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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway = rail
Railway tracks.jpg
Rails of a standard gauge track Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in openstreetmap-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
Useful combination
Status: de facto


Use railway=rail on rails for full sized passenger or freight trains in the standard 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
  • service=yard/siding/spur/crossover

Related tags

See also