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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway:position
Train milestone (aka).jpg
The location of railway objects Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: railways
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)may be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: de facto


The tag railway:position=* is used to tag the location of railway objects, along a railway line. The reference system is the so-called distance ribbon; a virtual line along the railway. A ribbon starts at a terminus or junction and ends at such a location as well. The position of an object is then referred to as 'the distance along the ribbon, to the start of the ribbon'. As described, the tag is used to tag the location of railway objects. They come in a wide variety: think of turnouts, signals and bridges for example. At the track, is often displayed by milestones / kilometre signs.


The values of Rounded number displayed on the sign. Mostly, this is the number, a decimal point, and then the first digit of the lower number. Negative values are permitted. If using miles, please prefix the number with mi:.

Railway milestones (in black), rendered by OpenRailwayMap.

See also