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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway:signal:distant
Vorsignale Streckenabschnitt Bahnhof Möhren (Bayern) (13516854745).jpg
distant signal Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: railways
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination

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

Status: in use

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. DE-ESO: or AT-V2.

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.

  • 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 aspects (e.g. stop, proceed, proceed at low speed, …). The value should begin with a country-operator-prefix, e.g. DE-ESO: or AT-V2.
  • railway:signal:distant:repeated=yes/no – Sometimes distant signals are mounted twice or more often because the main signal can be hidden.
  • 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.