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combined signal (main and distant signal unified at one signal) Edit or translate this description.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination

railway=signal, railway:signal:direction=*, railway:signal:position=*

Status: in use

Objects having a tag railway:signal:combined=* are main signals. Signals are placed on the track. The value should begin with a country-operator-prefix, e.g. DE-ESO: or AT-V2.

Please note that a signal pole/bridge can carry multiple signal. That's why it can have multiple railway:signal:* tags. Combinations of combined and speed limit signals are very common.

Additional Keys

  • mandatory: railway:signal:direction=forward/backward/both – direction which the signal is valid for
  • railway:signal:position=left/right/overhead/bridge – position relative to the track (direction of OSM way) where the signal is located

There are a lot of additional tags which describe the signal in higher level of detail because every country (or even railway company) has its own signalling system.


Please go to the country-specific signal tagging pages for tagging/mapping railway signals.