I'm a bit of a QGIS noob when it comes to anything other than the basics so hoping someone has an easy solution to this. I am trying to use Open Railway Maps ( https://www.openrailwaymap.org/ ) as a basemap for a project and have had no success following multiple guides. I tried the method recommended in the wiki ( https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OpenRailwayMap/API#Usage_in_QGIS ) and this guide https://www.xyht.com/spatial-itgis/using-openstreetmap-basemaps-qgis-3-0/ . I have attached a screenshot of the result, it seems to only be displaying a segment of the map, I feel like this is probably some projection issue. What can I do to sort this out? enter image description here

  • Looks like your 'BRD Nikos' is projected (meters) - it will need to be in WGS84 for your data to overlay OSM/ORW tiles. see answer - do you have a link to that BR Nikos file?
    – Mapperz
    Apr 28, 2019 at 17:21
  • I'll post a zip of the files if the problems persist, once I got the open rail maps basemap to load it seems to be all overlaying properly.
    – Nikos
    Apr 28, 2019 at 18:14

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You will need OpenStreetMap tiles underneath the OpenRailWay tiles

you can use xyz tiles in QGIS

OpenRailway tile sets


OpenStreetMap tiles


To get this in QGIS:

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  • Interestingly now the Open Rail Maps shows up but the OSM basemap does not...not sure what the reason for that would be? But either way I can substitute another reference basemap easily enough, so thanks for getting the important bit working.
    – Nikos
    Apr 28, 2019 at 18:13
  1. Install featured QuickMapServices plugin.
  2. Open search pane and print openrailwaymap
  3. Push Add button
  4. In search pane print Mapnik
  5. Push Add button.

Expected result without printing magic urls are in screenshot below.

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