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Distant signals are mounted at poles, bridges, roof edges etc. which are tagged with railway:signal:distant=*. The node is placed on the track. The value should begin with a country-operator-prefix, e.g.
- 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.
- mandatory: railway:signal:distant:form=sign/light/semaphore – type of signal (sign, light signal, semaphore signal)
- only light and semaphore signals railway:signal:distant:states=* – displayable signal apsects (e.g. stop, proceed, proceed at low speed, …). The value should begin with a country-operator-prefix, e.g.
- railway:signal:distant:repeated=yes/no – Sometimes distant signals are mounted twice or more often because the main signal can be hided
- railway:signal:distant:shortened=yes/no – Sometimes the distance between the main and the distant signal is shorter than usual.
- ref=* – signal number
Please go to the country-specific signal tagging pages for tagging/mapping railway signals.
- Austria, currently only available in German
- Czechia (Czech only)
- Finland, currently only available in Finnish
- Germany (ESO, i.e. heavy railways and narrow gauge railways), full version currently only available in German, English translation not finished yet
- Germany (BOStrab, i.e. trams, light rails and subways) (under draft), currently only available in German
- North America (United States, Canada, and Mexico)
- Poland (not yet finished, see also the earlier German version)
- Switzerland, currently only available in German
- United Kingdom