Key:railway

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Mapping-Features-Railroad-With-Station.png
Description
The railway tag is used to mark all kinds of railways, railway infrastructure or other transports using rails.
Group: Railway
Used on these elements
may be used on nodes
may be used on ways
may be used on areas
may be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: unspecified

Usage

See also Railways

The railway tag is used to tag the ways for many kinds of railways including including light rail, mainline railways, metros, monorails and Trams. Besides the actual rails, it is also used for tagging railway infrastructure.

Values

See below for table:



Key Value Element Comment Rendering Photo
Track
railway abandoned Way The course of a former railway which has been abandoned and the track and infrastucture removed. The course may be still recognized through embankments, cuttings, bridges, tunnel and rolling or straight ways.
Abbey Barn Lane Bridge, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.jpg
railway construction Way A railway under construction. See construction=* and the construction=yes proposal Proposed_features/Construction
Verlegen FF Rheda.jpg
railway disused Way A section of railway which is no longer used but where the track and infrastructure remains in place. See disused=yes for alternative tagging. Rendering-railway disused.png
Disused railtrack 101 5351.jpg
railway funicular Way Cable driven inclined railways. In many cases they serve touristic interest, giving easy access to spectacular mountain views. Rendering funicular.jpg
Vilnius funicular.jpg
railway light_rail Way A higher-standard tram system, normally in its own right-of-way. Often it connects towns and thus reaches a considerable length (tens of kilometer). Pittsburgh LRT 4305 47L Gateway to Library April 2008.jpg
railway miniature Way Miniature railways are narrower than narrow gauge and carry passengers. They can be found in parks.
Mini-railway-mapnik.png
3871553552 f2204c3d83 o.jpg
railway monorail Way A railway with only a single rail. A monorail can run above the rail like in Las Vegas and Disneyland or can suspend below the rail like the Wuppertal Schwebebahn (Germany)
Monorail in Kuala Lumpur
railway narrow_gauge Way Narrow-gauge passenger or freight trains. Narrow gauge railways can have mainline railway service like the Rhaetian Railway in Switzerland or can be a small light industrial railway. Use gauge=* to specify the actual width of rails. Rendering narrow gauge.jpg
Narrow gauge.jpg
railway preserved Way A railway running historic trains, usually a tourist attraction (changed to preserved from preserved_rail as "rail" is redundant).
Railway preserved rendered.PNG
Railway preserved.jpg
railway rail Way Full sized passenger or freight trains in the standard gauge for the country or state Mapping-Features-Railroad-With-Station.png LGV Est PK217.jpg
railway subway Way A city passenger rail service running mostly grade separated (see Wikipedia:rapid transit).
800px-Madrid - Estación Marqués de Vadillo - 20060910.jpg
railway tram Way One or two carriage rail vehicles, usually sharing motor road (Other languages) Mapping-Features-Tram-With-Halt.png Praha, Hloubětín, Lehovec, tram KT8D5.JPG
Additional features
bridge yes Way If the railway goes over a street, waterway or other railway.
Railway bridge mapnick render.jpg
Railway bridge.jpg
cutting yes Way A section where the railway is significantly lower than ground level
Railways cutting.jpg
electrified contact_line / rail / yes / no Way contact_line: a power line over the train head
rail: a third rail near the track supplying the train with power
yes: electrified track, but no details available
no: track with no power supply
Overhead power lines.jpg
embankment yes Way A section where the railway is raised significantly higher than ground level Railway embankment.jpg
frequency number [kHz/MHz/GHz] Way The frequency with which a line is electrified. Use 0 for DC. Also see the voltage tag.
service siding Way Relatively short lengths of track, running parallel to (and connected to) a main route
service spur Way Relatively short lengths of track, built to give one company or entity access to a main or branch line.
service yard Way Tracks within railway company operated marshaling or maintenance yards
tracks number Way Number of parallel tracks in close proximity when mapped as a single way. If not given means unknown and defaults to 1. In many parts of the world the tracks are being drawn out separately so that there is more detail, in which case this tag isn't used.
tunnel yes Way If the railway goes below ground. Should be always present on subways. Haywards Heath tunnel.jpg
usage main / branch / freight / industrial / military / tourism Way

main line: heavy traffic
branch line: connecting places with a mainline
freight: freight service only
industrial: servicing large plants (iron, chemical etc.), surface mining, ...
military: servicing military area
tourism: most mountain rails (rack-rails, funicular) and preserved railways.

voltage number Way The voltage with which a line is electrified. Also see the frequency tag.
Stations and Stops
railway halt Node A small station, may not have a platform, trains may only stop on request. Mapping-Features-Tram-With-Halt.png
Railway halt.jpg
public_transport platform Node Way Area This is parallel to the rail line for showing where the actual platforms are. It is also to know where you can change platform and enter the station, so use footpaths to connect them. This is really useful for routing too.
Dscf0807-800.jpg
railway station Node Area Railway station (Other languages). Mapping-Features-Railroad-With-Station.png
Paddington Station.jpg
railway subway_entrance Node The entrance to a subway station, usually going from surface to underground.
Madrid-metro-1.jpg
railway tram_stop Node A tram stop is a place where a passenger can embark / disembark a tram.
Rendering-railway-tram stop-mapnik.png.png
Dscf1400-600.jpg
Other
railway buffer_stop Node stops the train at the end of a track. see Buffer_stop
Stootblok (staal).jpg
railway derail Node a device used to prevent fouling of a rail track by unauthorized movements of trains or unattended rolling stock. See Derail_(railroad)
US derail detail.JPG
railway crossing Node A point where pedestrians may cross. Dscf1407-600.jpg
railway level_crossing Node A point where rails and roads cross.
Rendering-railway-level crossing-mapnik.png
Level crossing - Chertsey - England - 270404.jpg
landuse railway Area Ground used around railways and railway-stations
Illustration of Rail.jpg
railway switch Node Full Connections between railways (aka 'points') Railway switch.JPG
railway diamond Node Crossing rails with no interconnection
railway turntable Node Area These are used for changing the direction that part of a train is pointing in.
Turntable of Railroad 001.jpg
railway roundhouse Area A semicircular building with many stalls for servicing engines.
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railway user defined Node Way All commonly used values according to Taginfo

This table is a wiki template with a default description in English. Editable here.