Ridable miniature railway

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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 (63.5 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]

2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge[edit]

2 ft (610 mm) gauge[edit]

21 in (533 mm) gauge[edit]

20 in (508 mm) gauge[edit]

19 in (483 mm) gauge[edit]

18 12 in (470 mm) gauge[edit]

18 in (457 mm) gauge[edit]

16 12 in (419 mm) gauge[edit]

16 in (406 mm) gauge[edit]

15 in (381 mm) gauge (UK)[edit]

Bure Valley Railway
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

15 in (381 mm) gauge (USA)[edit]

Glenwood, South Park & Pacific engine #13

15 in (381 mm) gauge (rest of the World)[edit]

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

14 in (356 mm) gauge[edit]

12 14 in (311 mm) gauge[edit]

12 in (305 mm) gauge[edit]

10 14 in (260 mm) gauge[edit]

Wells and Walsingham Light Railway

9 12 in (241 mm) gauge[edit]

9 716 in (240 mm) gauge[edit]

9 in (229 mm) gauge[edit]

Faversham Miniature Railway in 2007.

8 14 in (210 mm)[edit]

  • Brambridge Park Garden Centre, Eastleigh, Hampshire UK

7 12 in (190.5 mm) gauge[edit]

7 14 in (184 mm)[edit]

5 in (127 mm)[edit]

Miniature railway on Lindenhof hill in Zürich (Switzerland).
  • Bentley Miniature Railway[77] UK
  • 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[79]
  • Eaton Park Miniature Railway, Norwich, England (two lines, one 3.5 and 5 inch gauge track, one mixed 5 and 7.25 inch gauge)
  • Leyland Society of Model Engineers, Lancashire UK[95]
  • Maidstone Model Engineering Society, Mote Park, Maidstone UK[113]
  • Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd[97]
  • 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[89] 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[114]
  • North London Society of Model Engineers (NLSME)[101] UK
  • Northern Districts Model Engineering Society, Balcatta, Western Australia, Australia - 2 12 in (63.5 mm), 3 12 in (89 mm), 5 in (127 mm) and 7 14 in (184 mm)
  • S.A.S.M.E.E. Park, Adelaide, Australia[103]
  • Strawberry Line - part of Avon Valley Country Park UK
  • Spenborough Model & Experimental Engineers Ltd, Cleckheaton West Yorkshire BD195LL[105] UK
  • Stoomgroep West Zuiderpark, The Hague, Netherlands. - a 3 12 in (89 mm) and 5 in (127 mm) mixed raised oval.[108]
  • Swiss Vapeur Parc, Le Bouveret, Switzerland (dual gauge: 7 14 in/​184 mm and 5 in/​127 mm)[110]
  • Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society, West Ryde, New South Wales, Australia (127 mm/​5 in and 89 mm/​3 12 in and 63.5 mm/​2 12 in)[115]
  • Thames Ditton Miniature Railway[97] UK
  • Tonbridge Model Engineering Society[116] UK
  • Willans Hill Miniature Railway, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia.[112]

4 34 in (121 mm) gauge[edit]

3 12 in (89 mm) gauge[edit]

  • Crowborough Miniature Railway[citation needed]
  • Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway, Oxfordshire, Oxford[79]
  • Leyland Society of Model Engineers, Lancashire[95]
  • Maidstone Model Engineering Society, Mote Park, Maidstone[113]
  • Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd[97]
  • North London Society of Model Engineers (NLSME)[101]
  • S.A.S.M.E.E. Park, Adelaide, Australia[117]
  • Spenborough Model & Experimental Engineers Ltd, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire BD195LL[105]
  • Thames Ditton Miniature Railway[97]
  • Tonbridge Model Engineering Society[116]

Unknown gauge[edit]

See also[edit]

Media related to Ridable miniature railways at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

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  114. ^ Hove Park Railway
  115. ^ Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society Co-op Ltd website
  116. ^ a b Tonbridge Model Engineering Society
  117. ^ S.A.S.M.E.E. Park, Adelaide, Australia
  118. ^ Matsudayama Herb Garden railway info

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