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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway = disused
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A railway that is no longer used but where the track and infrastructure remain in place. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Rendering-railway disused-125.png
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 (except multipolygon relations)
Status: de facto

A section of railway which is no longer used but where the track and infrastructure remain in place. This should be used only for the rails, for other structures like stations use a lifecycle prefix. For example if the top of the rail or rail head is not visible like the example photo, this is disused. If rail is not present at all see railway=abandoned. See Demolished Railway#What is sufficient to map a former railway for examples.

How to map

the track of the railway:

other railway related features:

Disused things in general

Main article: Comparison of life cycle concepts

This tag is widely accepted, because mapping a disused railway is of wide interest and doesn't conflict much with other mapping. But this tag is part of a larger can of worms around mapping of "disused" things in general. disused=yes is an alternative tagging approach with various problems.

There is some use of disused=tram and disused=railway to mark railway type without using lifestyle prefixes.

Similar tags

railway=abandoned - The course of a former railway which has been abandoned and the track and infrastructure removed, but the course is still visible.

See also