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List of ridable miniature railways

Miniature railway ride in West Ryde, Australia in 2007.
Locomotive and train on the Chemin de fer touristique d'Anse 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).

Contents

  • Overview 1
  • Miniature railways by rail gauge 2
    • 3 12 in (89 mm) gauge 2.1
      • In the UK 2.1.1
      • Elsewhere 2.1.2
    • 4 34 in (121 mm) gauge 2.2
    • 5 in (127 mm) gauge 2.3
      • In the UK 2.3.1
      • Elsewhere 2.3.2
    • 7 14 in (184 mm) gauge 2.4
      • In the UK 2.4.1
      • Australia 2.4.2
      • Elsewhere 2.4.3
    • 7 12 in (190.5 mm) gauge 2.5
      • In the USA 2.5.1
      • Elsewhere 2.5.2
    • 8 14 in (210 mm) gauge 2.6
    • 9 in (229 mm) gauge 2.7
    • 9 716 in (240 mm) gauge 2.8
    • 9 12 in (241 mm) gauge 2.9
    • 10 14 in (260 mm) gauge 2.10
    • 11 in gauge 2.11
    • 12 in (305 mm) gauge 2.12
    • 12 14 in (311 mm) gauge 2.13
    • 13 38 in (340 mm) gauge 2.14
    • 14 in (356 mm) gauge 2.15
    • 15 in (381 mm) gauge 2.16
      • In the UK 2.16.1
      • In the USA 2.16.2
      • Elsewhere in the world 2.16.3
    • 16 in (406 mm) gauge 2.17
    • 16 12 in (419 mm) gauge 2.18
    • 18 in (457 mm) gauge 2.19
    • 18 12 in (470 mm) gauge 2.20
    • 19 in (483 mm) gauge 2.21
    • 20 in (508 mm) gauge 2.22
    • 21 in (533 mm) gauge 2.23
    • 2 ft (610 mm) gauge 2.24
    • 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge 2.25
    • Unknown gauge 2.26
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Overview

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

3 12 in (89 mm) gauge

In the UK

  • 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

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

4 34 in (121 mm) gauge

5 in (127 mm) gauge

Miniature railway on Lindenhof hill in Zürich (Switzerland).

In the UK

  • 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

  • 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

An example of 7 1/4 inch track.

In the UK

Australia

  • Altona Miniature Railway, Victoria, Australia (5 in/​127 mm and 184 mm/​7 14 in)[52]
  • Campbelltown Miniature Passenger Railway, Victoria, Australia
  • Castedare Miniature Railway, Wilson, Western Australia, Australia
  • Cohunu Park Railway, Byford, Western Australia, Australia
  • Diamond Valley Railway, Eltham Victoria, Australia (184 mm/​7 14 in)[53]
  • Kingston Miniature Railway, Canberra, Australia[9]
  • MVRail, Morphett Vale Railway, Morphett vale, Weatsheaf Rd, South Australia[54]
  • 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]
  • Willans Hill Miniature Railway, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia.[19]

Elsewhere

7 12 in (190.5 mm) gauge

In the USA

Elsewhere

8 14 in (210 mm) gauge

  • Brambridge Park Garden Centre, Eastleigh, Hampshire UK

9 in (229 mm) gauge

Faversham Miniature Railway in 2007.

9 716 in (240 mm) gauge

9 12 in (241 mm) gauge

10 14 in (260 mm) gauge

Wells and Walsingham Light Railway

11 in gauge

12 in (305 mm) gauge

12 14 in (311 mm) gauge

13 38 in (340 mm) gauge

14 in (356 mm) gauge

15 in (381 mm) gauge

In the UK

Bure Valley Railway
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

In the USA

Glenwood, South Park & Pacific engine #13

Elsewhere in the world

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

16 in (406 mm) gauge

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

18 in (457 mm) gauge

18 12 in (470 mm) gauge

19 in (483 mm) gauge

20 in (508 mm) gauge

21 in (533 mm) gauge

2 ft (610 mm) gauge

2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge

Unknown gauge

See also

References

  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/
  21. ^ [7]
  22. ^ website
  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. ^ [8]
  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. ^ WMR Social website
  51. ^ Woodseaves Miniature Railway website
  52. ^ Altona Miniature Railway website
  53. ^ Diamond Valley Miniature Railway website
  54. ^ http://www.mvrail.org.au
  55. ^ Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers website
  56. ^ Keirunga Park Railway website
  57. ^ "Welcome to Esch-sur-Alzette", Luxembourg National Tourist Office. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  58. ^ (http://home.datacomm.ch/slb/index.html)
  59. ^ (http://www.stoomgroep.be/)
  60. ^ Annetta Valley & Western Railroad website
  61. ^ Carillon Park Railroad website
  62. ^ Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society website
  63. ^ Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad website
  64. ^ Golden Gate Live Steamers website
  65. ^ Great Lakes Live Steamers website
  66. ^ a b Hesston Steam Museum website
  67. ^ Houton Area Live Steamers website
  68. ^ Illinois Live Steamers website
  69. ^ Kitsap Live Steamers website
  70. ^ Railroad Museum of South Florida Train Village website
  71. ^ City of Largo, Florida: Train Weekend
  72. ^ North Georgia Live Steamers website
  73. ^ Orange County Model Engineers website
  74. ^ Riverside Live Steamers website
  75. ^ Sacramento Valley Live Steamers website
  76. ^ Sagebrush Short Line Railroad website
  77. ^ Shady Dell Pacific, Pacific Northwest Live Steamers website
  78. ^ Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad website
  79. ^ Train Mountain website
  80. ^ Triad Live Steamers, Farmington and Harrisburg website
  81. ^ White Creek Railroad website
  82. ^ Willow Creek Railroad website
  83. ^ Burnaby Central Railway website
  84. ^ http://minitraindesmarais.free.fr/sommaire.htm
  85. ^ Paradise Valley Railroad website
  86. ^ Audley End Railway website
  87. ^ Beale Park website
  88. ^ Berkeley Light Railway website
  89. ^ Bickington Steam Railway website
  90. ^ Birchley Miniature Railway website UK
  91. ^ Eastleigh Lakeside Railway website
  92. ^ Savilles Garden Centre
  93. ^ Royal Victoria Railway website
  94. ^ Rudyard Lake Steam Railway website
  95. ^ Stapleford Miniature Railway website
  96. ^ Sutton Hall Railway website
  97. ^ Vanstone Woodland Railway website
  98. ^ Wells Harbour Railway website
  99. ^ City of Wenatchee - Wenatchee Riverfront Railway
  100. ^ website
  101. ^ C&H Railroad website
  102. ^ Emerald Hills Railway website
  103. ^ Folsom Valley Railway website
  104. ^ Ruislip Lido Railway website
  105. ^ Wabash Frisco & Pacific Railway website
  106. ^ [9]
  107. ^ Hotham Park Miniature Railway website
  108. ^ Littlehampton Miniature Railway website
  109. ^ Combe Martin Wildlife Park website
  110. ^ Evesham Vale Light Railway website
  111. ^ Kirklees Light Railway website
  112. ^ website Longleat
  113. ^ website Markeaton
  114. ^ American Heritage Railroad
  115. ^ http://www.uni.edu/iowaonline/folklife/2/2/handouts/02.pdf
  116. ^ Glenwood South Park & Pacific Railroad website
  117. ^ Hillcrest & Wahtoke Steam Railroad website
  118. ^ Joshua Tree & Southern website
  119. ^ Laurel Run Railroad website
  120. ^ Paradise and Pacific Railroad website
  121. ^ Phoenix & Holly Railroad
  122. ^ Redwood Valley Railway website
  123. ^ Sonoma Traintown website
  124. ^ Waterman & Western Railroad website
  125. ^ Springbank Express
  126. ^ http://www.srmduluth.org/G16/G16-history.shtml
  127. ^ Balboa Park Miniature Railroad website
  128. ^ Cedar Rock Railroad
  129. ^ Little Florida Coast Line website
  130. ^ AuSable Valley Railroad website
  131. ^ Crown Metal Products Locomotive Roster
  132. ^ Railway Preservation News
  133. ^ [10]
  134. ^ Smokey Joe Railroad website
  135. ^ "The Miniature Railway". CEC: Closed Canadian Parks. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  136. ^ Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad website
  137. ^ Collegeville and Southern Railway website
  138. ^ Heath Park Tramway
  139. ^ Meadows and Lake Kathleen Railroad website
  140. ^ National Railway Museum website
  141. ^ Venice Miniature Railway
  142. ^ "Forest Park Miniature Railroad". Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  143. ^ 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. 
  144. ^ Brackenridge Eagle
  145. ^ Matsudayama Herb Garden railway info

External links

  • Grand Scales Quarterly the US magazine of grand scale railroading
  • Miniature Railway World
  • Live Steam Tracks
  • Britains Great Little Railways
  • City of Oxford Society of Model Engineers
  • 7¼ Inch Gauge Society
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