[OSM-talk] Railways hierarchy

Hurricane McEwen hurricane at cloudmade.com
Mon Jan 19 01:24:50 GMT 2009


I can also see this being important for US Railways, as many railways  
are just freight lines here, while it might be handy to be able to  
label AMTRAK and it's stations separately....and with minor stations  
in a different zoom like Shaun recommends...

Hurricane McEwen


On Jan 18, 2009, at 4:30 PM, Shaun McDonald wrote:

> I'm more interested in the hierarchy of railway stations, which is
> similar to place name hierarchy problem. With the new rail maps that
> are showing up, the minor stations are showing up when the major
> stations are hidden at low to mid zoom.
>
> Shaun
>
> On 18 Jan 2009, at 21:25, Joe Hughes wrote:
>
>> This may be of interest to the new talk-transit list.
>>
>> Joe
>>
>> On Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 7:39 AM, Jose M. Duarte <jose.m.duarte at gmail.com
>>> wrote:
>>> Is there a standard way of tagging railways hierarchically? I can't
>>> find anything in the wiki about this.
>>>
>>> As with roads it would be nice to have data for what kind of railway
>>> line we are tagging. In many countries in Europe, e.g. Spain,
>>> different lines differ widely in the speed they can manage. There  
>>> are
>>> high speed lines (max 300km/h or more), fast ones (max 200km/h),  
>>> 19th
>>> century-like ones (80km/h or less)...
>>>
>>> Looking at tagwatch in France it seems that highspeed=yes has been
>>> used quite often. Of course that's cool but tagging with specific  
>>> max
>>> speed would be better as there is no clear definition as to what
>>> high-speed rail is [1].
>>>
>>> Also it is not only about speed, it would be good to have some kind
>>> of
>>> hierarchy that indicates whether a line is trunk, primary, secondary
>>> as with roads.
>>>
>>> That would help a lot in having sensible open rail maps, somebody
>>> posted recently in this list about a project to create rail maps for
>>> Europe, so I suppose there is some interest in this.
>>>
>>> What are people doing about this? Anybody can share their
>>> experiences?
>>>
>>> Thanks
>>>
>>> Jose
>>>
>>>
>>> [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-speed_rail
>>>
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