Could someone point me to a source of line and point styles for QGIS (*.qml) - railways and transmission lines are the first two I've run up against, but I know there will be more.


You can make your own styles, it is pretty easy in QGIS. In the Layer Properties, under Style, click the Change button.

Step 1: Change the line colour to your desired colour (ie: black)
Step 2: Click the + (plus sign button)
Step 3: In the Symbol layers dialog box click the top Simple line
Step 4: With the top Simple line selected, change the Symbol layer type to Marker line
Step 5: A new window will pop-up, choose the vertical line in the graphics identified below
Step 6: Click Ok and Ok (you can customize the colours, spacing and sizes of all the lines
Step 7: In the Layers Properties Style tab, Click the Save as Style button and enter a name

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  • Excellent - that works perfectly for the railway; trying for an electric transmission line is next... – johnsankey Mar 10 '13 at 13:01
  • I'm not sure what your transmission line is suppose to look like, or I would have provided an example – Ryan Garnett Mar 10 '13 at 18:13
  • @Ryan or anyone that stumbles upon this, USGS styles for many features such as transmission lines can be found here pubs.usgs.gov/gip/TopographicMapSymbols/topomapsymbols.pdf – JMers Aug 27 '19 at 18:29

Well, Underdark generously shared some of her style files on this Github page.
pvanb also shared a lot of style files for both Grass and QGis.

  • Thanks for the links. I haven't managed to use pvanb's SLD styles so far because they use features not supported in QGIS8, but I'll keep trying. – johnsankey Mar 10 '13 at 12:59

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