3 ft gauge railways

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Fintown station on the trackbed of the County Donegal Railways Joint Committee (CDR) in County Donegal Fintown Railway on trackbed of CDR County Donegal Railway (5950840669).jpg
Fintown station on the trackbed of the County Donegal Railways Joint Committee (CDR) in County Donegal
A bridge of the defunct National Railroad of Mexico in 1883 Puente del Atoyac (Rio Balsas) - Ferro Carril Mexicano, 1883.jpg
A bridge of the defunct National Railroad of Mexico in 1883
A railbus on the Ferrocarril Santa Ana near Machu Picchu PeruRail 291.jpg
A railbus on the Ferrocarril Santa Ana near Machu Picchu
An electric tram on the Tranvia de Soller on the Spanish island of Majorca Tram 23 leading 4-car train in Port de Soller, next to the bay.jpg
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) or 1 yard. This gauge is a narrow gauge and is generally found throughout North, Central, and South America. In Ireland, many secondary and industrial lines were built to 3 ft gauge, and it is the dominant gauge on the Isle of Man, where it is known as the Manx Standard Gauge . Modern 3 ft gauge railways are most commonly found in isolated mountainous areas, on small islands, or in large-scale amusement parks and theme parks (see table below). This gauge is also popular in model railroading (particularly in G scale), and model prototypes of these railways have been made by several model train brands around the world, such as Accucraft Trains (US), Aristo-Craft Trains (US), Bachmann Industries (Hong Kong), Delton Locomotive Works (US), LGB (Germany), [1] and PIKO (Germany).



El Salvador
Hong Kong
Isle of Man
New Caledonia
New Zealand

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 .

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G scale

Large scale or G scale is a track gauge for model railways which, because of its size and durability, is often used outdoors. These garden railways use a fixed track gauge of 45 millimetres (1.75 in) to represent a range of rail transport modelling scales between narrow gauge (~1:13‒1:19‒1:20), metre gauge (1:22.5), Playmobil trains (~1:24), and standard gauge (~1:29–1:32). These scales all use the same track and wheel profiles, allowing different scales of models to be operated together.

N scale

N scale is a popular model railway scale. Depending upon the manufacturer, the scale ranges from 1∶148 to 1∶160. In all cases, the gauge is 9 mm or 0.354 in. The term N gauge refers to the track dimensions, but in the United Kingdom in particular British N gauge refers to a 1∶148 scale with 1∶160 track gauge modelling. The terms N scale and N gauge are often inaccurately used interchangeably, as scale is defined as ratio or proportion of the model, and gauge only as a distance between rails. The scale 1∶148 defines the rail-to-rail gauge equal to 9 mm exactly, so when calculating the rail or track use 1∶160 and for engines and car wheel base use 1∶148.

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1 gauge

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Garden railway

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Redwood Valley Railway

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BC Forest Discovery Centre Forestry Museum in Duncan, British Columbia

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Midwest Central Railroad

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On30 gauge

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Wildlife Express Train Narrow gauge rail transport attraction at Disneys Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World

The Wildlife Express Train is a 3 ft narrow gauge heritage railroad at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Its route is 1.2 miles (1.9 km) long and takes guests from Harambe Station in the Africa section to Conservation Station in the Rafiki's Planet Watch section. During the ride, portions of the Animal Kingdom backlot can be seen, including animal holding buildings for rhinos and elephants, among other animals, as well as the roundhouse where the trains are stored. It takes about twelve minutes for each train to complete a round trip on the line: seven minutes from Harambe Station to Conservation Station, and five minutes from Conservation Station to Harambe Station. The railway is built to a 3 ft narrow gauge, which is smaller than the 1,000 mmmetre gauge currently used on East African railways. The full journey is a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) round trip.

Fort Wilderness Railroad

The Fort Wilderness Railroad (FWRR) was a 3.5-mile (5.6 km), 2 ft 6 in narrow-gauge heritage railroad located at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in Walt Disney World. The railroad officially opened on January 1, 1974, and provided transportation for the resort's various campsites. Due to issues with track maintenance, pedestrian safety, noise concerns, and the low fuel capacity of its steam locomotives, the FWRR closed permanently in February 1980. Railroad ties remain in place along certain sections of the railroad's former right-of-way, and its four locomotives and surviving passenger cars are now owned by private collectors.

Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad amusement park steam train ride

The Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad is a 3 ft narrow-gauge heritage railroad and amusement park attraction located in the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. The railroad opened in 1963, making it one of the oldest operating rides at Cedar Point. It consists of a total of five steam locomotives, with four of them in operating condition. In 2013, the railroad celebrated its 50th anniversary in operation.

2 ft and 600 mm gauge railways Railway track gauge

Two foot and 600 mm gauge railways are narrow gauge railways with track gauges of 2 ft and 600 mm, respectively. Railways with similar, less common track gauges, such as 1 ft 11 34 in and 1 ft 11 12 in, are grouped with 2 ft and 600 mm gauge railways.

Kuwait Entertainment City

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