[Talk-GB] Thrapston viaduct

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Mon Jul 13 12:13:16 UTC 2015

On Mon, 2015-07-13 at 10:25 +0100, SK53 wrote:
> Bridges and other significant remaining infrastructure of railways
> tagged as railway=abandoned ceased to be rendered on the Standard
> rendering some time ago. There was a degree of dissension with this
> decision:
> https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/pull/542. 
> Certainly I recall a few grumps to that effect on the osm-gb IRC
> channel: not least because of the potential value of such routes for
> walkers & cyclists. 
I was certainly one of those, disused railways are important and very
visible features in rural parts of the UK. I suspect other countries
didn't suffer the stupidity of a  Dr Beeching in the way we did.

At the time I recall most of the arguments being about railways
appearing through housing estates and the solution seemed to be to hide
them rather than leave them and allow local mappers to correct the
tagging. If its gone and not visible then it should be tagged historic,
rather than abandoned.

I think this, and blue motorways, is a good argument for why we need a
UK render of the map.

Phil (trigpoint) 

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