[talk-au] Historical rail lines

Steve Bennett stevagewp at gmail.com
Sun Nov 25 09:29:00 GMT 2012

Hi Matt,
  The question about mapping old, historical features is much wider than
just the Australian context. I'm pretty sure the current consensus is that
we old rail lines should be mapped - even if there is not much to see on
the ground. There might be more than you think - there's a station building
(now a community hall, I think), other things too, perhaps. There are
probably other former railways about with much less to see (the Rosstown
Railway comes to mind) - at least with this one there are physical remnants
such as tracks.

So, yes, I object. Feel free to raise the issue on the main OSM talk list


On Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 5:15 PM, Matt White <mattwhite at iinet.net.au> wrote:

> A question for the list regarding historical/disused rail lines.
> The old inner circle rail line in Melbourne is mapped in OSM, and I'm
> unconvinced of it being a good thing. Here's a little bit of it that I can
> talk about with some local knowledge of: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?**
> lat=-37.780512&lon=144.982887&**zoom=18&layers=M<http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=-37.780512&lon=144.982887&zoom=18&layers=M>
> Given that there is pretty much no trace of the rail line left, why are we
> mapping it? It was "on the ground" 30 years ago, but it certainly isn't now.
> (That said, there are some small pieces of the track remaining - where it
> crosses Rae St and Brunswick St Nth, two or three 15 metre sections + a set
> of points just north of the end of Birkenhead St (including what appears to
> be an old rail weighbridge), and a short three metre section in Edinburgh
> Gardens, and the old North Carlton station building is still there)
> If there are no complaints, I'm going to remove it. It's historical, and
> appears on old maps, but does not exist today.
> Matt
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