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

Richard Mann richard.mann.westoxford at gmail.com
Tue Apr 16 08:32:07 UTC 2013

The German use of railway=light_rail for S-Bahn is a bit peculiar, since it
is generally operated with "heavy" rail equipment (often loco&coaches), to
mainline signalling standards (which tend to be defined in terms of the
stopping distance for a heavy freight train), and with heavy rail
structures and clearances. There probably needs to be a term for railways
that largely operate independently of the the mainline network, but are
heavy-rail in technical terms (and may get used as diversionary routes for
long-distance trains, during engineering works, and for excursions etc).

railway=suburban would be a possibility (or as an intermediate step, to let
data-users adjust, railway_type=suburban)
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