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abandoned no more

Posted by wilpin on 6 November 2009 in English (English)

It looks like abandoned railway lines are at long last rendered.

Anything else 'new'?

Location: Newton Poppleford & Harpford CP, East Devon District, Devon, South West England, England, United Kingdom

Comment from chillly on 6 November 2009 at 11:14

I was really pleased they were *removed* from the general-purpose maps. They could be rendered on a specialist railway or historic map, but why show things that are barely discernible on the main maps?

This is a backward step.

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Comment from ianlopez1115 on 6 November 2009 at 13:33

What else is new? The buildings have a different shade. Or have a different color altogether (from chocolate-ish brown to something close to a mixture of gray, brown and black).

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Comment from dysteleologist on 6 November 2009 at 14:51

I'm kind of in agreement with chillly on this one in that I don't really see the point of *abandoned* lines being rendered on the main map (even though I have traced loads myself). However I am pleased that *disused* railway lines are being rendered again because they are usually still clearly visible landmarks/features.

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Comment from chillly on 6 November 2009 at 15:49

dysteleologist: What is really needed is a visibility tag or some way to say this disused or abandoned line is here and we can / can't see it. Only render it if it is visible. Some old lines have been traced from out-of-copyright maps with no regard to whether they are actually still visible on the ground. There's nothing wrong with them being in the database (they could be rendered on other maps such as a railway map) but only render what we can see today on Mapnik. Abandoned lines that become, say, cycleways just get rendered as a cycleway - that fine, they are a cycleway now.

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Comment from wilda69 on 6 November 2009 at 19:07

Its a bit like plotting old Roman roads. They only make sense if being put into perspective with existing roads. After all, OSM has the power to record what little is left of history.

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Comment from davespod on 7 November 2009 at 14:17

I too agree with chilly. Where the abandoned railway has been replaced by a road, the rendering is really busy and would leave a casual user of the map confused, e.g., here:

http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=53.39693&lon=-2.35824&zoom=16&layers=B000FTF

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