[OSM-talk] Abandoned Rails

Blake Girardot bgirardot at gmail.com
Thu Aug 27 12:22:49 UTC 2015

On 8/27/2015 11:02 AM, moltonel 3x Combo wrote:

> There is no real-life trace left of
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/366610457 (amongst others) but it is
> currently in OSM.

To me that is mapped fine for a dismantled/abandoned railway.

There are visible signs of the railway on each end of that segment and 
if you know what you are looking at, the line of trees along the east 
side of the abandoned segment might even indicate something to an 
experienced mapper.

But more importantly, if you are mapping the visible segments to the sw 
and ne, why have gaps between them? Using the abandoned tag on that now 
less obvious segment seems like the most constructive, precise and 
useful way to map the overall former active line, much (most?) of which 
is still visible on the landscape.

Perhaps, "zooming out" and looking at the overall mapping context helps 
make the use of the "dismantled/abandoned mapping conventions clearer 
rather than only looking at one short, 10 meter segment in isolation.


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