|railway = preserved|
|Historical railway. Usually a tourist attraction.|
|Rendering in OSM Carto|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: in use|
|Tools for this tag|
|Some railway mappers suggest to use railway:preserved=yes + railway=rail/narrow_gauge/… instead of railway=preserved. Details see below.|
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.
Tags usually in combination
- service=* – siding, yard and spur tracks
- usage=tourism (sometimes tracks can be tagged with usage=branch/main!)
- electrified=rail/contact_line – electrification
- gauge=1435 – gauge
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
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).
train on Taurach Railway in Austria
(Older tag "preserved_rail" was deprecated and it was changed to "preserved" as "rail" is redundant).