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A decommissioned railway car which generally remains in one place Edit or translate this description.
Group: Historic
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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Status: in use


A tag for a decommissioned  railway car (in some parts of the world called railcar, freight car, coach, wagon or waggon) which has become a tourist attraction and generally remains in one place. The rail car can be any type of rolling stock, but not a locomotive.

This can also be used for anything that is even remotely rail-bound, like experimental rocket-sleds, monorail cars etc that are set on a pedestal.

For locomotives, use historic=locomotive

How to Map

Place a node node at the location of the railway car or draw an area area for the outline and use historic=railway_car. You can also tag it with name=*. If the railway car is a tourist attraction, then add tourism=attraction.

Some railway cars are located in a building. Draw an area area, and add building=*. Set the railway car separately as a point node or an area area inside the building. Sometimes, a railway car is used as a building. You can use building=* on such a vehicle, but only if it is truly stationary (e.g. it has fixed plumbing and power lines connected to it, or has had its wheels removed).

Additional tags

  • name=* - the name of this railway_car
  • addr=* - the address of this railway_car
  • operator=* - indicates the operator or name of the company operating this railway_car
  • description=* - can be used to provide additional information about the railway car to the end map user
  • railway_car=* - use freight for a (former) freight car, passenger for a passenger car, caboose for a caboose or brake van, or come up with your own, more detailed value.
  • start_date=* - for the launch date of the locomotive
  • wikidata=* - museum locomotives may have a Wikidata item which can be tagged here
  • wikipedia=* - museum locomotives may have a Wikipedia page which can be tagged here
  • tourism=attraction - to mark it as a tourist attraction
  • heritage=* - if registered by an official heritage organisation
  • gauge=* - standard distance between the rails it ran on

If the railway car has some kind of amenity=* like a bar, restaurant or tourism=* like a hotel or a museum, it can be tagged as a separate node with its own name and further information.


Don't use building=* on trains, even if they remain in one place, but are capable of being moved by rail.


Image Tags OSM Carto

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railway_car=closed freight car
description=Wooden rail car commemorating the Jews and gypsies deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, in front of the Kazerne Dossin Museum

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