[Tagging] Named railway locations

Richard Mann richard.mann.westoxford at gmail.com
Mon Feb 20 16:03:02 GMT 2012

Well the British railway speak for such locations would probably be "TRUST
reporting point" or timing point. They are typically junctions, crossovers
or passing places (if there's no station). So I'm not sure there's a
"public" term available.

Maybe railway=location?


On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM, Harald Kliems <kliems at gmail.com> wrote:

> We recently had a discussion on the talk-ca list about named railway
> locations that had been tagged as railway=station (see this thread).
> It was proposed to take the discussion to the tagging list in order to
> come to a consensus that's consistent and in line with other
> countries.
> To quickly summarize the issue: there are a lot of railway=station
> tags in places where there is no train station. Instead, they are what
> has been described as follows:
> >  FYI, I work for a railway for what it's worth. Pretty much every 10
> > miles or so is a named location. I wouldn't tag it as a station but a
> > POI seems appropriate to me as a railroader :-) Rail fans would also use
> > the POI as reference points for photography and video.
> >
> >       Trains communicating with the dispatcher use these locations to
> > identify their location.
> >        Us railway folks, these name POI are part of our general
> conversation,
> > such as 73 is approaching Ridout.
> >         The names are chosen  using a similar process as say bridge
> names. The
> > could refer to a respected employee or as a memorial to an employee who
> > died while on duty. Around Ingersoll are Blain and Lihou who where
> > engineers who died in a head on train collision.
> Two examples in Montreal can be seen here ("Cape" and "Bridge")
> http://osm.org/go/cIrPCS5Q
> The various pages on railway tagging don't seem to provide an obvious
> tag for this situation, presumable because these named points don't
> exist in many other countries. It has been suggested to use the
> generic place=locality tag, but that doesn't seem to be ideal to me.
> Does anyone have suggestions on how to tag?
>  Harald.
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