[Talk-us] railway=abandoned and mapping things that are not there any more?

Toby Murray toby.murray at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 19:20:33 BST 2012

On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM, Richard Fairhurst
<richard at systemed.net> wrote:
> Peter Dobratz wrote:
>> I'm trying to get a better understanding of the railway=abandoned
>> tag and see what the community thinks about it.
> FWIW there's been a similar discussion on talk-gb recently.
> The consensus seems to be railway=abandoned for railways where there's still
> some physical trace (and "you can see it from the air" includes that!), and
> railway=dismantled used fairly sparingly where there's no trace left.

Yeah I have no problem having railway=abandoned ways going through
wheat fields. As has been pointed out, you can still see traces even
20 years after the last train rolled through. But as soon as it hits
an area with other objects that conflict with it, I usually hack it
off and delete it outright. I had a friend complain to me about an
abandoned railway running right through the middle of a mall in his
city so I told him to just nuke it.


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