[Talk-us] Moving historic railroad ways from OSM to OpenHistoricalMap

Russ Nelson nelson at crynwr.com
Thu Apr 2 03:02:28 UTC 2015


Minh Nguyen writes:
 > On the ground, meanwhile, you'd tend to find no trespassing signs
 > on railbanked ROWs, no?

Railbanked railroads should always be tagged as railway=abandoned. The
whole point is that they *haven't* been dismantled or razed or
destroyed or whatever word you want to use for a railway that doesn't
exist anymore. Legally, it's still a railroad right-of-way whether it
has tracks or not. Even if a farmer has plowed it up, or someone has
built a house on it, it's still legally a railroad right-of-way.

Some dude in Whiteport, NY (right next to Whiteport School), thought
that the railroad behind his house had been dismantled / destroyed /
razed / whatever. He cut down the brush, and started mowing
it. Eventually he put an above-ground swimming pool on it. Poor
bastard now has a fence about five feet behind his house keeping him
off the railroad right-of-way, now part of the Wallkill Valley Trail.

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