Swedish three foot gauge railways

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Broad
  Brunel 2,140 mm (7 ft 14 in)
  Indian 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
  Iberian 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in)
  Irish and
Pennsylvania trolley
1,600 mm
1,588 mm
1,581 mm
(5 ft 3 in)
(5 ft 2 12 in)
(5 ft 2 14 in)
  Russian 1,524 mm
1,520 mm
(5 ft)
(4 ft 11 2732 in)

  Standard 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

Narrow
  Scotch 1,372 mm (4 ft 6 in)
  Cape, CAP, Kyōki 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  Metre 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
  Three foot, 900 mm,
and Swedish three foot
914 mm
900 mm
891 mm
(3 ft)
(2 ft 11 716)
(2 ft11 332) in)
  Two foot six inch,
Bosnian, and 750 mm
762 mm
760 mm
750 mm
(2 ft 6 in)
(2 ft 5 1516 in)
(2 ft 5 12 in)
  Two foot and 600 mm 610 mm
603 mm
600 mm
597 mm
(2 ft)
(1 ft 11 34 in)
(1 ft 11 58 in)
(1 ft 11 12 in)

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  Fifteen-inch 381 mm (15 in)
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The Roslagen railway, a suburban railway north of Stockholm using the Swedish three foot gauge.

Swedish Three Foot Gauge Railways (Swedish: "trefotsbanor") are railways with the gauge 891 mm (2 ft 11 332 in), or 3 ft in the old Swedish measurement system. Railways with this gauge have only existed in Sweden. This was the most common narrow gauge in Sweden.

Sweden once had some fairly extensive narrow gauge networks, but most narrow gauge railways are now closed. Some were converted to standard gauge (the latest one was KBJ, Kalmar - Berga Järnväg, between Berga and Kalmar in the 1970s) and some remain as heritage railways.

The only commercial Swedish three foot gauge railway still in use is the suburban railway Roslagsbanan ('the Roslag Railway') in north-eastern Stockholm. The parts of this railway which is still in use will be in continual use in the foreseeable future, with new trains to be delivered in 2013-2014 and there are even plans for a new line to connect this railway to Arlanda Airport.

A branch line of Roslagsbanan, Långängsbanan, was built in 1911 and ran for some years as an isolated standard gauge tramway in anticipation of a planned conversion of the main line to raise its capacity, but those plans came to naught and the branch was rebuilt to narrow gauge in 1934; it is closed since 1966.

The longest other remaining Swedish three foot gauge railway is the line between Åseda, Hultsfred and Västervik. 70 km (43 mi) between Hultsfred and Västervik as well as the shorter sections between Virserum-Hjortöström and Åseda-Hultanäs are served by tourist trains in the summer, including 4 km (2.5 mi) of dual gauge track.

The Vadstena - Fågelsta narrow gauge railway was part of a larger network in Östergötland.

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