Proposed features/Magnetic levitation train

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Magnetic levitation train
Status: Voting (under way)
Proposed by: erkinalp
Tagging: railway=maglev
Applies to: Way
Definition: Railway with maglev propulsion
Rendered as: Like railway, with blue and red stripes instead of grey and white stripes.
Drafted on: 2017-09-17
RFC start: 2017-09-17
Vote start: 2017-10-06


Maglev trains are currently in experimental stage. They are a potential means of passenger transport and may appear more widely.


Maglev and adhesion trains have incompatible rails, hence need different tagging.

Current Tagging

Taking a quick look at a few examples of existing (or disused or currently under construction) maglev lines on osm, here's what they are tagged at the moment:

Line Status Tagging OSM Example
Shanghai Maglev Train operational railway=monorail
(partially additionally monorail=maglev)
Way 230069187 (iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, XML)
Way 230069188 (iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, XML)
Incheon Airport Maglev operational railway=monorail + monorail=maglev Way 227558575 (iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, XML)
Linimo operational railway=light_rail Way 45169095 (iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, XML)
Emsland test facility disused railway=disused + monorail=maglev Way 35745955 (iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, XML)
Chūō Shinkansen under construction railway=rail + note=maglev Way 519177029 (iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, XML)

(feel free to further extend this list of examples) (Tyr)

This proposal will bring these different taggings into a standardised single way of tagging, if we do not run into XKCD 927.



Applies to

Same types of features railway=rail apply.

Possible rendering

Like railway, with blue and red stripes instead of grey and white stripes (First rendering of maglev in any major online map). Blue and red are chosen as they are usually used in magnet illustrations in order to denote north and south poles of magnetic field.

Features/Pages affected

External discussions


Please comment on the discussion page.


Usual voting rules apply(at least 15 votes with majority approval and at least 8 approvals). Voting extension effective by November 18th.

  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal, as the originator. Erkin Alp Güney (talk) 08:23, 6 October 2017 (UTC)
  • I oppose this proposal I oppose this proposal. I strongly disagree with "Maglev and adhesion trains have incompatible rails, hence need different tagging." First part is true, second may be true but implication is false. For example - rails with incompatible gauge and their tagging. Also, is this vote announced anywhere like a mailing list? Also, what is the point of "possible rendering" section? Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 22:30, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
Yes, vote announced, see [1].
Railways with different gauges do not need to be rendered differently because they have gaps or large sheds at gauge changeover locations. Erkin Alp Güney (talk) 15:09, 23 November 2017 (UTC)