[Tagging] unfinished railway of historic importance

Richard Welty rwelty at averillpark.net
Sat Feb 25 00:23:30 GMT 2012


this is kind of an edge case, but a genuine one.

how do you tag a never-completed railway which has significant important 
landmark value
in the current landscape?

there is a railway cut and fill in the Manassas National Battlefield in 
northern Virginia
which wasn't completed 150 years ago and never will be, but it's still a 
significant feature
of the landscape, and was of major importance in the Civil War battle of 
Second Manassas
(so important that if the cut & fill hadn't been there, the battle might 
have been fought
elsewhere.) it is most assuredly still physically present in the 
landscape; here is one
of the cuts:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nfgusedautoparts/6921842009/in/set-72157629067291522

none of the "official" railway tags in the wiki cover it. i could, i 
supposed, use railway=unbuilt
(i've used highway=unbuilt for a couple of defunct proposals in Albany 
NY where other
mappers used highway=proposed for projects from the 60s that never got 
built and
never will be.) unbuilt isn't quite right, though, it was partially 
built and then failed.

railway=failed_project

or perhaps

railway=cut
railway=fill

representing places where work was done and is detectable, but the rest 
of the work wasn't
finished?

any thoughts or suggestions?

richard




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