List of ridable miniature railways

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Not to be confused with Minimum gauge railway.
Miniature railway ride in West Ryde, Australia in 2007.
Locomotive and train on the Chemin de fer touristique d'Anse (fr) in France.
Emerson Zooline Railroad's Chance Rides C.P. Huntington train in Saint Louis Zoo, one of hundreds of exact copies of this ride model in locations worldwide.

A ridable miniature railway (USA: 'riding railroad' or grand scale railroad) is a ground-level, large scale model railway that hauls passengers using locomotives that are models of full-sized railway locomotives (powered by diesel or petrol engines, live steam engines or electric motors).

Overview[edit]

Typically miniature railways have a rail track gauge between 5 in (127 mm) and 18 in (457 mm), though both larger and smaller gauges are used.

These large model railroads are most often seen in urban parks or in commercial settings, such as amusement park rides.

The major distinction between a miniature railway and a narrow gauge railway is that miniature lines use models of full-sized prototypes. There are miniature railways that run on gauges as wide as the 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge on the defunct Disneyland Viewliner, or as wide as the 2 ft (610 mm) gauge on the operating Wicksteed Park Railway. There are also narrow gauge railways running on extremely narrow track as small as 15 in (381 mm) gauge or less, for example the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway, Perrygrove Railway and the Eaton Hall Railway. These are known as minimum gauge railways.

Typically in the UK miniature lines are operated as public heritage railways, though many private lines also exist, especially in the USA.

At gauges of 5 in (127 mm) and less, the track is commonly raised above ground level. Flat cars are arranged with foot boards so that driver and passengers sit astride the track. The track is often multi-gauged, to accommodate 5 in (127 mm), 3 12 in (89 mm), and sometimes 2 12 in (64 mm) gauge locomotives.

In Australia, most 5 inch gauge tracks are at ground level.

Australian societies are generally members of the Australian Association of Live Steamers, Ltd, which arranges Codes of Practice for Operations, Standards and Training, for the operation of miniature railways below 8 inch gauge through their subcommittee the Australian Live Steamers Safety Committee (ALSSC), and Boiler codes for the operation of miniature steam boilers through the Australian Miniature Boiler Safety Committee (AMBSC).

Miniature railways by rail gauge[edit]

3 12 in (89 mm) gauge[edit]

  • Crowborough Miniature Railway[citation needed]
  • Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway, Oxfordshire, Oxford[1]
  • Kingston Miniature Railway, Canberra, Australia[2]
  • Leyland Society of Model Engineers, Lancashire[3]
  • Maidstone Model Engineering Society, Mote Park, Maidstone[4]
  • Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd[5]
  • North London Society of Model Engineers (NLSME)[6]
  • S.A.S.M.E.E. Park, Adelaide, Australia[7]
  • Spenborough Model & Experimental Engineers Ltd, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire BD195LL[8]
  • Thames Ditton Miniature Railway[5]
  • Tonbridge Model Engineering Society[9]

4 34 in (121 mm) gauge[edit]

5 in (127 mm) gauge[edit]

Miniature railway on Lindenhof hill in Zürich (Switzerland).
  • Coventry Model Engineering Society (Running "Ryton Pool Miniature Railway", also 3 12 in (89 mm) gauge) UK
  • Crowborough Miniature Railway UK
  • Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway (raised & ground level), Oxfordshire, Oxford UK[1]
  • Eaton Park Miniature Railway, Norwich, England (two lines, one 3.5 and 5 inch gauge track, one mixed 5 and 7.25 inch gauge)
  • Kingston Miniature Railway, Canberra, Australia[2]
  • Leyland Society of Model Engineers, Lancashire UK[3]
  • Maidstone Model Engineering Society, Mote Park, Maidstone UK[4]
  • Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd[5]
  • GEC Model Engineering Society (Running "GEC Miniature Railway", also 3 12 in (89 mm) & 7 14 in (184 mm) gauges) UK
  • Guildford Model Engineering Society[10] UK
  • Hawkes Bay Model Engineering Society, Anderson Park, Napier, New Zealand - 3 12 in (89 mm) and 5 in (127 mm)
  • Hove Park Railway UK[11]
  • North London Society of Model Engineers (NLSME)[6] UK
  • Northern Districts Model Engineering Society, Balcatta, Western Australia, Australia - 2 12 in (64 mm), 3 12 in (89 mm), 5 in (127 mm) and 7 14 in (184 mm)
  • Portarlington Miniature Railway, Victoria, Australia; 5 in (127 mm) and 7 14 in (184 mm) [12]
  • S.A.S.M.E.E. Park, Adelaide, Australia[13]
  • Strawberry Line - part of Avon Valley Country Park UK
  • Spenborough Model & Experimental Engineers Ltd, Cleckheaton West Yorkshire BD195LL[8] UK
  • Stoomgroep West Zuiderpark, The Hague, Netherlands. - a 3 12 in (89 mm) and 5 in (127 mm) mixed raised oval.[14]
  • Swiss Vapeur Parc, Le Bouveret, Switzerland (dual gauge: 7 14 in/​184 mm and 5 in/​127 mm)[15]
  • Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society, West Ryde, New South Wales, Australia (5 in/​127 mm and 89 mm/​3 12 in and 64 mm/​2 12 in)[16]
  • Thames Ditton Miniature Railway[5] UK
  • Tonbridge Model Engineering Society[9] UK
  • Willans Hill Miniature Railway, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia.[17]

7 14 in (184 mm) gauge[edit]

7 12 in (190.5 mm) gauge[edit]

8 14 in (210 mm) gauge[edit]

  • Brambridge Park Garden Centre, Eastleigh, Hampshire UK

9 in (229 mm) gauge[edit]

Faversham Miniature Railway in 2007.

9 716 in (240 mm) gauge[edit]

9 12 in (241 mm) gauge[edit]

10 14 in (260 mm) gauge[edit]

Wells and Walsingham Light Railway

12 in (305 mm) gauge[edit]

12 14 in (311 mm) gauge[edit]

13 38 in (340 mm) gauge[edit]

14 in (356 mm) gauge[edit]

15 in (381 mm) gauge[edit]

In the UK[edit]

Bure Valley Railway
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

In the USA[edit]

Glenwood, South Park & Pacific engine #13

Elsewhere in the world[edit]

One of the Chemin de fer touristique d'Anse (fr) trains in France.

16 in (406 mm) gauge [edit]

16 12 in (419 mm) gauge[edit]

18 in (457 mm) gauge[edit]

18 12 in (470 mm) gauge[edit]

19 in (483 mm) gauge[edit]

20 in (508 mm) gauge[edit]

21 in (533 mm) gauge[edit]

2 ft (610 mm) gauge[edit]

2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge[edit]

Unknown gauge[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c City of Oxford Society of Model Engineers (COSME) website UK
  2. ^ a b c Canberra Society of Model and Experimental Engineers
  3. ^ a b c website
  4. ^ a b Maidstone Model Engineering Society
  5. ^ a b c d e f Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd Website
  6. ^ a b c NLSME website
  7. ^ S.A.S.M.E.E. Park, Adelaide, Australia
  8. ^ a b c (http://www.spenborough.me.uk/)
  9. ^ a b Tonbridge Model Engineering Society
  10. ^ a b Guildford Model Engineering Society
  11. ^ Hove Park Railway
  12. ^ a b "Portarlington Miniature Railway". Flickr. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  13. ^ a b SA Society of Model & Experimental Engineers (S.A.S.M.E.E.) unofficial home page, located in S.A.S.M.E.E. Park
  14. ^ a b "Club tracks".
  15. ^ a b Swiss Vapeur Parc
  16. ^ Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society Co-op Ltd website
  17. ^ a b WAGGA WAGGA Society of Model Engineers, official website. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ Altona Miniature Railway website
  20. ^ a b website
  21. ^ Bekonscot Light Railway website
  22. ^ Bentley Miniature Railway website
  23. ^ a b c "About DMR". Dragon Miniature Railway. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  24. ^ a b 1949 to 1962
  25. ^ Diamond Valley Miniature Railway website
  26. ^ Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway
  27. ^ East Herts Miniature Railway website
  28. ^ Echills Wood Railway website
  29. ^ Fancott Miniature Railway website
  30. ^ Frimley Lodge Miniature Railway website
  31. ^ Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers website
  32. ^ Great Cockcrow Railway website
  33. ^ [2]
  34. ^ Halton Miniature Railway Society
  35. ^ High Legh Railway
  36. ^ http://www.iwemrc.org.uk/714_gauge.asp
  37. ^ Keirunga Park Railway website
  38. ^ "Welcome to Esch-sur-Alzette", Luxembourg National Tourist Office. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  39. ^ Little Orchard Railway website
  40. ^ Mizens Railway website
  41. ^ Moors Valley Railway website
  42. ^ a b Mortocombe Railway website
  43. ^ http://www.mvrail.org.au
  44. ^ Pinewood Miniature Railway
  45. ^ Saltwood Miniature Railway website
  46. ^ (http://home.datacomm.ch/slb/index.html)
  47. ^ (http://www.stoomgroep.be/)
  48. ^ Strand Miniature Railway
  49. ^ Railway website
  50. ^ MRW website entry
  51. ^ Weston Park Railway website
  52. ^ Burnaby Central Railway website
  53. ^ Carillon Park Railroad website
  54. ^ Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society website
  55. ^ Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad website
  56. ^ Golden Gate Live Steamers website
  57. ^ Great Lakes Live Steamers website
  58. ^ a b Hesston Steam Museum website
  59. ^ Illinois Live Steamers website
  60. ^ Kitsap Live Steamers website
  61. ^ Railroad Museum of South Florida Train Village website
  62. ^ City of Largo, Florida: Train Weekend
  63. ^ http://minitraindesmarais.free.fr/sommaire.htm
  64. ^ Orange County Model Engineers website
  65. ^ Paradise Valley Railroad website
  66. ^ Riverside Live Steamers website
  67. ^ Sacramento Valley Live Steamers website
  68. ^ Sagebrush Short Line Railroad website
  69. ^ Shady Dell Pacific, Pacific Northwest Live Steamers website
  70. ^ Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad website
  71. ^ Train Mountain website
  72. ^ Triad Live Steamers, Farmington and Harrisburg website
  73. ^ White Creek Railroad website
  74. ^ Willow Creek Railroad website
  75. ^ Audley End Railway website
  76. ^ Beale Park website
  77. ^ Berkeley Light Railway website
  78. ^ Bickington Steam Railway website
  79. ^ Birchley Miniature Railway website UK
  80. ^ Eastleigh Lakeside Railway website
  81. ^ Savilles Garden Centre
  82. ^ Royal Victoria Railway website
  83. ^ Rudyard Lake Steam Railway website
  84. ^ Stapleford Miniature Railway website
  85. ^ Sutton Hall Railway website
  86. ^ Vanstone Woodland Railway website
  87. ^ Wells Harbour Railway website
  88. ^ City of Wenatchee - Wenatchee Riverfront Railway
  89. ^ C&H Railroad website
  90. ^ Folsom Valley Railway website
  91. ^ Ruislip Lido Railway website
  92. ^ Wabash Frisco & Pacific Railway website
  93. ^ [3]
  94. ^ Hotham Park Railway website
  95. ^ Littlehampton Miniature Railway website
  96. ^ Combe Martin Wildlife Park website
  97. ^ Evesham Vale Light Railway website
  98. ^ Kirklees Light Railway website
  99. ^ website Longleat
  100. ^ website Markeaton
  101. ^ American Heritage Railroad
  102. ^ http://www.uni.edu/iowaonline/folklife/2/2/handouts/02.pdf
  103. ^ Glenwood South Park & Pacific Railroad website
  104. ^ Hillcrest & Wahtoke Steam Railroad website
  105. ^ Joshua Tree & Southern website
  106. ^ Paradise and Pacific Railroad website
  107. ^ Phoenix & Holly Railroad
  108. ^ www.redwoodvalleyrailway.com Redwood Valley Railway website
  109. ^ Sonoma Traintown website
  110. ^ Waterman & Western Railroad website
  111. ^ Springbank Express
  112. ^ http://www.srmduluth.org/G16/G16-history.shtml
  113. ^ Balboa Park Miniature Railroad website
  114. ^ Cedar Rock Railroad
  115. ^ Little Florida Coast Line website
  116. ^ AuSable Valley Railroad website
  117. ^ Crown Metal Products Locomotive Roster
  118. ^ Railway Preservation News
  119. ^ "The Miniature Railway". CEC: Closed Canadian Parks. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  120. ^ Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad website
  121. ^ Collegeville and Southern Railway website
  122. ^ Heath Park Tramway
  123. ^ Meadows and Lake Kathleen Railroad website
  124. ^ National Railway Museum website
  125. ^ Venice Miniature Railway
  126. ^ Robert D. West (May 2, 2014). "Farewell is not Forever - Part 4: Oaks Amusement Park". Retrieved July 30, 2014. "This train replaced a Miniature Train & Railroad Company G-16 that was installed in 1956. The G-16 ran on 16" gauge track, and resembled a diesel locomotive, painted in the colors of the Union Pacific Railroad. The track is dual-gauge: 16" for the former train and 24" for the current one. The train operates on a 2,600 foot oval-shaped loop that encircles the picnic areas." 
  127. ^ "Forest Park Miniature Railroad". Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  128. ^ Brackenridge Eagle
  129. ^ Matsudayama Herb Garden railway info

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