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

william skora skorasaurus at gmail.com
Fri Jul 13 16:28:02 BST 2012

Although historical features such as abandoned railways can be
valuable information and interesting, OSM is a consists of physical
features that currently exist, as Shawn succinctly stated,
(I don't know if there's an official statement from the OSM Foundation
about it, but there's been a strong community consensus through
previous discussions supporting this).

With that in mind, adding a tag (railway=abandoned or railway=disused)
where the physical features (old spurs, gravel, underneath the bed) of
the railroad tracks are still visible are okay to be included in OSM
in my opinion, as Mike N mentions -

Historical items that no longer have a physical presence (like railway
lines) would be better suited to a separate entity that focuses on
historical ways.

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