Proposed features/Deprecate railway=preserved
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|Status:||Proposed (under way)|
|Definition:||deprecated, use railway:preserved=yes instead|
The downside of using railway=preserved is, that the original information about what kind of railway this part of track is, gets lost - i.e. it would be impossible to tag a heritage narrow-gauge or funicular railway.
The use in the community of railway=preserved has declined since the beginning of 2020, with railway:preserved=yes overtaking at the beginning of 2021 - This evolution can be seen in this graph: https://taghistory.raifer.tech/#***/railway/preserved&***/railway:preserved/yes
A major concern of some mappers is, that openstreetmap-carto currently doesn't render railway:preserved=yes correctly. There is an Issue at GitHub, and a Pull Request with a possible solution (rendering railway:preserved=yes in the same way as railway=preserved) addressing this problem, yet there is discussion as to solve this correctly - nevertheless, the issue is being addressed.
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