[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - More Consistency in Railway Tagging

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Sun Apr 14 13:55:05 UTC 2013


What about the difference in signalling systems? As I understand it,
what I would call a Tram is completely under control of the driver.
He/she alone decides when to stop/start, and even which way to go at
junctions. They have "traffic lights" which are interconnected with the
lights for other road users. One tram can approach the rear of another
without any problem, just as other vehicles wait behind each other at

What I would call Light Rail uses a more serious signalling
system, more closely related to its "big brother" where train paths are
pre-planned using some kind of (fixed/moving) block system. 

Is "tram"
vs "light rail" an attribute of the vehicles, the service or the
infrastructure? Can a single route transition from being one to the


On 2013-04-14 15:21, Rovastar wrote: 

> It seems that
the terms light rail and tram are used interchangeably around
> the
world so mostly ignore my last comments. I don't know where this leave
OSM tagging standards for them though. In the UK we do class them as
different and it just show my sheltered life and knowledge on this
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