Three foot gauge railways

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Graphic list of track gauges

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)

Minimum
  Fifteen-inch 381 mm (15 in)
By location
North America · South America · Europe
World map, rail gauge by region
Passengers riding on the defunct Klondike Mines Railway in 1909.
A bridge of the defunct National Railroad of Mexico in 1883.
An electric tram on the Tranvía de Sóller on the Spanish island of Majorca.

Three foot gauge railways have a track gauge of 3 ft (914 mm). This gauge is a narrow gauge and is generally found throughout North and South America. In Ireland, many secondary and industrial lines were built to 3 ft (914 mm) gauge, and it was the dominant gauge on the Isle of Man, the "Manx Standard Gauge." In modern times, operational railways around the world that utilize this gauge are most commonly found in isolated mountainous areas or on small islands, as well as in large-scale amusement parks and theme parks (see table below). In addition, multiple railways past and present based in the United States that use this gauge are very popular in the realm of model railroading (particularly in G scale), and model prototypes of these railways are made or had been made by several model train brands around the world, such as Accucraft Trains (USA), Aristo-Craft Trains (USA), Bachmann Industries (Hong Kong), Delton Locomotive Works (USA), LGB (Germany),[1] and PIKO (Germany).

Installations[edit]

Country/territory Railway
Australia
Belize
Brazil
Canada
Colombia
Cuba
El Salvador
France
Germany
Guatemala
Guyana
Honduras
Hong Kong
Ireland
Iraq
Isle of Man
Japan
Kuwait
Mexico
Nauru
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Peru
Spain

The Ferrocarril de Sóller and the Tranvía de Sóller are located on Majorca in the Balearic Islands. The other railways of the Majorca rail network were also 3 ft (914 mm) gauge, but with expansion and reconstruction of the network in the early 2000s, they were converted to 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge.

United Kingdom
United States

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