Proposed features/Disused railways

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Status: Obsoleted (inactive)
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Tagging: railway=disused

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this proposal has been removed from the proposals page, as it is already a map feature

Maybe we need to differentiate between a disused railway, with the rails and track still intact, and a dismantled railway, with the track lifted. Welshie 20:21, 6 Jul 2006 (UTC)


'Out of use' is the standard UK term for a railway where the track is still present, but no trains run. --Richard 16:28, 13 September 2006 (BST)
What about such railways which are not in use anymore for people, but still in use for industrial goods? --Plenz 19:10, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
These should just be tagged as railway=rail. Morwen 19:11, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
This may fool people who use the map for planning a railway trip. --Plenz 22:16, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
Well, they should use a railway timetable for that! A geographical map is particularly unsuited for planning rail journeys. Seriously, there are many freight-only railways in the UK and these are all tagged railway=rail, so it shouldn't present a problem. Morwen 22:50, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

Why only for Railways?

Perhaps we need the same for highways. Also i think its important which type the railway was before it was disused. I would suggest:

railway=tram use_status=disused

or (for a highway)

highway=motorway use_status=disused

The should be also: under_construction and planing


This property can also be useful for buildings

Perhaps we need also a ready date?Sven Anders 07:19, 6 September 2006 (BST)

.. Nice idea, but it wouldn't really cope with a former railway track that is now a highway=cycleway. The fact that it used to be a railway track is of great interest to cyclists, because historically, railway tracks are nice and easy gradient. Welshie 15:40, 13 September 2006 (BST)

For this you would need a property tag such as old_way = railway_rail ie
or in the case of a cycleway near me
--Batchoy 17:00, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

This tag is in use!

On 19 September 2006 the tags railway=disused and railway=abandoned were added to the Map features page. I would like to move this to Approved features for clarity, but there has been no visible voting.... --Cartinus 19:05, 6 January 2008 (UTC)

it's probably one of the original features that were developed at the start of OSM, before voting took place. i think it's established enough to leave it at that Myfanwy 02:54, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

this proposal has been removed from the proposals page, as it is already a map feature