[talk-au] Historical rail lines

Matt White mattwhite at iinet.com.au
Thu Nov 29 20:30:38 GMT 2012

Right. So if I delete the mapped rail line that doesn't exist, then 
remap the individual pieces of track, the remaining point and 
weighbridge, three overhead pylon mounts, one remaining station and one 
cutting that remains as historical artifacts, then everyone is cool?

If it exists on the ground now, it will get mapped. Otherwise, it won't.


On 29/11/2012 4:46 PM, Paul Norman wrote:
> Actually, the slope is slippery. People have made it about old roads. 
> There are people who have mapped old roads where they have been 
> completely developed over and no trace remains.
> Mapping the traces of an old rail line isn't historical mapping. If 
> there are currently traces there then it's mapping the present.
> *From:*Steve Bennett [mailto:stevagewp at gmail.com]
> *Sent:* Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:02 PM
> *To:* Matt White
> *Cc:* talk-au
> *Subject:* Re: [talk-au] Historical rail lines
> On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM, Matt White <mattwhite at iinet.com.au 
> <mailto: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 whatever.
> Steve

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