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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway = yard
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A rail yard or freight station Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Railways
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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Status: in use


The tag railway=yard is mainly used to map a rail yard (aka railway yard or railroad yard), which is a series of rail tracks used for for storing, sorting, or loading and unloading, railroad cars and locomotives.

This tag has also been used for mapping freight-only stations, which are railway stations without passenger traffic where freight trains are loaded or unloaded, and which are often found in a rail yard. Please note that this practice is not common for all countries. It will be a good idea to observe in database and/or consult local community about the way how freight stations are mapped in this country. For example, in Russia all stations (both passenger & freight) are mapped as railway=station, and railway=yard is used only for rail yards which are parts of larger station.

These yards can vary in their size, from small freight stations which are just former passenger stations with a spur track, to huge yards with multiple marshalling tracks, hump yards, container terminals, and locomotive depots which are several kilometers long.

How to map

Set a node node in the middle of the freight yard or station and add railway=yard.

You can also map the area with landuse=railway, if this is clearly defined.

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