Tagging dual tram networks

Posted by tule00 on 30 September 2017 in English (English)

Hi everyone,

So, the worldwide standard for railway gauge is 1435 mm, and most tram/streetcar networks use that. However, another popular gauge for trams is 1000 mm. In some cities, it's possible to have two independent tram networks with different gauges.

My question is: do you think it could be tagged differently? I want them to be rendered differently, but I don't know which tag to use. I considered S-Bahn (light rail), but I don't think that's a good solution (for example, if I already have light rail in my city).

Any thoughts or ideas?

EDIT: The conclusion is that it's better to make a map in the wiki than render it in OGF.

Comment from Myrcia on 30 September 2017 at 06:37

There's no problem with tagging the gauge but you will struggle to get them rendered differently. As you say the nearest thing would be light rail and that is not accurate if it's a tram network.

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Comment from tule00 on 30 September 2017 at 07:06

I know that gauge can be tagged, but I want it to be tagged visibly. If possible, that is.

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Comment from martinum4 on 30 September 2017 at 07:20

Well, you could make a coloured overpass-query, but thats not really rendering. Another option would be a full blown geoinformation suite like grassgis or qgis. A smaller solution would be Maperitive.

Anyway, in all three cases you have to put a little bit of work in it, the easiest would be an overpass query IMHO.

Kind Regards


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Comment from tule00 on 30 September 2017 at 07:51

Like you said, that isn't really rendering. But whatever, I can live with it. Also, making a map in Maperitive sounds cool.

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Comment from Sarepava on 30 September 2017 at 08:41

Is it particularly important to the map user? After all, they simply wish to see where the tracks go, gauge is only important if its not clear a tram cannot travel from anywhere over the entire network. You could use the name= tag to indicate 1000mm or 1435mm.

I think a wiki article illustrated by a schematic map would be the most practical solution here.

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