Command line tool to put the GB rail DTD feed into a MySQL compatible database

Usage no npm install needed!

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An import tool for the British rail fares, routeing and timetable feeds into a database.

Although both the timetable and fares feed are open data you will need to obtain the fares feed via the ATOC website. The formal specification for the data inside the feed also available on the ATOC website.

At the moment only MySQL compatible databases are supported but it could be extended to support other data stores. PRs are very welcome.

Download / Install

You don't have to install it globally but it makes it easier if you are not going to use it as part of another project. The -g option usually requires sudo. It is not necessary to git clone this repository unless you would like to contribute.

npm install -g dtd2mysql


Each of these commands relies on the database settings being set in the environment variables. For example DATABASE_USERNAME=root DATABASE_NAME=fares dtd2mysql --fares-clean.


Import the fares into a database, creating the schema if necessary. This operation is destructive and will remove any existing data.

dtd2mysql --fares /path/to/RJFAFxxx.ZIP


Removes expired data and invalid fares, corrects railcard passenger quantities, adds full date entries to restriction date records. This command will occasionally fail due to a MySQL timeout (depending on hardware), re-running the command should correct the problem.

dtd2mysql --fares-clean



Import the timetable information into a database, creating the schema if necessary. This operation is destructive and will remove any existing data.

dtd2mysql --timetable /path/to/RJTTFxxx.ZIP

Convert to GTFS

Convert the DTD/TTIS version of the timetable (up to 3 months into the future) to GTFS.

dtd2mysql --timetable /path/to/RJTTFxxx.ZIP
dtd2mysql --gtfs-zip filename-of-gtfs.zip

Routeing Guide


dtd2mysql --routeing /path/to/RJRGxxxx.ZIP
# optional
dtd2mysql --nfm64 /path/to/nfm64.zip 

Download from SFTP server

The download commands will take the latest full refresh from an SFTP server (by default the DTD server).

Requires the following environment variables:

SFTP_HOSTNAME=dtd_hostname (this will default to dtd.atocrsp.org)

There is a command for each feed

dtd2mysql --download-fares /path/
dtd2mysql --download-timetable /path/
dtd2mysql --download-routeing /path/
dtd2mysql --download-nfm64 /path/

Or download and process in one command

dtd2mysql --get-fares
dtd2mysql --get-timetable
dtd2mysql --get-routeing
dtd2mysql --get-nfm64


null values

Values marked as all asterisks, empty spaces, or in the case of dates - zeros, are set to null. This is to preverse the integrity of the column type. For instance a route code is numerical although the data feed often uses ***** to signify any so this value is converted to null.


Although every record format has a composite key defined in the specification an id field is added as the fields in the composite key are sometimes null. This is no longer supported in modern versions of MariaDB or MySQL.

missing data

At present journey segments, class legends, rounding rules, print formats and the fares data feed meta data are not imported. They are either deprecated or irrelevant. Raise an issue or PR if you would like them added.

timetable format

The timetable data does not map to a relational database in a very logical fashion so all LO, LI and LT records map to a single stop_time table.

GTFS feed cutoff date

Only schedule records that start up to 3 months into the future (using date of import as a reference point) are exported to GTFS for performance reasons. This will cause any data after that point to be either incomplete or incorrect, as override/cancellation records after that will be ignored as well.


Issues and PRs are very welcome. To get the project set up run

git clone git@github.com:planarnetwork/dtd2mysql
npm install --dev
npm test

If you would like to send a pull request please write your contribution in TypeScript and if possible, add a test.


This software is licensed under GNU GPLv3.

Copyright 2017 Linus Norton.