Minimum gauge railway

Minimum gauge railway
Gauge EN.svg
Track gauge
by size
Broad gauge
Standard gauge
Narrow gauge
Minimum gauge
List of rail gauges

Break-of-gauge
Dual gauge
Gauge conversion
Track
Tramway track

Minimum gauge railways have a gauge of less than 2 ft  (610 mm) or 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in),[citation needed] most commonly 15 in (381 mm),[1] 400 mm (15 34 in), 18 in (457 mm) or 500 mm (19 34 in). The notion of minimum gauge railways was originally developed by estate railways[1] and by the French company of Decauville for industrial railways.

The major distinction between a miniature railway (USA: 'riding railroad' or 'grand scale railroad') and a minimum gauge railway is that miniature lines use models of full-sized prototypes. There are miniature railways that run on gauges as wide as 2 ft  (610 mm), for example the Wicksteed Park Railway. There are also minimum gauge railways running on extremely narrow track as small as 10 14 in (260 mm) gauge, for example the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway. Generally minimum gauge railways have a working function as estate railways, or industrial railways, or providers of public transport links; although most also have a distinct function in relation to tourism as well, and depend upon tourism for the revenue to support their working function.

A general aspect about minimum gauge railways is that the loading gauge is maximized, which is to say the dimension of the equipment is made as large as possible to the track gauge, while still providing enough stability to keep it from tipping over.

List of Minimum Gauge Railways

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Heywood, A.P. (1974) [1881, Derby: Bemrose]. Minimum Gauge Railways. Turntable Enterprises. ISBN 0-902844-26-1. 
  2. ^ Chemin de fer Touristique d'Anse
  3. ^ Gwalia
  4. ^ Chemin de fer Touristique d'Tarn

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

См. также в других словарях:

  • Narrow gauge railway — Track gauge by size Broad gauge St …   Wikipedia

  • Gauge — may refer to:In measurements:* American wire gauge, a measurement of diameter of a wire * Gauge (bore diameter), the diameter of a shotgun barrel * Stubs Iron Wire Gauge, which corresponds to the diameter of a hypodermic needle **See also * Sheet …   Wikipedia

  • Minimum railway curve radius — 90 foot (27.43 m) radii on the elevated 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) Chicago L . There is no room for longer radii at this street intersection The minimum railway curve radius, the shortest design radius, has an… …   Wikipedia

  • Gauge conversion — Change of gauge redirects here. For other uses, see Change of gauge (disambiguation). Track gauge by size …   Wikipedia

  • Railway platform height — The height of a railway platform varies between railway systems. The height can be expressed as two measurements Train Platform Height and Train Floor Height , both from the top of the rail. There are a very wide number of standards for platform… …   Wikipedia

  • Railway signal — Not to be confused with Railway signalling. A signal is a mechanical or electrical device erected beside a railway line to pass information relating to the state of the line ahead to train/engine drivers. The driver interprets the signal s… …   Wikipedia

  • Railway signalling — Not to be confused with Railway signal. A gantry of British semaphore signals seen from the cab of a steam locomotive Railway signalling is a system used to control railway traffic safely, essentially to prevent trains from colliding. Being… …   Wikipedia

  • Railway station layout — A railway station is a place where trains make scheduled stops. Stations usually have one or more platforms constructed alongside a line of railway. However, railway stations come in many different configurations influenced by such factors as the …   Wikipedia

  • Minor characters in The Railway Series — Contents 1 Standard gauge engines 1.1 Sodor engines 1.1.1 Neil 1.1.2 …   Wikipedia

  • Perrygrove Railway — The Perrygrove Railway is a minimum gauge railway running on RailGauge|15 gauge track. It is a private heritage railway running at Perrygrove Farm in the Royal Forest of Dean near Coleford, Gloucestershire, England. Trains travel at frequent… …   Wikipedia


Поделиться ссылкой на выделенное

Прямая ссылка:
Нажмите правой клавишей мыши и выберите «Копировать ссылку»