[Talk-ca] CanMap Rail -abandoned railways

Richard Weait richard at weait.com
Tue Jul 8 22:44:59 BST 2008

On Tue, 2008-07-08 at 08:13 -0700, Sam Vekemans wrote:
> Hi, im wondering if this datafile was used to show the rail lines
> across canada on OSM?
> "CanMap Rail v2007.3"
> i think its official, but harder to map- the rail crossings locations
> are easier to varify. - tagging if the intersection is phsically
> marked with crossing lights or not.
> Sam

Dear Sam,

I'm not sure I understand your question.  Are you asking if this data
file WAS used to map railways in Canada, or are you asking if it MAY be
used in future?  

I had a quick look for that file and Google found it at University of
Toronto.  The conditions of use linked from there suggest that the file
may not be used for conversion and upload to OSM as the data is
protected by copyright.  

I also had a quick look for railways mapped in OSM locally.  I see some,
but also see that some are missing.  That suggests that OSM users have
not done a conversion and upload from a comprehensive source like the
one you mention.  

So I think that the answers to your questions are "No" and "No".  Are
you asking how railways are being mapped and added to OSM?  I've added
railways by travelling by rail with my GPS and uploading trackfiles, and
by tracing from Y!WMS.  Others may have used other methods.  

Does this cover what you were asking?  

Best regards,

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