[talk-au] Historical rail lines
bareman at tpg.com.au
Mon Nov 26 00:07:49 GMT 2012
On Sun, 25 Nov 2012 17:15:59 +1100
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:
> 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.
I'm in two minds about removing 'historical' data.
Yes, objects no longer visible on the ground shouldn't be rendered on the map.
BUT, by default, OSM has become a source for mappers doing more than mere street maps and the loss of historical data would be a serious setback.
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