[Tagging] What exactly is a preserved railway?

Nathan Edgars II neroute2 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 16 19:42:57 GMT 2011


According to the wiki, railway=preserved means "A railway running 
historic trains, usually a tourist attraction". The concept is simple 
enough. But there are some edge cases. Which of these is a preserved 
railway?
1. A railway running replicas of historic trains
2. A tourist railway running modern trains on a preserved line (example: 
the White Pass and Yukon Route has new diesels from the 1980s, newer 
than some older diesels still used on major freight railroads)
3. A streetcar line running historic streetcars in regular commuter 
service (example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattapan_High_Speed_Line)
4. A tourist railway using neither preserved trackage nor preserved trains
5. An amusement park railway, using either historic or recent trains

4 and sometimes 5 seem to not fit the definition or its intent, yet are 
not standard rail lines (thus railway=rail seems incomplete). Perhaps 
something like railway=tourist would better capture the intent.



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