List of ridable miniature railways

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Not to be confused with Minimum gauge railway.
Miniature railway ride in West Ryde, Australia in 2007.
Locomotive and train on the Chemin de fer touristique d'Anse (fr) in France.
Emerson Zooline Railroad's Chance Rides C.P. Huntington train in Saint Louis Zoo, one of hundreds of exact copies of this ride model in locations worldwide.

A ridable miniature railway (USA: 'riding railroad' or grand scale railroad) is a ground-level, large scale model railway that hauls passengers using locomotives that are models of full-sized railway locomotives (powered by diesel or petrol engines, live steam engines or electric motors).

Overview[edit]

Typically miniature railways have a rail track gauge between 5 in (127 mm) and 18 in (457 mm), though both larger and smaller gauges are used.

These large model railroads are most often seen in urban parks or in commercial settings, such as amusement park rides.

The major distinction between a miniature railway and a narrow gauge railway is that miniature lines use models of full-sized prototypes. There are miniature railways that run on gauges as wide as the 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge on the defunct Disneyland Viewliner, or as wide as the 2 ft (610 mm) gauge on the operating Wicksteed Park Railway. There are also narrow gauge railways running on extremely narrow track as small as 15 in (381 mm) gauge or less, for example the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway, Perrygrove Railway and the Eaton Hall Railway. These are known as minimum gauge railways.

Typically in the UK miniature lines are operated as public heritage railways, though many private lines also exist, especially in the USA.

At gauges of 5 in (127 mm) and less, the track is commonly raised above ground level. Flat cars are arranged with foot boards so that driver and passengers sit astride the track. The track is often multi-gauged, to accommodate 5 in (127 mm), 3 12 in (89 mm), and sometimes 2 12 in (64 mm) gauge locomotives.

Track can also be portable, even in gauges as large as 5 in. Typically portable track is used to demonstrate locomotives at temporary events such as fêtes and summer fairs.[1] Portable track can be either raised or ground level.

In Australia, most 5 inch gauge tracks are at ground level.

Australian societies are generally members of the Australian Association of Live Steamers, Ltd, which arranges Codes of Practice for Operations, Standards and Training, for the operation of miniature railways below 8 inch gauge through their subcommittee the Australian Live Steamers Safety Committee (ALSSC), and Boiler codes for the operation of miniature steam boilers through the Australian Miniature Boiler Safety Committee (AMBSC).

Miniature railways by rail gauge[edit]

3 12 in (89 mm) gauge[edit]

In the UK[edit]

  • Barton House Railway Wroxham, Norfolk, UK
  • Crowborough Miniature Railway, East Sussex, UK [2]
  • Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway, Oxfordshire, Oxford[3]
  • Leyland Society of Model Engineers, Lancashire[4]
  • Maidstone Model Engineering Society, Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent, UK[5]
  • Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd, Surrey, UK[6]
  • North London Society of Model Engineers (NLSME), Hertfordshire, UK[7]
  • Ridgeway Park light railway, Chingford, London, UK
  • Spenborough Model & Experimental Engineers Ltd, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire BD195LL[8]
  • Tonbridge Model Engineering Society, Kent, UK[9]

Elsewhere[edit]

  • Kingston Miniature Railway, Canberra, Australia[10]
  • S.A.S.M.E.E. Park, Adelaide, Australia[11]

4 34 in (121 mm) gauge[edit]

5 in (127 mm) gauge[edit]

Miniature railway on Lindenhof hill in Zürich (Switzerland).

In the UK[edit]

  • Coventry Model Engineering Society (Running "Ryton Pool Miniature Railway", also 3 12 in (89 mm) gauge) UK
  • Crowborough Miniature Railway UK
  • Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway (raised & ground level), Oxfordshire, Oxford UK[3]
  • East Grinstead Model Engineering Society (portable ground level), East Grinstead,West Sussex, UK[1]
  • Eaton Park Miniature Railway, Norwich, England (two lines, one 3.5 and 5 inch gauge track, one mixed 5 and 7.25 inch gauge)
  • Leyland Society of Model Engineers, Lancashire UK[4]
  • Maidstone Model Engineering Society, Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent, UK[5]
  • Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd, UK[6]
  • Mid Cheshire Society of Model Engineers, Sandiway, Cheshire, UK[12]
  • GEC Model Engineering Society (Running "GEC Miniature Railway", also 3 12 in (89 mm) & 7 14 in (184 mm) gauges) UK
  • Guildford Model Engineering Society[13] UK
  • Hove Park Railway UK[14]
  • North London Society of Model Engineers (NLSME)[7] UK
  • Ridgeway Park light railway, Chingford, London, UK
  • Strawberry Line - part of Avon Valley Country Park UK
  • Spenborough Model & Experimental Engineers Ltd, Cleckheaton West Yorkshire BD195LL[8] UK
  • Thames Ditton Miniature Railway[6] UK
  • Tonbridge Model Engineering Society[9] UK

Elsewhere[edit]

  • Kingston Miniature Railway, Canberra, Australia[10]
  • Hawkes Bay Model Engineering Society, Anderson Park, Napier, New Zealand - 3 12 in (89 mm) and 5 in (127 mm)
  • Northern Districts Model Engineering Society, Balcatta, Western Australia, Australia - 2 12 in (64 mm), 3 12 in (89 mm), 5 in (127 mm) and 7 14 in (184 mm)
  • Portarlington Miniature Railway, Victoria, Australia; 5 in (127 mm) and 7 14 in (184 mm) [15]
  • S.A.S.M.E.E. Park, Adelaide, Australia[16]
  • Stoomgroep West Zuiderpark, The Hague, Netherlands. - a 3 12 in (89 mm) and 5 in (127 mm) mixed raised oval.[17]
  • Swiss Vapeur Parc, Le Bouveret, Switzerland (dual gauge: 7 14 in/​184 mm and 5 in/​127 mm)[18]
  • Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society, West Ryde, New South Wales, Australia (5 in/​127 mm and 89 mm/​3 12 in and 64 mm/​2 12 in)[19]
  • Willans Hill Miniature Railway, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia.[20]

7 14 in (184 mm) gauge[edit]

An example of 7 1/4 inch track.

In the UK[edit]

In Australia[edit]

Elsewhere[edit]

7 12 in (190.5 mm) gauge[edit]

In the USA[edit]

Elsewhere[edit]

8 14 in (210 mm) gauge[edit]

  • Brambridge Park Garden Centre, Eastleigh, Hampshire UK

9 in (229 mm) gauge[edit]

Faversham Miniature Railway in 2007.

9 716 in (240 mm) gauge[edit]

9 12 in (241 mm) gauge[edit]

10 14 in (260 mm) gauge[edit]

Wells and Walsingham Light Railway

12 in (305 mm) gauge[edit]

12 14 in (311 mm) gauge[edit]

13 38 in (340 mm) gauge[edit]

14 in (356 mm) gauge[edit]

15 in (381 mm) gauge[edit]

In the UK[edit]

Bure Valley Railway
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

In the USA[edit]

Glenwood, South Park & Pacific engine #13

Elsewhere[edit]

One of the Chemin de fer touristique d'Anse (fr) trains in France.

16 in (406 mm) gauge [edit]

Two locomotives of the Whiskey River Railway, an attraction at Little Amerricka in Marshall, Wisconsin, are being readied for a day of service on the railway.

16 12 in (419 mm) gauge[edit]

18 in (457 mm) gauge[edit]

18 12 in (470 mm) gauge[edit]

19 in (483 mm) gauge[edit]

20 in (508 mm) gauge[edit]

21 in (533 mm) gauge[edit]

2 ft (610 mm) gauge[edit]

2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge[edit]

Unknown gauge[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b EGMES. "East Grinstead Model Engineering Society". East Grinstead Model Engineers. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.crowboroughminiaturerailway.com/about_us.html
  3. ^ a b c City of Oxford Society of Model Engineers (COSME) website UK
  4. ^ a b c Leyland Society of Model Engineers website
  5. ^ a b Maidstone Model Engineering Society
  6. ^ a b c d Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd Website
  7. ^ a b c NLSME website
  8. ^ a b c (http://www.spenborough.me.uk/)
  9. ^ a b Tonbridge Model Engineering Society
  10. ^ a b c Canberra Society of Model and Experimental Engineers
  11. ^ S.A.S.M.E.E. Park, Adelaide, Australia
  12. ^ a b http://www.mcsme.co.uk
  13. ^ a b Guildford Model Engineering Society
  14. ^ Hove Park Railway
  15. ^ a b "Portarlington Miniature Railway". Flickr. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  16. ^ a b SA Society of Model & Experimental Engineers (S.A.S.M.E.E.) unofficial home page, located in S.A.S.M.E.E. Park
  17. ^ a b "Club tracks".
  18. ^ a b Swiss Vapeur Parc
  19. ^ Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society Co-op Ltd website
  20. ^ a b WAGGA WAGGA Society of Model Engineers, official website. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  21. ^ http://www.sheffieldsmee.co.uk/
  22. ^ [1]
  23. ^ website
  24. ^ a b Barkingk (BPLR) website
  25. ^ Bekonscot Light Railway website
  26. ^ Bentley Miniature Railway website
  27. ^ a b c "About DMR". Dragon Miniature Railway. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  28. ^ a b 1949 to 1962
  29. ^ Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway
  30. ^ East Herts Miniature Railway website
  31. ^ Echills Wood Railway website
  32. ^ Fancott Miniature Railway website
  33. ^ [http:www.foxfieldminiaturerailway.co.uk/ Foxfield Miniature Railway Website]
  34. ^ Frimley Lodge Miniature Railway website
  35. ^ Great Cockcrow Railway website
  36. ^ [2]
  37. ^ Halton Miniature Railway Society
  38. ^ High Legh Railway
  39. ^ http://www.iwemrc.org.uk/714_gauge.asp
  40. ^ Little Orchard Railway website
  41. ^ Mizens Railway website
  42. ^ Moors Valley Railway website
  43. ^ a b Mortocombe Railway website
  44. ^ Pinewood Miniature Railway
  45. ^ Miniature Railway World
  46. ^ "End of the line for Pugneys Light Railway?". Wakefield Express. 15 March 2015. 
  47. ^ Saltwood Miniature Railway website
  48. ^ Strand Miniature Railway
  49. ^ Thames Ditton Miniature Railway
  50. ^ Railway website
  51. ^ MRW website entry
  52. ^ Weston Park Railway website
  53. ^ WMR Social website
  54. ^ Woodseaves Miniature Railway website
  55. ^ Altona Miniature Railway website
  56. ^ Diamond Valley Miniature Railway website
  57. ^ http://www.mvrail.org.au
  58. ^ Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers website
  59. ^ Keirunga Park Railway website
  60. ^ "Welcome to Esch-sur-Alzette", Luxembourg National Tourist Office. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  61. ^ (http://home.datacomm.ch/slb/index.html)
  62. ^ (http://www.stoomgroep.be/)
  63. ^ Annetta Valley & Western Railroad website
  64. ^ Carillon Park Railroad website
  65. ^ Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society website
  66. ^ Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad website
  67. ^ Golden Gate Live Steamers website
  68. ^ Great Lakes Live Steamers website
  69. ^ a b Hesston Steam Museum website
  70. ^ Houton Area Live Steamers website
  71. ^ Illinois Live Steamers website
  72. ^ Kitsap Live Steamers website
  73. ^ Railroad Museum of South Florida Train Village website
  74. ^ City of Largo, Florida: Train Weekend
  75. ^ North Georgia Live Steamers website
  76. ^ Orange County Model Engineers website
  77. ^ Riverside Live Steamers website
  78. ^ Sacramento Valley Live Steamers website
  79. ^ Sagebrush Short Line Railroad website
  80. ^ Shady Dell Pacific, Pacific Northwest Live Steamers website
  81. ^ Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad website
  82. ^ Train Mountain website
  83. ^ Triad Live Steamers, Farmington and Harrisburg website
  84. ^ Wales West Website
  85. ^ White Creek Railroad website
  86. ^ Willow Creek Railroad website
  87. ^ Burnaby Central Railway website
  88. ^ http://minitraindesmarais.free.fr/sommaire.htm
  89. ^ Paradise Valley Railroad website
  90. ^ Audley End Railway website
  91. ^ Beale Park website
  92. ^ Berkeley Light Railway website
  93. ^ Bickington Steam Railway website
  94. ^ Birchley Miniature Railway website UK
  95. ^ Eastleigh Lakeside Railway website
  96. ^ Savilles Garden Centre
  97. ^ Royal Victoria Railway website
  98. ^ Rudyard Lake Steam Railway website
  99. ^ Stapleford Miniature Railway website
  100. ^ Sutton Hall Railway website
  101. ^ Vanstone Woodland Railway website
  102. ^ Wells Harbour Railway website
  103. ^ City of Wenatchee - Wenatchee Riverfront Railway
  104. ^ website
  105. ^ C&H Railroad website
  106. ^ Emerald Hills Railway website
  107. ^ Folsom Valley Railway website
  108. ^ Ruislip Lido Railway website
  109. ^ Wabash Frisco & Pacific Railway website
  110. ^ [3]
  111. ^ Hotham Park Miniature Railway website
  112. ^ Littlehampton Miniature Railway website
  113. ^ Adventure City website
  114. ^ Castle Park website
  115. ^ Combe Martin Wildlife Park website
  116. ^ Evesham Vale Light Railway website
  117. ^ Kirklees Light Railway website
  118. ^ website Longleat
  119. ^ website Markeaton
  120. ^ American Heritage Railroad
  121. ^ http://www.uni.edu/iowaonline/folklife/2/2/handouts/02.pdf
  122. ^ Glenwood South Park & Pacific Railroad website
  123. ^ Hillcrest & Wahtoke Steam Railroad website
  124. ^ Joshua Tree & Southern website
  125. ^ Laurel Run Railroad website
  126. ^ Paradise and Pacific Railroad website
  127. ^ Phoenix & Holly Railroad
  128. ^ Redwood Valley Railway website
  129. ^ Sonoma Traintown website
  130. ^ Waterman & Western Railroad website
  131. ^ Springbank Express
  132. ^ http://www.srmduluth.org/G16/G16-history.shtml
  133. ^ Balboa Park Miniature Railroad website
  134. ^ Cedar Rock Railroad
  135. ^ Little Florida Coast Line website
  136. ^ AuSable Valley Railroad website
  137. ^ Crown Metal Products Locomotive Roster
  138. ^ Railway Preservation News
  139. ^ [4]
  140. ^ Smokey Joe Railroad website
  141. ^ "The Miniature Railway". CEC: Closed Canadian Parks. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  142. ^ Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad website
  143. ^ Collegeville and Southern Railway website
  144. ^ Heath Park Tramway
  145. ^ Meadows and Lake Kathleen Railroad website
  146. ^ National Railway Museum website
  147. ^ Venice Miniature Railway
  148. ^ "Forest Park Miniature Railroad". Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  149. ^ Robert D. West (May 2, 2014). "Farewell is not Forever - Part 4: Oaks Amusement Park". Retrieved July 30, 2014. This train replaced a Miniature Train & Railroad Company G-16 that was installed in 1956. The G-16 ran on 16" gauge track, and resembled a diesel locomotive, painted in the colors of the Union Pacific Railroad. The track is dual-gauge: 16" for the former train and 24" for the current one. The train operates on a 2,600 foot oval-shaped loop that encircles the picnic areas. 
  150. ^ Brackenridge Eagle
  151. ^ Matsudayama Herb Garden railway info

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