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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway = halt
Railway halt.jpg
A small station, may not have a platform, trains may only stop on request. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Rendering-railway-tram stop-mapnik.png.png
Group: railways
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
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Status: de facto
Main article: Railway stations

A small station, may not have a platform, trains may only stop on request.


Key Value Property Description Default value
railway halt Halt
public_transport station Halt Only if the halt is public.[1]
subway yes / no Subway station This is a subway halt. The tagging scheme does not have a distinction between train and subway stations. no
name <halt name> Station name Name of the halt. Use the name on the signs on the halt building or at platforms, for example "Köln Hbf".
uic_ref <number> UIC reference number Number of the halt according to UIC.
uic_name <name> UIC name Name of the halt according to UIC.
request_stop yes / no Request stop To explicitly tag a request stop station.[2][3] no
operator <operator_name> Operator Operator of the halt.
network <network_name> Network Name of the network the halt belongs to.
start_date <date> Date of opening Date the halt was put into service. For formatting, see start_date=*.
end_date <date> Date of closing Date the halt was taken out of service. For formatting, see end_date=*.
image <URL> Image The URL of an image of the halt (If possible, images from Wikimedia Commons should be used).
ele <number> Elevation Elevation of the halt in metres.
wikipedia <lang>:<article name> Wikipedia article Article on Wikipedia. Tag the key in the format <language_code>:<Article name>, for example wikipedia=en:London King's Cross railway station.

Distinction between halt and station

Station or halt?

The distinction between railway=halt and railway=station might differ from country to country. A halt is usually smaller than a station.

  • In North America, flag (or request) stops are typically mapped as halts.
  • In German-speaking countries and Hungary, stations without points ("switches") where only passenger trains stop are tagged as halt. For more information see the German page.

How to map

Add a node in the middle of the railway halt and tag it with railway=halt and name=*. The node does not have to be on a railway=rail line.

Railway types

Besides railway=rail you can also use this tag on railway=subway, railway=monorail and railway=light_rail systems that are heavier rail than trams.

For a tram stops on railway=tram and railway=light_rail systems the tag railway=tram_stop should be used.



See also