[talk-au] Historical rail lines

Ian Sergeant inas66+osm at gmail.com
Sun Nov 25 10:28:04 GMT 2012


I'm pretty sure we've reached consensus in the past that if there is
absolutely no evidence of it on the ground - no tunnels - no cuttings - no
tracks.  In other words there was a railway line, but now it is a shopping
mall, then it doesn't get mapped.  We don't maintain layers of history in
OSM right now.

If there is evidence still on the ground, then we have tags for that.

What is the source for the data that is there, if there is no evidence on
the ground?  Where was it copied from?


On 25 November 2012 17:15, 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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