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Narrow gauge railway lines in Estonia. Narrow lines on the map represent the narrow gauge. Some lines (Tallinn–Pärnu–Mõisaküla and Lelle–Viljandi) were later replaced by the wide gauge.
Survived narrow gauge railway on
Narrow gauge steam engine Kc4-100 in Tallinn.
Estonian narrow gauge railways were built at the gauge of 750 mm ( 2 ft ). 5 in 1⁄ 2 Four museum lines and some industrial peat railways survive. [1 ]
Railways [ edit ]
Kunda cement factory, the first narrow gauge railway in Estonia, built 1886.
Pärnu– Mõisaküla– Valga line, 121 km, opened 1896.
Tallinn– Lelle– Türi– Viljandi– Mõisaküla line. 196 km, opened in several stages between 1897 and 1900. Short branch line from Türi to Paide, 14 km, opened 1901.
Valga– Mõniste– Ape– Alūksne– Gulbene line, opened in 1903.
Liiva– Vääna, 23 km, part of Peter the Great's Naval Fortress' railway network around Tallinn. The line to Vääna was built in several stages in 1913.
Paide– Tamsalu, 47 km, built during WWI as a military railway, opened to public passenger and freight traffic in 1918.
Riisselja– Orajõe, 44 km, opened 1923). In 1928 extended to Ikla, on the border to Latvia (5 km). In 1942 1 km long extension across the border to Ainazi, terminus of the 750 mm ( 2 ft ) gauge 5 in 1⁄ 2 Valmiera supply railway.
Lelle–Papiniidu ( Pärnu), 71 km, opened 1928). 27-km long branch from Viluvere to Vändra.
Rapla– Virtsu, 96 km, opened 1931.
Sonda– Mustvee line in northeastern Estonia, 63 km with several branches.
Järvakandi glassworks, 15 km, industrial
Museums [ edit ]
Lavassaare railway museum houses a large collection of steam and diesel locomotives with a 2 km long 750 mm ( 2 ft ) gauge railway. 5 in 1⁄ 2  There is a museum with a
750 mm ( 2 ft ) gauge, 500 m long line in 5 in 1⁄ 2 Avinurme which houses one locomotive and a collection of wagons. An underground museum with a short electric line is located in
Kiviõli in the Northeast-Estonian industrial area. A former military railway line with a
750 mm ( 2 ft ) gauge is located on 5 in 1⁄ 2 Naissaar island in the northern Estonia.
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