bz2) format

The current schema for the Network Model is available here.

The previous schema, valid until an unknown date in 2020, is available here.

Other Sources

  • Phil Deaves has compiled a reference site listing location codes (CRS, STANOX and TIPLOC) as well as a comprehensive listing of other railway codes
  • NaPTAN (National Public Transport Access Nodes) is provided by the Department for Transport and is the single government source for all public transport stops/stations in the UK, also including bus stops, ferry terminals, airports, metro stations, and heritage railways, as well as associated metadata, including the location of entrances to stations, and platform locations in some circumstances. Contains ATCO, CRS and TIPLOC codes and latitude/longitudes.

Programmatic Download

The CORPUS, SMART and TPS reference data can be downloaded programmatically using the command



  • <USERNAME> and <PASSWORD> are from your NR Open Data login
  • <FILENAME> is what you want the locally downloaded file to be called
  • <DATASET> is one of CORPUS, SMART or TPS

This allows you to automate download of the data when it is updated

Network Rail Open Data Feeds
Data Feeds About the Feeds Account States Durable Subscriptions Example Code ( PHP / C# / Java / Ruby / Node.js) • Advanced UsesFAQ Release Notes
Train Movements Train Movements Feed Train Activation Train Cancellation Train Movement Train Reinstatement Change of Origin Change of Identity Change of Location TSPEED Field Planned Cancellations Cancellation Codes
TD TD Feed C-Class Messages S-Class Messages Train Describers TD Berths
TSR TSR Feed Route Codes
SCHEDULE SCHEDULE Feed TIPLOC Records Schedule and Location Records Association Records CIF Codes How Scheduling Works Allowances
Reference Data Reference Data Feed TOC Codes CIF Codes Delay Attribution Codes Identifying Locations (STANOX, TIPLOC, NLC and 3-Alpha Codes) STANOX Geographical Areas Train Planning data