[Tagging] Advice & clarification of the railway tracks=* tag required.

Richard Mann richard.mann.westoxford at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 23:18:06 BST 2012

I guess that'll be me.

The total number of tracks is a useful piece of data, whereas tracks=1 on
the four individual tracks is useless. I don't really mind where the
information is stored; the tracks tag looked like a sensible place to me
(and indeed was already being used in this way in some places).


On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 10:56 PM, Dave F. <davefox at madasafish.com> wrote:

>  Hi
> A user in GB has been editing railway lines by adding tracks=4 even though
> each individual track has been mapped:
> www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/174899570
> From the railway page of the wiki:
> "When modeling multi-track parallel railway lines in close proximity they
> can either be modeled as a single way with tracks=*, or as a number of
> parallel ways."
> "The tracks=* tag should be used to record the number of tracks with a
> default value of 1 being assumed where this is not supplied. "
> In the example he's tagged each way with tracks=4. Going on what the wiki
> says this implies there are a total of 16 tracks on the ground. This seems
> incorrect tagging to me.
> I've contacted him directly & received a reply but he appears to think his
> way is correct & the wiki wrong, so I'm posting here for advice &
> clarification.
> Cheers
> Dave F.
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