Fifteen-inch gauge railway

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One of the Chemin de fer Touristique d'Anse's X131 when passing through the hills

Fifteen-inch gauge railways were pioneered by Sir Arthur Percival Heywood who was interested in what he termed a minimum gauge railway for use as estate railways or to be easy to lay on, for instance, a battlefield.[1] In 1874, he described the principle behind it as used for his Duffield Bank Railway, distinguishing it from a "narrow-gauge" railway. Having previously built a small railway of 9 in (229 mm) gauge, he settled on 15 in (381 mm) gauge as the minimum that he felt was practical.

Installations[edit]

Name Gauge Country Location Notes
Bush Mill Railway 15 in (381 mm) Australia Australia Port Arthur Closed
Donauparkbahn [de] 15 in (381 mm) Austria Austria Vienna [2]
Prater Liliputbahn 15 in (381 mm) Austria Austria Vienna
Bear Creek Park Train 15 in (381 mm) Canada Canada Surrey, British Columbia [3]
Pindal Electric Tramway 15 in (381 mm) Canada Canada London, Ontario Formerly in Montreal
Springbank Express 15 in (381 mm) Canada Canada London, Ontario [4]
Chemin de fer Touristique d'Anse 15 in (381 mm) France France Anse, Rhône
Dresden Park Railway 15 in (381 mm) Germany Germany
Killesberg Park Railway 15 in (381 mm) Germany Germany Stuttgart
Leipziger Parkeisenbahn 15 in (381 mm) Germany Germany Leipzig
Cygnus wood-land Railway 15 in (381 mm) Japan Japan Osaka [5]
Sakuradani Light Railway 15 in (381 mm) Japan Japan Toyono District of Osaka Prefecture
Difflin Lake Railway 15 in (381 mm) Republic of Ireland Ireland
Shuzenji Romney Railway 15 in (381 mm) Japan Japan Niji-no-Sato (Rainbow Park) in Izu, Shizuoka
Driving Creek Railway 15 in (381 mm) New Zealand New Zealand
Whangaparaoa Narrow Gauge Railway 15 in (381 mm) New Zealand New Zealand Closed[6][7]
Adventure Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Alton Towers (defunct, 1982–1992 - park still operating)
Bellevue Park Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Belfast, Northern Ireland (defunct)
Blackpool Zoo miniature railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Lancashire
Blenheim Park Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Oxfordshire
Brocklands Adventure Park 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Cornwall Closed
Bure Valley Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Lincolnshire
Conwy Valley Railway Museum 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Betws-y-Coed, North Wales (short tramway)
Craigtoun Miniature Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Craigtoun Park, St. Andrews
Duffield Bank Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK
Eaton Hall Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK
Evesham Vale Light Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Evesham Country Park, Twyford, Worcestershire [8]
Fairbourne Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Wales (now converted to 12+14 in or 311 mm gauge)
Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Branch Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK
Gulliver's Land 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Milton Keynes
Gulliver's World 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Warrington, Cheshire
Haigh Hall Miniature Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Greater Manchester
Heatherslaw Light Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Northumberland
International Garden Festival Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK
Kirklees Light Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Clayton West, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire [9]
Knowsley Safari Park (The Lakeside Railway) 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Prescot, Merseyside
Lakeside Miniature Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Southport, Merseyside
Lappa Valley Steam Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Cornwall
Lightwater Express Rio Grande 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Ripon, North Yorkshire Theme Park
Longleat Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK
Markeaton Park Light Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Derby Closed September 2016[10]
Marwell Zoo 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Colden Common, Hampshire
Oakwood Theme Park 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Narberth, Pembrokeshire
Paradise Park 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Hayle, Cornwall
Paultons Park 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Ower, Romsey, Hampshire
Perrygrove Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Cumbria
Rhiw Valley Light Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Manafon, Powys, Wales
Rhyl Miniature Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Clwyd, Wales
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Kent
Saltburn Miniature Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Cat Nab, Cleveland
Sand Hutton Miniature Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Yorkshire Closed
Sherwood Forest Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Nottinghamshire
Waveney Valley Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Bressingham Steam and Gardens Norfolk
West Midlands Safari Park 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Worcestershire
Windmill Farm Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Burscough, Lancashire
Wildlife Park Cricket St Thomas 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Chard, Somerset
Wotton Light Railway 15 in (381 mm) United Kingdom UK Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire
American Heritage Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Illinois [11]
Amusement Rides 15 in (381 mm) United States USA City Park, Iowa City [12][13]
B.A.D. Great Northern Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA California [citation needed]
Eden Springs Park Railroad) 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Benton Harbor, Michigan [14]
Gage Park Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Gage Park, Topeka, Kansas
Glenwood, South Park & Pacific Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA California [15]
Hillcrest & Wahtoke Steam Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Reedley, California [16]
Joshua Tree & Southern GSD 15 in (381 mm) United States USA California [17]
Kansas City Northern Miniature Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Kansas City, Missouri [18]
Laurel Run Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Pennsylvania [19]
Little Toot Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association, Pennsylvania
Look Park 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Northampton, Massachusetts
Miniature Railway at Silver Lake, Ohio 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Silver Lake, Ohio Defunct
Miniature Train at Monarch Park 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Oil City, Pennsylvania Defunct
Nickel Plate Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA California
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Ohio [citation needed]
Orland, Newville and Pacific Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA California (operating)
Paradise & Pacific Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Scottsdale, Arizona [20] (separate 7+12 in or 190.5 mm railway named Scottsdale Live Steamers also present) (operating)
Phoenix & Holly Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Oregon [21]
Pint-Sized Pufferbelly 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania [22] (operating)
Redwood Valley Railway 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Tilden Regional Park, California [23] (operating)
Riverside and Great Northern Railway 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Wisconsin
Riverview & Twin Lakes Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Wyoming
Safari Train 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (operating)
Sonoma TrainTown Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA California [24] {(operating)
Tiny Town Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Colorado
Waterman & Western Railroad 15 in (381 mm) United States USA Illinois [25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heywood, A.P. (1974) [1881, Derby: Bemrose]. Minimum Gauge Railways. Turntable Enterprises. ISBN 0-902844-26-1.
  2. ^ Donaupark
  3. ^ Bear Creek Park
  4. ^ "CEC: Closed Canadian Parks - Springbank Park". Cec.chebucto.org. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  5. ^ "シグナス森林鉄道". Nose Electric Railway. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  6. ^ Tripadvisor
  7. ^ End of the line
  8. ^ "Home". Evlr.co.uk. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Home". Kirklesslightrailway.com. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Sadness as last remnants of Markeaton Park Railway to be demolished". Derbytelegraph. Derbyshire Live. 2018-11-02. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  11. ^ "American Heritage Railroad". Americanfarmheritagemuseum.org. Archived from the original on 12 August 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  12. ^ "City Park". City of Iowa City. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  13. ^ "City Park (Iowa City)" (PDF). Uni.edu. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Eden Springs Park Benton Harbor Michigan Formerly The House of David". Edenspringspark.org. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Glenwood, South Park & Pacific Railroad". Traill.us. Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Hillcrest". Hillcrestreedley.com. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Joshua Tree & Southern GSD". Home.easrthlink.net. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Kansas City Northern Miniature Railroad". kcparks.org/places/kansas-city-northern-railroad.
  19. ^ "Reading Society of Model Engineers". Rsme.org. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  20. ^ Sayre, Dave. "McCormick - Stillman Railroad Park". Arizonaandpacificrr.com. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  21. ^ "Flower Farmer and Phoenix & Holly Railroad - Welcome to the Flower Farmer and Phoenix & Holly Railroad". Flowerfamrer.com. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  22. ^ Pint-Sized Pufferbelly
  23. ^ "Redwood Valley Railway". Redwoodvalleyrailway.com. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  24. ^ "TrainTown Website". Traintown.com. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  25. ^ "waterman & western railroad - Home". Petestrain.com. Retrieved 1 June 2016.