[OSM-talk] stop deleting abandoned railroads

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Sat Aug 15 09:19:41 UTC 2015

I would like to argue for a general
do-not-remove-if-you-do-not-have-the-original-mapper's-ok-beforehand policy
for these and similar cases.

I have myself mapped a couple of abandoned railways where the remains were
often no longer recognizable individually as traces of a former railway,
but as a whole, in particular in satellite photos it is clearly visible.
This includes roads, paths, and vegetation strips that mark the former
track, and former railway buildings.
In my case the specific interest is to keep the memory of these former
railway routes alive with the scope to have documentation ready to argue
for the (partial) re-utilization as bicycle routes.

Two other types of routes, not railway-related, also spring to mind:

Historic Route 66 (which is actually being recreated as an official USBRS
route for cycle tourists, trying to follow as much as possible the original

Another example where historic roads have traditional appeared on maps are
the Roman Roads on UK Ordnance Survey maps.

Best regards from Italy

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