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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway = preserved
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Historical railway. Usually a tourist attraction. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
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Group: railways
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Status: in use

A railway running historic trains, usually a tourist attraction. They are usually privately owned, preserved and run for railway heritage and/or profit, not necessarily providing a meaningful public transportation service. See  Heritage railway.

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railway=preserved is not liked by the people who maintain "OpenRailwayMap" (see protocol of second OpenRailwayMap meeting). This tag collides with other railway=* tags. For example, it is not possible to tag a preserved railway line as a narrow gauge line (railway=narrow_gauge) or funicular (railway=funicular). That's why they suggest to use railway:preserved=yes instead, since early 2015

As of mid-2021, railway:preserved=* is more popular than railway=preserved and is still increasing, while the latter tag is decreasing.

Evolution-graphs of the both tagging schemes: https://taghistory.raifer.tech/#***/railway/preserved&***/railway:preserved/yes

A proposal to deprecate railway=preserved was cancelled, because no consensus could be reached on how a viable alternative would look (Apart from railway:preserved=* still being used as a de-facto alternative).


(Older tag "preserved_rail" was deprecated and it was changed to "preserved" as "rail" is redundant).