OpenRailwayMap/Tagging in Belgium

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General tags in Belgium are:

  • operator=* in general operator =Infrabel
  • ref=* name of the railway line, ie. L162
  • usage=* usage=main


The following tags might be sufficient:


The Belgian railways use the standard track gauge.

Electrification systems

The following electrification systems are used in Belgium:




Train protection

Domestic systems

  • railway:tbl=yes TBL train protection
  • railway:tbl=1+ TBL1+ train protection (remark: tbl=2 is possible, but TBL2 is discontinued and line 2 is now equipped with ETCS)
  • railway:etcs=yes European Train Control System
  • railway:etcs=1 lineside signals with Eurobalises - ETCS Level 1
  • railway:etcs=2 cab signalling through the combination of Eurobalises and a GSM-R link - ETCS Level 2



Signalling in Belgium is relatively simple, because signals and distant signals can show the same aspects and their shape is the same. Signals on lines with 2 tracks are standing on the outside, while driving on double track lines is reguarly on the left side, those signals have a fixed light, those on the opposite right track have a flashing light.

Signals should be tagged with the following scheme:

additional informations above TBD: chrevron (changement de régime); répere de voie en impasse,

additional information below TBD: lettre rebroussement

In Belgium it's very common to have signals at the same place in the counter-direction.

Those should be tagged as follows:

  • railway:signal:direction=backward this signal is standing on the right side of the track "contre-voie"
  • railway:signal:position=left tag is left because of the direction of the track itself. From the point of view from the train-driver it's on the right side.
  • ref=* Name of the signal, mostly similar to the main driving direction, ie. ref=SX-L.74

smaller signals:

small signals within marshalling yards:

Speed limits

The speed of a track is tagged with:

Those speeds are indicated on the line side with speed limit sign, a distant sign or a marker for the beginnig / end of a restriction. As common in the railway sector, those speeds are displayed in a value*10 km/h

Sometimes, mostly on a single track line, it's necessary to add the direction of these signs:

railway:signal:direction=forward or backward, depending on the direction of the line.

General reference speed sign:

Panneau vitesse sncb référence.svg

railway:signal:speed_limit=BE:PVR panneau vitesse réference


railway:signal:speed_limit:speed=* VALUE= speed indicated by the sign (10* km/h)

Announcement of a speed limit:

Panneau vitesse sncb annonce.svg

railway:signal:speed_limit=BE:PVA panneau d'annonce



Beginning of a speed limit:

Panneau vitesse sncb origine.svg

railway:signal:speed_limit=BE:PVO panneau d'origine



End of a speed limit: (or new higher limit below the reference speed possible)

Panneau vitesse sncb reprise1.svg

railway:signal:speed_limit=BE:PVJ panneau "Fin de zone jaune à bord vert"



End of a speed limit:

Panneau vitesse sncb reprise2.svg

railway:signal:speed_limit=BE:PVV panneau "Fin de zone vert à bord jaune"



ETCS signalling

ETCS stop marker

Panneau de limite du canton LGV.svg

The ETCS stop marker can be tagged similar to the Netherlands:


Baisser panto annonce.svg

Panto distant

Baisser panto exécution.svg

Panto down

Relever panto.svg

Panto up