|Identifies which branch of a brand or chain this object represents, or controversially the name of a branch railway.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: in use|
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The key branch=* is used to either identify which branch of a brand or chain an object or community represents, or controversially the name of a branch railway.
- name=* should hold what can be physically observed on signs at the individual branch.
- Also see operator=*
This page previously proposed: "For smaller towns with only one branch, give the name of the town. For cities with multiple branches, give the name of a neighborhood, street or intersection. Note that this is often both less complex than and different from the address."
However, OpenStreetMap follows the on-the-ground principle: we map what features are called locally, usually indicated by signs or other verifiable evidence. Do not invent a branch name which is not used locally, outside of OpenStreetMap.
As of 2020, this key is used on many railway=* ways to indicate branch line names. These may be cases where name=* needs to be moved to operator=*, and branch=* needs to be moved to name=*. It may also be more appropriate to create a route relation with route=railway to map the branch or line. (See OpenRailwayMap/Tagging for more information.)
Hutterite Colonies consist primarily of four branches that branched out from each other in the 1800s.
This key is the used as branch=* (one of the four above branches) together with community=hutterite.
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