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[openrailwaymap] Harzer Schmalspur Bahn

robert rsn.osm at
Thu Apr 23 10:30:03 MEST 2015

Hi Alexander,

thanks for the in-depth explanation. Switching off the background map makes it 
a lot clearer. Now there are only the annotations, bridges, and some 
differently tagged tracks around train stations  ;-)

Large parts of the network of the "Harzer Schmalspur Bahnen" seems to be 
tagged as "Schmalspur". Only the Brockenbahn and the tracks between 
Wernigerode and Elend are not "Schmalspur"

Will have a look again at the openrailwaymap in a few days to see how the 
tourism tracks look like.

Thanks again

On Wednesday 22 April 2015 22:59:31 Alexander Matheisen wrote:
> Hi Robert,
> On Mi, 2015-04-22 at 13:46 +0200, robert wrote:
> > Dear OpenRailwayMappers,
> > 
> > recently I had a look at the marvellous openrailwaymap. I am astonished by
> > the many different classes for railway lines. Although commuting everyday
> > by train, I never imagined so many different track types.
> > 
> > One thing confused me, maybe you can enlighten me. Why is the 9701
> > "Brockenbahn" running to the top of the highest peak in the Harz mountains
> > neither "Schmalspur" nor "Museumsbahn" but a "Überleitgleis". Even more
> > confusing,  at some stations the parallel tracks are tagged as
> > "Schmalspurbahn" (e.g. Schierke).
> > 
> > According to the website of the "Harzer Schmalspur Bahnen"
> >
> > the "Brockenbahn" and the "Harzquerbahn" are claimed to be
> > "Schmalspurbahnen".
> the main tracks of the "Brockenbahn" and the "Harzquerbahn" are tagged
> with usage=tourism (btw. usage=tourism is not 100% correct for the
> Harzquerbahn as this line is also used for regular public transport).
> Currently the renderer does not show tracks that are tagged with
> usage=tourism. There is a ticket for it
> (, but we have
> not found a suitable color for these lines. I think as a first step, we will
> render those lines in black in the next few days.
> For your information: The main tracks are not rendered as crossover
> tracks ("Überleitgleis"), they are not rendered on the overlay. It
> appears that they are rendered as crossover tracks because of their
> rendering in the basemap . Select "No background map" in the layer
> selection to see this.
> Regards
> Alex

Robert Nuske
Nordwestdeutsche Forstliche Versuchsanstalt
Grätzelstr. 2
37079 Göttingen

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