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Parallel tracks

How would one construct the relation for a route that has parallel tracks part of the way? --T99 00:47, 8 January 2012 (UTC)

There is the same problems with this issue as there is with long dual carriage highways (like in the US f.ex): Interstate_Highways_Relations#Directionality. In the few cases where there is a quadruple line (two rails in each direction) there is a similar problem. I suggest we make one relation for each direction (and one for each the 'extra' (or outer) track in quads) and make super-relations to link them all --Gorm 22:31, 22 February 2012 (UTC)

route=railway vs. route=tracks

Can somebody please explain the difference between these two?--Shlomo (talk) 08:08, 30 May 2018 (UTC)

This offers "definitive" documentation: a "Railway Line" (route=tracks) is defined as "the physical railroad on which trains operate" whereas a "Railway Route" (route=railway) is defined as "the route of operation of trains over a Railway Line." If you are in Germany/Europe, you might better decipher what is meant by this, as it seems to be a method by which more specificity can be stored in OSM data elements (these relation types) for differences between "physical infrastructure" (tracks) and "train movements over tracks" (railway). Personally, I find this distinction confusing (and unnecessary) and see little difference or reason to use two sets of relations to do this. I was an early adopter of simply omitting route=tracks relations in the USA, which became a popular trend and is now "how we do it here." So, important: in North America, we completely omit route=tracks relations, "skipping directly to" route=railway relations (as what we in the USA call "Named Subdivisions"), seemingly with no ill effect. (We conflate these two relation types into one). Please also see this, where a couple of tables show this "conflation in the USA" concept. In short, if you are in North America, you may completely omit collecting rail elements into route=tracks relations, "skipping directly" to placing them into route=railway relations, which also usually have a name=* tag with a value like "XYZ Subdivision" or "ABC Industrial Spur." Stevea (talk) 14:40, 30 May 2018 (UTC)