Key:service

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Description

To provide additional information about a highway, railway etc

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Properties

Used on these elements

should not be used on nodes may be used on ways should not be used on areas use on relations unspecified

Status

Undefined Status: Undefined


The service tag is used to provide additional information about a highway, railway or waterway.

Highways

The service tag can be used to provide more information for a highway=service road. Add a oneway=yes/no tag if appropriate.

Railways

The service tag can be used on railway=* lines.

  • service=yard - for a railway track forming part of a marshaling yard. Use ref=<index number of the track> for the track reference is known.
  • service=siding - for short lengths of track, running parallel to (and connected to) a through-route. Generally used as a "passing zone" for trains, or as a storage area for rail cars (short or long term). In some cases, may be difficult to distinguish from two parallel main tracks.
  • service=spur - for short lengths of track, generally built to give one company or entity, access to the main lines. for example a coal-fired power station, a coal mine, a timber-mill, a cement works, etc. Use operator=<name of the operator that the spur serves> for the company served by the line e.g. Portland Cement, BHP Mining, etc.

Waterways

The service tag can be used to distinguish open man-made waterways (waterway=canal) between transportation, water power, or irrigation.