[Tagging] Miniature railways and park trains

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Sun Jan 17 21:43:16 UTC 2021

I think the two things are very different

The miniature trains are an attraction  in itself, with, in most cases no
transport aspect, and the are miniature railway rails, sometimes
steam-operated, if you are lucky.

The second one is a small road train for passengers on car wheels. Most of
them come from one single ,manufacturer: Dotto Trains
<https://www.dottotrains.com/en/> in Castelfranco Veneto (close by to where
I live). The Dotto trains have no rails.

The first type could be tagged as railway, the second one often as bus


On Sun, 17 Jan 2021 at 21:33, Tim Magee <timothy at eastlincoln.net> wrote:

> Many zoos (and other parks) in the US (and maybe elsewhere) have small
> trains. These trains are essentially "rides" in the amusement park sense
> of the word.
> According to the wiki right now, a miniature railway should be tagged as
> "railway=miniature". This tag [0] refers to "railways [that] are
> narrower than narrow gauge and carry passengers. They can often be found
> in parks." This is exactly what is often found in zoos and other parks
> throughout the US.
> The entry for "attraction=train" [1] is "a train used to visit a park
> and see other attractions or views", and "is not a roller coaster." This
> sounds like what we find at parks and can be described as a
> "railway=miniature". However, this same entry continues, "If there are
> rails, they can be drawn as [a line] and tagged roller_coaster=track. Do
> not tag them as any railway!"
> This suggestion does not make sense to me. If an "attracion=train" is
> *not* a roller coaster, why tag the rails as a roller coaster track?
> Also, why not use "railroad=miniature" given that its wiki entry
> describes an "attraction=train"?
> Further, the actual page for "attraction=train" [2] describes it as "A
> trackless train for the transport of tourists." This directly conflicts
> with the idea that it will often have rails.
> I propose the following language for attraction=train:
> A small train that exists primarily as an attraction rather than for
> transportation. Within a park, such a train will frequently allow riders
> to view the park. This is not a roller coaster as it does not exist as a
> thrill ride. It can have tracks or it can be a "road train".
> I also propose that we remove the language from "attraction:*" that
> suggests that we use "roller_coaster=track" for the track of an
> "attraction=train".
> Any comments or further suggestions?
> [0] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:railway%3Dminiature
> [1] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:attraction#Values
> [2] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:attraction%3Dtrain
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