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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway = razed
Former railway; Railway physical features are completely removed. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
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)
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Status: in use

A tag to map former railways, where all physical features and traces of the railway have been removed.

Mapping a feature without any physical, verifiable presence (Good practice#Map what's on the ground) is considered out of scope for OSM. Adding a way for a former railway is disputed by some contributors. See Demolished Railway for a comparison of tagging approaches. Avoid mapping former railways if it is impossible to determine the former route from the ground or aerial imagery. Consider using Open Historical Map instead to map former railways.

Also, this tag is sometimes used when primary railway features like rails, ballast, ties/sleepers were removed, but secondary recognisable traces like earthworks are remaining[1].

How to map

Draw a line way representing the former railroad track and add railway=razed + razed:railway=rail/narrow_gauge/tram.

If there is a bike path on the route now, use another way way and add the features (highway=path).

Use the correct railway=abandoned or railway=disused for the remaining visible segments.


railway=razed is not rendered by OpenStreetMap Carto, but is rendered in OpenRailwayMap.

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