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Do high-speed railways and regular railways share the same tag on OGF?

Do most high-speed rail systems have dedicated railways for the high-speed trains, or are some sections shared?

Lastly, what generally differs between regular rail and high speed rail?

Posted by Andrepoiy on 24 April 2018 at 22:07.

Yes, HSRs share the same tags wih conventional railways.

Some systems like the French TGV have extensive networks of railway lines used only by HSRs. But some don't, for example the Polish EIP services share all its rail with other trains (and mostly runs on tracks degsined for slower trains). Both HSRs and conventional railways are compatibile with each other unless there are other technicalities involved (gauge, voltage etc.)

HSR tracks have bigger radiuses of curves. besides that - not much.

Posted by Trabantemnaksiezyc on 25 April 2018 at 07:53.

There should be added that if there is a railway, let's say in the city which has four tracks or more one pair of tracks should be exclusive for HSR especially when some minor stops should be missed by the fast trains, even if in the whole country the tracks are shared.

Posted by Rustem Pasha on 25 April 2018 at 11:50.