Children's railway

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This article is about educational railways run by children. For the Dutch amusement park Efteling ride for children, see: Children's Railway (Efteling). For small trains suited for children, see: Train ride
Kolejka Parkowa Maltanka (Park Railway Maltanka) in Poznań, Poland (600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) gauge).
Steam Locomotive on Kiev Children's Railway, Ukraine, 750 mm (2 ft 5 12 in) gauge.

A children's railway is an extracurricular educational institution, where teenagers learn railway professions. This phenomenon originated in the USSR and was greatly developed in Soviet times. The world's first children's railway was opened in Gorky Park, Moscow,[1] in 1932. At the breakup of the USSR, 52 children's railways existed in the country.

Many children's railways are still functioning in post-Soviet states and Eastern European countries. Many exhibit railway tehnology not seen anymore on the main lines and can be seen as heritage railways. Even though few exceptions exist, most children's railways built in the communist block have a track gauge of at least 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in)[2] and can carry full size narrow gauge rolling stock.

List of children's railways[edit]

There are children's railways situated in following cities:

Armenia[edit]

Belarus[edit]

Bulgaria[edit]

China[edit]

Cuba[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Germany[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Kazakhstan[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Poland[edit]

Slovakia[edit]

Turkmenistan[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

Uzbekistan[edit]

Russia[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Children's railways: Gorky Park, Moscow (Russian)
  2. ^ de:Pioniereisenbahn
  3. ^ http://web.railfriends.org/EN/Childrens%20Railway/index.htm
  4. ^ http://www.parkeisenbahn.de/BPE/
  5. ^ http://www.parkeisenbahn-chemnitz.de
  6. ^ http://www.gera.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=15569&_nav_id1=10267&_nav_id2=10272
  7. ^ http://www.goerlitzerparkeisenbahn.de/
  8. ^ http://www.pe-halle.de/
  9. ^ http://www.parkeisenbahn-plauen.de

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