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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway = narrow_gauge
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Passenger or freight trains on narrower tracks than the standard gauge for the country or state. Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in OSM Carto
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Group: Railways
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: de facto

Use railway=narrow_gauge for passenger or freight trains on narrower tracks than the standard gauge considered for the country or a railway network, often tourist routes or mine railways. This implies that it is a less common value than railway=rail.

You are highly encouraged to use gauge=* to specify the actual track width of rails. If you don't know the exact gauge, just use gauge=narrow.

Narrow gauge railways can have mainline railway service like the Rhaetian Railway in Switzerland or can be a small light industrial railway.

For small railways in parks which are tourist attractions and they are not part of a railway network, consider the usage of railway=miniature.