[talk-au] Historical rail lines

Steve Bennett stevagewp at gmail.com
Thu Nov 29 03:01:38 GMT 2012

On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM, Matt White <mattwhite at iinet.com.au> wrote:

> Admin boundaries are a slightly different thing - they may be intangible
> on the ground, but they are also current. We don't keep historical versions
> of admin boundaries either
> The problem with the historical thing is that to my mind, it is a slippery
> slope. There's a park near me that is currently, well, a park. But I know
> that it was previously a quarry, and then a rubbish tip/landfill, cos there
> is a sign saying so. But I certainly wouldn't tag the parks as a quarry or
> landfill, because it isn't. It's a park....
IMHO this slope is not slippery. Every time the "do we map historical
stuff" debate comes up, it's always about train lines. That is, we're still
at the top of this supposedly slippery slope, waiting to slide down.
Somehow, train lines are different. They just are.

To reiterate what I said before in different words: we're not mapping "the
1890 route of a long forgotten train line". We're mapping the vestigial
traces of a former line. And I'm absolutely not proposing to record any
information about when lines opened or closed, or were re-routed or

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