[Tagging] unfinished railway of historic importance

Bill Ricker bill.n1vux at gmail.com
Sat Feb 25 03:06:38 GMT 2012


On this, I'd consult Russ Nelson, the OSM diva of failed 19thC railroads.


On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM, Richard Welty <rwelty at averillpark.net> wrote:
> 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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