Tag:route=tracks

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Description
Railroad track as rail infrastructure. Not to be confused with route=train Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Route
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
Requires
Useful combination
See also
Status: in use

Wikidata

Relations of this type are used to combine connected train tracks between two endpoints that are maintained as a operational unit (e.g. a "subdivision") into a single relation. There is a similar route=railway relation, which is used for larger infrastructure segments potentially stretching over several route=tracks relations. In some countries like e.g. the USA route=tracks relations are not used, only route=railway relations are. For lines describing the travel of trains, usually for passenger services, use the tag route=train.

Tagging

The ways (railway=rail, railway=disused, railway=abandoned or railway=razed) are collected in a relation with the following tags:

Key Value Comment Example (relation 1820444) Example (relation 1257824)
type route (mandatory) type=route type=route
route tracks (mandatory) route=tracks route=tracks
ref number (mandatory) ref=1732
name Track name Name of the track (recommended, if such a name exists) name=Hannöversche Südbahn name=Highland Main Line
operator company name Operator of the track
(e. g. DB Netz AG in Germany) (required, if known)
operator=DB Netz AG operator=Network Rail
from station name originating station (recommended) from=Hannover Hbf from=Perth
via station name important intermediate stations via=Elze; Kreiensen; Northeim (Han); Göttingen; Hann. Münden
to station name destination station (recommended) to=Kassel Hbf to=Inverness
wikipedia Wikipedia page Wikipedia page about this track (recommended) wikipedia=de:Hannöversche Südbahn wikipedia=en:Highland Main Line

All rails that are part of the track should be members of the relation. In contrast to train routes, the stations, platforms, and other non-track object should not be members. Removed tracks (railway=abandoned or railway=razed), that were once members of the track, should get the role „historic“.

See also

  • route=railway - The route of a railway (e.g. the Channel Tunnel). Not to be confused with the route of a train service (see route=train).