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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway = rail
08 tory railtrack ubt.jpeg
Rails of a typical gauge track. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Rendering-railway rail.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)
Useful combination
Status: de facto

Use railway=rail on rails for full sized passenger or freight trains in the typical gauge of the country or state.

railway=rail is the largest railway classification, for full-blown full-sized railways. For smaller railway classifications such as subways/trams/monorails, preserved lines, and other railway related tagging see railway=*

Tags to use in combination

Usage / Service-Type

  • usage=main/branch/industrial/military/tourism/science/leisure
  • service=yard/siding/spur/crossover

Related tags

See also