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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1 gauge

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Backyard railroad

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Lahaina, Kaanapali and Pacific Railroad

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Redwood Valley Railway

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On30 gauge

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Tweetsie Railroad

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Little Amerricka Amusement park in Marshall, Wisconsin, United States

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Fort Wilderness Railroad

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Wild Kingdom Train Zoo

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Sonoma TrainTown Railroad

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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

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Kuwait Entertainment City

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