Railways: Attributes

You can provide important information about railways in the Attribute section in the left panel:

Track Gauge

Track gauge or rail gauge is the distance between the inner sides of the heads of the two load bearing rails that make up a single railway line. Sixty percent of the world's railways use the Standard Gauge Track.

  • Standard Gauge Track: Distance between the inside edges of standard gauge track rails is 1,435 mm.
  • Broad gauge Track: Track with gauges are greater than the standard gauge of 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in).
  • JR Railways Track: Japan Railway track. Gauge is bolted using metal fishplates and supports considerably high-speed railways.
  • Light Rail Track: Rapid transit-style tracks usually used with electric rail cars. These mostly operate separated from other traffic but are sometimes mixed with other traffic in city streets.
  • Monorail Track: Single-rail tracks.
  • Narrow Gauge Track: Track with gauges that are narrower than the standard gauge railways.
  • Railway: Generic track gauge that can be used in the absence of specific gauges.
  • Subway Track: Part of an underground subway, which acts as a public transportation system.


Elevation helps display the railway track appropriately on the map. Example, an underground tunnel is represented on the map with dotted lines.

For more information on types of elevation read Road Elevation.