[Talk-transit] Old railways

Tijmen Stam mailinglists at iivq.net
Sun May 12 11:54:01 UTC 2019


In my environment, some people are adding old ("razed" railways to 
openstreetmak, of which no trace is visible in the field.
It concerns both old railways which have been gone since 1933, e.g. 
https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/592259029 (Note that this piece still 
is somewhat visible, as it is now a road and partially a cycle path).

Another example is a tram line in Amsterdam that has been gone for a 
year now <https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/672838805>, the area has 
been completely redeveloped, no trace of the old tram tracks remains.

Although I am a great fan of abandoned railways, IMHO such "razed" 
railways or other objects of which no trace remains, don't belong on OSM 
(although there is much discussion, see 

I only recently found out about openrailwaymap, but I can't find much 
information about it. It seems it gets its data from the OSM database.

Is there a way to store "razed" railways somewhere else, so they will 
show up on openrailwaymap but not on OSM (they are rendered on some 
renderers, e.g. OSMAND)

Funny anecdote: OSMAND showing abandoned railways has on one occasion 
led me to a detour because I thought I saw a footpath cross a canal 
where a razed railway has a very similar rendering.

Tijmen / IIVQ

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