[Talk-us] Abandoned railway

Hans De Kryger hans.dekryger13 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 30 05:32:10 UTC 2014


I ended up deleting it completely. But another mapper disagreed with my
edit and reverted some of it. Not sure if he reverted the entire thing. It
was my mistake completely. Thought everyone was in agreement. The link i
provided no longer shows the entire railway due to my deletion. But if you
follow the link and check the history of the area I'm sure you can find it.
Again sorry if i stepped on anyone's toes. Did not mean to at all.

Regards,
Hans
On Aug 29, 2014 9:42 PM, "Russ Nelson" <nelson at crynwr.com> wrote:

> Volker Schmidt writes:
>  > I would be a little bit more careful:
>  >
>  > If no bits of the railway survive, remove it. But if some bits are still
>  > there (e.g. buildings converted to different use, some pieces of railway
>  > bed, ...) it may be useful to maintain also some abandoned and now
>  > invisible objects in the database in order to be able to understand the
>  > former structure.
>
> Yes, exactly. I can point you to places where there are "no bits" of a
> railway left. And then I can point you to oddly connected roads, and a
> lack of buildings, or new buildings. How would you know why those
> things were that way if the railway that went through there has been
> deleted?
>
> And both abandoned and dismantled railways are rendered
> on specialized maps like OpenRailwayMap.org. They serve a purpose in
> the database.
>
> It's BAD ENOUGH that abandoned railways aren't rendered on the osm.org
> map at *some* zoom level. It's tolerable that dismantled railways
> aren't rendered. It's intolerable to recommend deleting something from
> the database just because *you* fail to see it.
>
> I fear that the deletionism infection has jumped from Wikipedia to
> OpenStreetMap.
>
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