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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway = abandoned
Abandoned railway line.jpg
abandoned rails; track has been removed and the line may have been reused or left to decay
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodes
may be used on ways
should not be used on areas
should not be used on relations
Useful combination
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Status: In use

A tag to map former railways, where the rails have been removed but the route is still visible in some way.

If the rails are still in place use railway=disused instead.

If it is impossible to determine the former route of a railway you would not map it. If it can be guessed based on some remnants then you might try to map it, however this practice is disputed. See Demolished Railway.

see also