Rail transport in Nauru
Rail transport in Nauru is used for moving phosphate of lime from the island's interior to the cantilever jetties on the island's western coast. For this purpose, a 3.9 km long, 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway was built by the Pacific Phosphate Company in 1907. The line passes through the districts of Aiwo, Buada, Denigomodu, Nibok, Uaboe and Anibare.
The railway at Aiwo jetty was electrified in 1912, but replaced by a conveyor belt between the storage bins and the jetty head.
The gauge was upgraded to 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge by the British Phosphate Commission in 1920. In the past, steam engines were used to power the trains, but the railway is nowadays worked by diesel engines, though occasionally, a tractor is used.
The trains of Nauru have been depicted on commemorative Nauruan postage stamps.
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