[Tagging] Blatant tagging for the renderer: bridges & abandoned railways

Bryce Nesbitt bryce2 at obviously.com
Tue Mar 10 07:33:03 UTC 2015

On Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 5:53 PM, moltonel 3x Combo <moltonel at gmail.com>

> On 09/03/2015, Bryce Nesbitt <bryce2 at obviously.com> wrote:
> > I know it's a messy dividing line.  I see it as important context to
> > current day mapping.
> That's a fair point, but I've seen it pushed beyond reason too many
> times.....

I've also seen the opposite mapping issue, where an abandoned railway was
deleted from the map,
when in fact large chunks still exist.

> Also, if an abandoned railway has evolved into something else, then
> it's not an abandoned railway anymore. If you add a highway=cycleway
> tag, you should remove the railway=abandoned tag.

I don't see that railway=razed damages highway=cycleway.

The present day cycleway may well have photos of that same old railway on
interpretive signs.  The current cycleway may in fact be called a "rail to
trail".  Some people seek those out explicitly, because they're associated
with a flat grade and gentle curves.

In cases like this the history is* a part of a present day object.*

Railroads are special in part because they're large and long, far bigger
than any abandoned shop or razed cottage.
They leave a major footprint on the future world, one that's often apparent
well after the last bit of gravel is dug out and planted over.

It's more like tagging "shoe shop in a landmark beaux arts former post
office" than "turn left where the fruit stand used to be".
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