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Former railway; the track has been removed but it's still visible that there used to be a railway. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: railways
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should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
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Status: de facto
Main article: Railway § Life-cycle

A tag to map former railways, where the rails have been removed but the route is still visible with ties/sleepers, signals or other railroad right of way signs or infrastructure. This tag is only to be used only for the right of way, for other structures like stations use a lifecycle prefix.

If the rails are still in place use railway=disused instead. Road crossing with rail are still disused.

If it is possible to identify the old right of way based on some remnants then you might try to map it, however this practice is disputed by some. See Demolished Railway.

You may indicate the type of the abandoned railway with a combination such as railway=abandoned + abandoned:railway=rail/light_rail/subway/tram

Can also be used together with highway=* (e.g. highway=cycleway) to tag paths or roads on former railroad lines.

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