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.

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]

  • Crowborough Miniature Railway, East Sussex, UK [1]
  • Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway, Oxfordshire, Oxford[2]
  • Leyland Society of Model Engineers, Lancashire[3]
  • Maidstone Model Engineering Society, Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent, UK[4]
  • Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd, Surrey, UK[5]
  • North London Society of Model Engineers (NLSME), Hertfordshire, UK[6]
  • Spenborough Model & Experimental Engineers Ltd, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire BD195LL[7]
  • Tonbridge Model Engineering Society, Kent, UK[8]

Elsewhere[edit]

  • Kingston Miniature Railway, Canberra, Australia[9]
  • S.A.S.M.E.E. Park, Adelaide, Australia[10]

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[2]
  • 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[3]
  • Maidstone Model Engineering Society, Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent, UK[4]
  • Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd, UK[5]
  • Mid Cheshire Society of Model Engineers, Sandiway, Cheshire, UK[11]
  • 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[12] UK
  • Hove Park Railway UK[13]
  • North London Society of Model Engineers (NLSME)[6] UK
  • Strawberry Line - part of Avon Valley Country Park UK
  • Spenborough Model & Experimental Engineers Ltd, Cleckheaton West Yorkshire BD195LL[7] UK
  • Thames Ditton Miniature Railway[5] UK
  • Tonbridge Model Engineering Society[8] UK

Elsewhere[edit]

  • Kingston Miniature Railway, Canberra, Australia[9]
  • 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) [14]
  • S.A.S.M.E.E. Park, Adelaide, Australia[15]
  • Stoomgroep West Zuiderpark, The Hague, Netherlands. - a 3 12 in (89 mm) and 5 in (127 mm) mixed raised oval.[16]
  • Swiss Vapeur Parc, Le Bouveret, Switzerland (dual gauge: 7 14 in/​184 mm and 5 in/​127 mm)[17]
  • 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)[18]
  • Willans Hill Miniature Railway, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia.[19]

7 14 in (184 mm) gauge[edit]

An example of 7 1/4 inch track.

In the UK[edit]

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 in the world[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. ^ http://www.crowboroughminiaturerailway.com/about_us.html
  2. ^ a b c City of Oxford Society of Model Engineers (COSME) website UK
  3. ^ a b c website
  4. ^ a b Maidstone Model Engineering Society
  5. ^ a b c d e Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd Website
  6. ^ a b c NLSME website
  7. ^ a b c (http://www.spenborough.me.uk/)
  8. ^ a b Tonbridge Model Engineering Society
  9. ^ a b c Canberra Society of Model and Experimental Engineers
  10. ^ S.A.S.M.E.E. Park, Adelaide, Australia
  11. ^ a b http://www.mcsme.co.uk
  12. ^ a b Guildford Model Engineering Society
  13. ^ Hove Park Railway
  14. ^ a b "Portarlington Miniature Railway". Flickr. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ a b "Club tracks".
  17. ^ a b Swiss Vapeur Parc
  18. ^ Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society Co-op Ltd website
  19. ^ a b WAGGA WAGGA Society of Model Engineers, official website. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  20. ^ http://www.sheffieldsmee.co.uk/
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  23. ^ a b website
  24. ^ Bekonscot Light Railway website
  25. ^ Bentley Miniature Railway website
  26. ^ a b c "About DMR". Dragon Miniature Railway. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  27. ^ a b 1949 to 1962
  28. ^ Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway
  29. ^ East Herts Miniature Railway website
  30. ^ Echills Wood Railway website
  31. ^ Fancott Miniature Railway website
  32. ^ Frimley Lodge Miniature Railway website
  33. ^ Great Cockcrow Railway website
  34. ^ [2]
  35. ^ Halton Miniature Railway Society
  36. ^ High Legh Railway
  37. ^ http://www.iwemrc.org.uk/714_gauge.asp
  38. ^ Little Orchard Railway website
  39. ^ Mizens Railway website
  40. ^ Moors Valley Railway website
  41. ^ a b Mortocombe Railway website
  42. ^ Pinewood Miniature Railway
  43. ^ Miniature Railway World
  44. ^ "End of the line for Pugneys Light Railway?". Wakefield Express. 15 March 2015. 
  45. ^ Saltwood Miniature Railway website
  46. ^ Strand Miniature Railway
  47. ^ Railway website
  48. ^ MRW website entry
  49. ^ Weston Park Railway website
  50. ^ Altona Miniature Railway website
  51. ^ Diamond Valley Miniature Railway website
  52. ^ http://www.mvrail.org.au
  53. ^ Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers website
  54. ^ Keirunga Park Railway website
  55. ^ "Welcome to Esch-sur-Alzette", Luxembourg National Tourist Office. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  56. ^ (http://home.datacomm.ch/slb/index.html)
  57. ^ (http://www.stoomgroep.be/)
  58. ^ Annetta Valley & Western Railroad website
  59. ^ Carillon Park Railroad website
  60. ^ Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society website
  61. ^ Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad website
  62. ^ Golden Gate Live Steamers website
  63. ^ Great Lakes Live Steamers website
  64. ^ a b Hesston Steam Museum website
  65. ^ Houton Area Live Steamers website
  66. ^ Illinois Live Steamers website
  67. ^ Kitsap Live Steamers website
  68. ^ Railroad Museum of South Florida Train Village website
  69. ^ City of Largo, Florida: Train Weekend
  70. ^ North Georgia Live Steamers website
  71. ^ Orange County Model Engineers website
  72. ^ Riverside Live Steamers website
  73. ^ Sacramento Valley Live Steamers website
  74. ^ Sagebrush Short Line Railroad website
  75. ^ Shady Dell Pacific, Pacific Northwest Live Steamers website
  76. ^ Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad website
  77. ^ Train Mountain website
  78. ^ Triad Live Steamers, Farmington and Harrisburg website
  79. ^ White Creek Railroad website
  80. ^ Willow Creek Railroad website
  81. ^ Burnaby Central Railway website
  82. ^ http://minitraindesmarais.free.fr/sommaire.htm
  83. ^ Paradise Valley Railroad website
  84. ^ Audley End Railway website
  85. ^ Beale Park website
  86. ^ Berkeley Light Railway website
  87. ^ Bickington Steam Railway website
  88. ^ Birchley Miniature Railway website UK
  89. ^ Eastleigh Lakeside Railway website
  90. ^ Savilles Garden Centre
  91. ^ Royal Victoria Railway website
  92. ^ Rudyard Lake Steam Railway website
  93. ^ Stapleford Miniature Railway website
  94. ^ Sutton Hall Railway website
  95. ^ Vanstone Woodland Railway website
  96. ^ Wells Harbour Railway website
  97. ^ City of Wenatchee - Wenatchee Riverfront Railway
  98. ^ website
  99. ^ C&H Railroad website
  100. ^ Emerald Hills Railway website
  101. ^ Folsom Valley Railway website
  102. ^ Ruislip Lido Railway website
  103. ^ Wabash Frisco & Pacific Railway website
  104. ^ [3]
  105. ^ Hotham Park Miniature Railway website
  106. ^ Littlehampton Miniature Railway website
  107. ^ Combe Martin Wildlife Park website
  108. ^ Evesham Vale Light Railway website
  109. ^ Kirklees Light Railway website
  110. ^ website Longleat
  111. ^ website Markeaton
  112. ^ American Heritage Railroad
  113. ^ http://www.uni.edu/iowaonline/folklife/2/2/handouts/02.pdf
  114. ^ Glenwood South Park & Pacific Railroad website
  115. ^ Hillcrest & Wahtoke Steam Railroad website
  116. ^ Joshua Tree & Southern website
  117. ^ Laurel Run Railroad website
  118. ^ Paradise and Pacific Railroad website
  119. ^ Phoenix & Holly Railroad
  120. ^ Redwood Valley Railway website
  121. ^ Sonoma Traintown website
  122. ^ Waterman & Western Railroad website
  123. ^ Springbank Express
  124. ^ http://www.srmduluth.org/G16/G16-history.shtml
  125. ^ Balboa Park Miniature Railroad website
  126. ^ Cedar Rock Railroad
  127. ^ Little Florida Coast Line website
  128. ^ AuSable Valley Railroad website
  129. ^ Crown Metal Products Locomotive Roster
  130. ^ Railway Preservation News
  131. ^ [4]
  132. ^ Smokey Joe Railroad website
  133. ^ "The Miniature Railway". CEC: Closed Canadian Parks. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  134. ^ Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad website
  135. ^ Collegeville and Southern Railway website
  136. ^ Heath Park Tramway
  137. ^ Meadows and Lake Kathleen Railroad website
  138. ^ National Railway Museum website
  139. ^ Venice Miniature Railway
  140. ^ "Forest Park Miniature Railroad". Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  141. ^ 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. 
  142. ^ Brackenridge Eagle
  143. ^ Matsudayama Herb Garden railway info

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