A children's railway or pioneer 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, 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 technology 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 Eastern Bloc have a track gauge of at least 600 mm (1 ft 11 5⁄8 in) and can carry full size narrow gauge rolling stock.
List of children's railways
There are children's railways situated in following cities:
- Children's railways: Gorky Park, Moscow (in Russian)
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- "Berliner Parkeisenbahn - Fahrplan". www.parkeisenbahn.de.
- "Parkeisenbahn". www.gera.de.
- "Görlitzer Oldtimer Parkeisenbahn - Startseite". www.goerlitzerparkeisenbahn.de.
- Wodzinski, Christian. "Startseite". www.pe-halle.de.
- "Förderverein Parkeisenbahn Syratal Plauen - Home". www.parkeisenbahn-plauen.de.
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