[Tagging] railway=rail vs. railway=subway

Mark Wagner mark+osm at carnildo.com
Thu Nov 24 08:25:30 UTC 2016

On Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:45:04 -0800 (PST)
Michael Tsang <miklcct at gmail.com> wrote:

> > I don't follow this.  light rail is about the cars being lighter and
> > perhaps the rails being built to a lower weight limit, and it isn't
> > about grade crossings.  Around me there is real rail with fll-sized
> > enginers and is fully freight capable that has level crossings.
> > Definteliy not light_rail because of crossings.  
> I should clarify that the level crossing of light rails should be not
> actively protected, i.e. do not have fences which come down before
> the train passes. One of the major criteria between tram / light rail
> and metro / full-size train is the ability to run within other
> traffic.
> Do you have any examples where a freight train have to wait for a red
> light at a street intersection, or runs on a stretch of street with
> motor traffic?

It's not a red light, but there's a stretch of Whitman Street in
Palouse, Washington, where a freight line runs down the middle of the
road.  No idea if the trains need to obey the stop signs, though.


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