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3 Ft Gauge Railways

Track gauges
By transport mode
Tram · Rapid transit
Miniature · Scale model
By size (list)
Graphic list of track gauges

Minimum
  Fifteen inch 381 mm (15 in)

Narrow
  Two foot and
600 mm
597 mm
600 mm
603 mm
610 mm
(1 ft 11 12 in)
(1 ft 11 58 in)
(1 ft 11 34 in)
(2 ft)
  750 mm,
Bosnian,
Two foot six inch,
800 mm
750 mm
760 mm
762 mm
800 mm
(2 ft 5 12 in)
(2 ft 5 1516 in)
(2 ft 6 in)
(2 ft 7 12 in)
  Swedish three foot,
900 mm,
Three foot
891 mm
900 mm
914 mm
(2 ft11 332 in)
(2 ft 11 716)
(3 ft)
  Metre 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
  Three foot six inch,
Cape, CAP, Kyōki
1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  Four foot six inch 1,372 mm (4 ft 6 in)

  Standard 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

Broad
  Russian,
Five foot
1,520 mm
1,524 mm
(4 ft 11 2732 in)
(5 ft)
  Irish 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
  Iberian 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in)
  Indian 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
  Brunel 2,140 mm (7 ft 14 in)
Change of gauge
Break-of-gauge · Dual gauge ·
Conversion (list· Bogie exchange · Variable gauge
By location
North America · South America · Europe
World map, rail gauge by region
Passengers riding on the defunct Klondike Mines Railway in 1909.
A bridge of the defunct National Railroad of Mexico in 1883.
An electric tram on the Tranvía de Sóller on the Spanish island of Majorca.

Three foot gauge railways have a track gauge of 3 ft (914 mm). This gauge is a narrow gauge and is generally found throughout North and South America. In Ireland, many secondary and industrial lines were built to 3 ft (914 mm) gauge, and it was the dominant gauge on the Isle of Man, the "Manx Standard Gauge." In modern times, operational railways around the world that utilize this gauge are most commonly found in isolated mountainous areas or on small islands, as well as in large-scale amusement parks and theme parks (see table below). In addition, multiple railways past and present based in the United States that use this gauge are very popular in the realm of model railroading (particularly in G scale), and model prototypes of these railways are made or had been made by several model train brands around the world, such as Accucraft Trains (USA), Aristo-Craft Trains (USA), Bachmann Industries (Hong Kong), Delton Locomotive Works (USA), LGB (Germany),[1] and PIKO (Germany).

Installations

Country/territory Railway
Australia
Belize
Brazil
Canada
Colombia
Cuba
El Salvador
France
Germany
Guatemala
Guyana
Honduras
Hong Kong
Ireland
Iraq
Isle of Man
Japan
Kuwait
Mexico
Nauru
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Peru
Spain

The Ferrocarril de Sóller and the Tranvía de Sóller are located on Majorca in the Balearic Islands. The other railways of the Majorca rail network were also 3 ft (914 mm) gauge, but with expansion and reconstruction of the network in the early 2000s, they were converted to 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge.

United Kingdom
United States

See also

References

  1. ^ 2006 LGB Catalog
  2. ^ Steamlocomotive.info - Cuba
  3. ^ Steamlocomotive.info - Al Zawra’a Dream Park
  4. ^ Al Zawra’a Dream Park - official website (in Arabic)
  5. ^ Surviving Steam Locomotives in Aguascalientes
  6. ^ Parque Héroes Mexicanos - official website (in Spanish)
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