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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway = yard
Rangierbahnhof Köln-Kalk.jpg
A rail yard or freight station Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Railways
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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Status: in use


The tag railway=yard is mainly used to map a rail yard (aka railway yard or railroad yard), which is a series of rail tracks used for for storing, sorting, or loading and unloading, railroad cars and locomotives.

This tag has also been used for mapping freight-only stations, which are railway stations without passenger traffic where freight trains are loaded or unloaded, and which are often found in a rail yard.

These yards can vary in their size, from small freight stations which are just former passenger stations with a spur track, to huge yards with multiple marshalling tracks, hump yards, container terminals, and locomotive depots which are several kilometers long.

How to map

Set a node node in the middle of the freight yard or station and add railway=yard.

You can also map the area with landuse=railway, if this is clearly defined.

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