2 ft 6 in gauge railways

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The Barbados Railway.
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The Chinese Shibanxi Railway.
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Alishan Forest Railway geared Shay locomotive in Taiwan.

2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge railways are narrow gauge railways with track gauge of 2 ft 6 in (762 mm). This type of rail was promoted especially in the colonies of the British Empire during the second half of the nineteenth century by Thomas Hall and Everard Calthrop.


Several Bosnian-gauge railways with 760 mm (2 ft 5+1516 in) are found in south-eastern Europe. 760 mm is well within tolerances of 762 mm.


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