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Railway tracks.jpg
The route of a railway (e.g. the Channel Tunnel). Not to be confused with the route of a train service (see route=train). 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 nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: in use


This tag is used on relations which map the route of a railway line. These relations gather rail infrastructure (track) elements, often with the same name=*, railway=*, usage=* and owner=* / operator=* tags.

Train services which run along the line (and connecting lines) are tagged separately using route=train.

See Railways and Train routes.

Note: do not use a railway=rail tag on this relation as this will confuse renderers.