Ferrocarril Central Dominicano, Shay, Puerto Plata
Ingenio Angelina 1876-? Sugar plantation Operated Baldwin 2-6-6-2, dieselized by the 1960's
F.C. El Oro Southern line 750mm, eastern line metre gauge.
F.C. de Bahia a Chone, 49 miles, 3 steam locos, 2 coaches, 6 freight cars (1958)
Cia. Bananera del Ecuador, United Fruit Company (Industrial or public?)
Egyptian Delta Light Railways 1898 - ? about 1000km. Built in 750mm gauge, unusual for a British railway. Network of lines throughout the delta region, north of Cairo, supporting the standard gauge railways. Not all lines connected. Early loco fleet as follows:
35 - Bagnell 4-4-0T, 1898; 18 - Krauss 2-4-0T, 1900; 16 - Krauss 0-6-2T, 1900; 30 - Nasmyth Wilson & North British 0-6-4T, 1907. Had a total of 129 locos in 1930. Later about 50 Sentinels added, and diesels first appeared in the 1930's.
Neile, A. ed., 1989, W.G.Bagnall Ltd. Narrow Gauge Locomotives & Rolling Stock 1910, Plateway Press, Brighton.
NGIRM 54. loco drawing
Fayoum Light Railways 168km. 17 locos, south of Cairo.
Khatatha - Wadi-el-Natrun Egyptian Soda and Salt Co. 56km.
Western Oasis Lines To Kharga. About 200km.
Durrant, A.E., A.A. Jorgensen, C.P. Lewis. Steam in Africa, London, 1981, Hamlyn.
Commenced 1887, converted to 950mm gauge in 1900.
Tallin - Myysakyula and branches Total 560km.
To pyarnu - Myysakyula 1896-1972 gauge widened.
Vil'yandi - Myysakyula 1897-1973.
Tallin - Vil'yandi 1901-1972 gauge widened.
Thury - Tamsalu 1915-1972 gauge widened.
To lelle - Eydapere 1919-1969 gauge widened.
Riissel'ya - Aynazhi 1923-1975.
Eydapere - Pyarnu, Vyandra 1928-1969 gauge widened.
Rapla - to Wirths 1930-1968.
Valga - Myniste - Ape (Latvia) 35km. Closed.
Sonda - Avinurme - Mustvee 71km. 1926-1972.
Tootsi 29km 1923-1983 Associated with peat industry, but also passenger service.
To vyaana-yyesuu Childrens railway.
Liiva - Rakhumyae - Nymme - Vyaana 263km. 1914-1925. Network of lines associated with Baltic fortresses.
Tallin 3km. 1914-? Associated with breakwater.
Aigna 3km on fortress island. Still in existance around 1937.
yygeva - Puurmani 1937-? Timber industry.
yykhvi 4km. Mine.
Krenkhol'm - Teyeliste 12km. 1926?-1999. Textile industry.
Kunda 3km. 1903-1944. Cement works.
Talga-Kilgi 20km. Isolated peat railway, probably now dismantled.
Naissaar 35km 1913-present. 11km remain. Russian fortress railway.
I yell 17.5km. ?-1999 Peat railway.
Piusa Glass factory & mine. Closed.
Pukh"ya - Koopsi 8km. 1972-present.
To raasiku - yoa 12km. 1917-1950. Cardboard factory.
To riysipere - Myar"yamaa 27km. ?-1984. Logging railway.
To tamsalu 1.1km. Stone quarry. Closed.
Tootsi - Metsavere 59km. 1950-present. Peat railway. Originally entirely electrified, now only in factory area.
Other peat railways existed in Estonia.
Tootsi Lavassaare 2km Museum of narrow gauge equipment based on former peat railway.
Jokioisten Rautatie. Humppila-Forssa, 1898-1974, 22.4km/15 miles 3 locos, 67 freight cars. (1958)
Loviisa-Vesijärvi Rautatie 750 mm. 81.7km/51 miles, 10 locos. Opened 1900. converted to 5' gauge 1958-60?.
HKR = Hyvinkään-Karkkilan Rautatie, 45.4km, opened in sections 1909-1911, closed 1967
Lohjan sähkörautatie (Lohja electric railway)Lohja - Lohjanjärvi, 4.7km, 1912-1929 (in factory area 1950s)
Läskelän Rautatie, Läskelä - Läskelän Joensuu, 6.2km, 1916-1944.
Outokummun - Juojärven Rautatie, Outokumpu - Pitkälahti, 12.9km, opened 1918 private, 1947 public, closed 1955.
Äänekosken - Suolahden Rautatie, Suolahti - Äänekoski, 9.3km, 1900-1943 (replaced by 1.524m gauge line)/in factory area 1966.
Jokioisten Museorautatie 14km, Jokioinen-MinkiÖ-Humppila. Steam. Trains run on Sundays June - Aug, and on Saturday night on the third weekend of September ('the starlight train').
French policy initially allowed narrow gauge lines in 750mm and metre, however pressure from the Military made metre gauge compulsory in 1888. Later 600mm lines were allowed. Only one 750mm line was built:
Cie des CF Economiques Forestiers des Landes. 12km Roquefort - Lencouaq-Jourets 1907 - 1934. 2 - 0-4-0Ts.
Germany has had 54 systems with 123 individual lines and a total of 1753km or 1052miles of track. The first line was built in 1872, the last in 1948. Many are still in operation, either as preserved and museum lines or still operating a public service. The following list is largely based on this website:
Möckmühl -Dörzbach 1900. 39km. Planned to become museum line.
Marbach - Heilbronn; 34,3 km, "Bottwartalbahn"
Marbach - Beilstein 1894 14km.
Beilstein - Ilsfeld 1899 6km.
Ilsfeld - Talheim 1900 7km.
Talheim - Heilbronndreischienig 1900 7km.
Lauffen - Leonbronn; 20,2 km, "Zabergäubahn"
Lauffen - Güglingen 1896 12km.
Güglingen - Leonbronn 1901 8km.
Schussenried - Riedlingen; 29,3 km, "Federseebahn"
Schussenried - Buchau 1896 9km.
Buchau - Dürmentingen 1915 10km.
Dürmentingen - Riedlingen 1916 10km.
Ochsenhausen - Biberach; 22,2 km, "Öchsle"
Ochsenhausen - Warthausen 1899 19km.
Warthausen - Biberach 1900 3km.
Closed 1964-83, now a museum line Ochsenhausen - Warthausen.
Brandenburg / Berlin
Kleinbahnen der Kreise "Pollo"
Kyritz - Perleberg 1897 49km.
Rehfeld - Breddin 1897 11km.
Lindenberg - Mesendorf - Pritzwalk 1909 19km.
Lindenberg - Kreuzweg 1912 10km.
Glöwen - Havelberg 1948 9km.
Viesecke - Kreuzweg - Glöwen 1900 15km.
Closed 1948-1971. Now partly a museum line.
Rathenow - Senzke - Nauen 1900 43km.
Senzke - Paulinenaue 1901 9km.
Buckower Kleinbahn Müncheberg - Buckow 1897. 5km. Electrified 1930, closed 1998. Re-opened as a museum line in September 2002.
Jüterbog - Hohenseefeld - Dahme - Göhrsdorf 1900 45km.
Hohenseefeld - Luckenwalde 1900 35km.
Oppenheimsche Industriebahn 1872-1970's. 12km. Herzfelde - Stienitzsee. Industrial.
Cloppenburg - Lindern 1900 25km.
Lindern - Landesgrenze 1902 5km.
Hümmlinger Kreisbahn 1898, 28km. Emshafen Lathen - Werlte
Kleinbahn Lingen-Berge-Quakenbrück 1904. 67km. Lingen Hafen - Quakenbrück
Oldenburgische Staatsbahn 1876-1905. 7km. Ocholt - Westerstede
Osteroder Kleinbahn Includes some dual gauge track with standard gauge.
Osterode - Förste 1898 9km.
Westerhof - Kreiensen 1899 16km.
Förste - Westerhof 1901 8km.
Göttingen - Rittmarshausen 1897 18km.
Rittmarshausen - Duderstadt 1901 18km.
Dahlenburg - Bleckede - Carze Anschluß - Echem 1895 48km.
Carze Anschluß - Lüneburg 1904 22km.
Großilsede-Lengeder Kleinbahn (780mm) 1884, 11km. Grossilsede - Lengede
Rügen Light Railway Rügen Island 1895-present. 97km, 24km operating presently, including a short section of standard gauge track converted in 1999. Line currently open: Lauterbach Mole - Putbus - Binz - Göhren. Other lines closed between 1936 and 1970. At one time this line included a car float. Currently operating 3: 2-10-2T, 2: 2-8-0T, 1: 0-8-0T.
Altefähr - Putbus - Binz Ost - Göhren; 62 km
Putbus - Binz Ost 1895 11km
Altefähr - Putbus 1896 35km
Binz Ost - Sellin Ost 1896 8km
Sellin Ost - Göhren 1899 5km
Putbus - Lauterbach Mole 1999 2km
Bergen Ost - Buhrkow - Altenkirchen / Bug; 45 km
Bergen Ost -Wittower Fähre 1896 22km.
Fährhof - Buhrkow - Altenkirchen 1889 15km
Buhrkow - Bug 1918 8km
NGW 27, July 2003, pp.29-31.
Woldegk - Groß Daberkow - Schönbeck 1893 20.5km
Klein Daberkow - Matzdorf 1893 8km
Casekow - Pommerensdorf 1899 42.4km
Greifswald - Kemnitz - Lubmin - Wolgast 1898 50km.
Kemnitz - Boltenhagen 1898 4km.
Boltenhagen - Kühlenhagen 1907 3km.
Lubmin - Seebad Lubmin 1907 1km.
Greifswald - Busdorf - Dargezin - Gützkow - Jarmen 1897 29km.
Dargezin - Züssow 1898 11km.
Gützkow - Gützkower Fähre 1898 6km.
Busdorf - Klein Zastrow 1912 9km.
Demminer Kleinbahn (East)
Demmin - Schmarsow - Jarmen 1897 23km.
Schmarsow - Altentreptow 1897 40km.
Demminer Kleinbahn (West)
Demmin - Metschow - Stavenhagen - Bredenfelde 1913 51km.
Metschow - Altentreptow 1913 42km.
Pasewalk - Klockow 1909 16km.
Kleinbahn Steinhelle-Medebach 1902-1953, 36km. Steinhelle - Medebach
Hennef Warth - Schönenberg 1862 16km.
Schönenberg - Niedersaurenbach 1863 2km.
Schönenberg - Ruppichteroth 1894 3km.
Ruppichteroth - Waldbröl 1870 11km.
Hennef - Beuel 1891 15km.
Hennef - Asbach 1892 24km.
Niederpleis – Oberpleis 1893 9km.
Oberpleis – Herresbach 1894 1km.
Siegburg – Niederpleis 1899 3km
Herresbach – Rostingen 1902 5km.
Bennau Tal - Bennau Berg 1892 1km.
Heisterbacher Thalbahn 1891-1951 7km. Niederdollendorf - Grengelsbitze
Kreis Kreuznacher Kleinbahnen
Kreuznach - Wallhausen 1897 9km.
Kreuznach - Winterburg 1896 18km.
Kleinbahn Philipsheim-Binsfeld 1900 8km. Philipsheim - Binsfeld
Kleinbahn AG Tangermünde-Lüderitz
Tangermünde Neustadt - Lüderitz 1903 16km.
Tangermünde - Tangermünde Neustadt 1904 0.4km.
Klötze - Wernstedt 1897 18km.
Wernstedt - Gr. Engersen 1898 3km.
Gr. Engersen - Algenstedt 1899 8km.
Algenstedt - Lindstedt 1900 7km.
Lindstedt - Vinzelberg 1901 10km.
Kleinbahn des Kreises Jerichow I
Burg Umladebf. - Magdeburgerforth - Ziesar Ost 1896 37km.
Burg Mitte - Lübars - Magdeburgerforth 1896 37km.
Burg - Elbe-Havel-Kanal 1896 1km.
Lübars - Gommern 1903 32km.
Gommern - Pretzien Verschiffungsplatz Alte Elbe 1890 4km.
Pretzin - Dannikow 1900 4km.
Mansfelder Bergwerksbahn 1880 45km. Various lines in Eisleben - Hettstedt area. Industrial line. 11km preserved for museum.
Dessau DRKB - Radegast - Osterköthen 1896 40km.
Radegast-Zörbig 1898 3km.
Saxony State Railways ran all but one of the 750mm railways in Saxony.
Wilkau-Haßlau - Schönheide - Carlsfeld 41,9 km
Wilkau-Haßlau - Kirchberg 1881 7km.
Kirchberg - Saupersdorf 1882 4km.
Saupersdorf - Wilzschhaus 1883 24km.
Wilzschhaus - Carlsfeld 1897 7km.
Closed 1966-1976. Now preserved.
Wolkenstein - Steinbach - Jöhstadt 24,4 km
Wolkenstein - Jöhstadt 1892 23km.
Jöhstadt - Landesgrenze 1893 4km.
Closed 1984-1986. Now a museum line.
NGW 28, Aug-Sep 2003, p.15.
Mügeln - Döbeln-Gärtitz - Döbeln 1884-1964, 20km.
Klotzsche - Königsbrück 1884-1886, 20km, converted to standard gauge.
Radebeul Ost - Moritzburg - Radeburg 1884-present. 17km.
Zittau - Hermsdorf 1884-1945. 16km.
Strehla - Oschatz - Mügeln - Kroptewitz / Neichen; "Wilder Robert" 46,4 km
Oschatz - Mügeln 1885. 11km.
Muegeln - Nebitz - Neichen 1888, 24km.
Oschatz - Strehla 1891, 11km.
Strehla - Elbkai 1892, 1km.
Nebitz - Kemlitz - Kroptewitz 1903, 6km.
Still operated Oschatz - Altmügeln, museum operation Oschatz - Muegeln - Kemlitz, remainder closed 1967-1972.
Mosel - Ortmannsdorf 1885-1951, 14km.
Lines from Wilsdruff
NGW 28, Aug-Sep 2003, p.16.
Freital-Potschappel - Wilsdruff - Oberdittmannsdorf - Nossen 39km.
Freital- Potschappel - Wilsdruff 1886-1972 11km.
Wilsdruff - Nossen 1899-1972 29km.
Meißen- Triebischtal - Garsebach - Wilsdruff 1909-1969 18km.
Freital-Potschappel - Freital-Hainsberg 1913-?, 3km.
Thum - Meinersdorf 1911-1975, 13km.
Wilischthal - Thum - Schönfeld-Wiesa 30,7 km
Wilischthal - Oberherold - Ehrenfriedersdorf 1886 14km.
Oberherold - Thum 1886 2km.
Schönfeld- Wiesa - Geyer 1888 9km.
Geyer - Thum 1906 8km.
Garsebach - Mertitz - Lommatzsch 1909-1972, 13km.
Mertitz - Döbeln-Gärtitz 1911-1966, 9km.
Grünstädtel - Oberrittersgrün 1889-1971, 9km. Now railway museum.
NGW 28, Aug-Sep 2003, pp.12-13.
Heidenau - Geising - Altenberg 1890-1938, 42km. Converted to standard gauge.
Freital-Hainsberg - Dippoldiswalde - Kipsdorf, "Weißeritztalbahn" 26,7 km
Freital- Hainsberg - Schmiedeberg 1882, 21km.
Schmiedeberg - Kipsdorf 1883, 5km.
Taubenheim - Dürrhennersdorf 1892-1945, 12km.
Herrnhut - Bernstadt 1893-1945, 10km.
Hetzdorf - Großwaltersdorf 13,6 km
Hetzdorf - Eppendorf 1893-1968, 10km.
Eppendorf - Großwaltersdorf 1916-1951, 4km.
NGW 28, Aug-Sep 2003, p.14.
Kohlmühle - Hohnstein, "Schwarzbachbahn" 1897-1951, 12,1 km
Mulda - Sayda 1897-1951, 12km.
Cranzahl - Oberwiesenthal 1897, 17km.
Klingenberg - Colmnitz - Frauenstein 1898-1971, 20km.
Oberdittmannsdorf - Klingenberg-Colmnitz 1921-1972, 19km.
Zittau-Oybin-Jonsdorfer Eisenbahn "ZOJE - Zug ohne jegliche Eile" Private line.
Zittau - Bertsdorf - Oybin 1890, 12km.
Bertsdorf - Jonsdorf 1890, 4km.
Trusebahn Wernshausen - Herges Vogtei (Trusetal) 1899-1968, 9km.
English language links:
Branch lines to Bertsdorf and Olbersdorf
The following link give information on the Saxon lines in English.
Information about German military railways from both wars, including specifications of locomotives of 750mm gauge:
Eletric railway museum near Berlin:
Links to a number of museum sites (in German):
Diakopto-Kalavrita rack railway 1896-present 22km. May be extended another 14km to a ski resort. Diesel railcar, although steam specials occasionally run.
Ingenio El Baul - sugar plantation
Ingenio Pantaleon - sugar plantation, shay
Cie. des C.F. de La Plaine du Cul-de-Sac. main offices in Port au Prince. 75 miles , 3 steam locos, 2 electric, 5 diesel, 271 freight cars. (1958)
(Notes by David Meller)
Balatonfenyvesi Opened 1950. Total 30km, some still survives. (MÁV) system
Királyrét Converted from 600mm in early 1980's, now a tourist operation.
Budapest Childrens' Railway Opened 1950, still operating.
NGW 28, Aug-Sep 2003, p.15.
Csömödér Forestry Railway opened 1917, some 70+km of lines. In about 2000 a link line was built to the Lenti forestry line. Tourist passenger services operate in summer, as well as the forestry trains.About 10 small diesels
Debrecen (Amusement Park)
Debrecen (Zsuzsi Railway) First section opened 1882 to 950mm gauge as a forestry railway, public traffic started 1922, line extended in sections between 1924 and 1950, reaching a total length of 48km. Converted to 760mm gauge in 1961/2. Goods traffic ended in 1977 and the line was taken over by the local authority. Regular passenger traffic ceased, but part of the line was operated as a pioneer/tourist railway until 1995, when the authority could no longer bear the cost of running it. In 1996 it was taken over by a new organisation seemingly formed mainly by retired railwaymen, and I believe a section is still in seasonal operation.
Felsõtárkány First line opened 1915 for forestry purposes, later extended to a network of around 30km. From 1940 there appears to have also been stone traffic from a quarry. All goods traffic ceased in 1986 and parts of the line were dismantled. Tourist trains operate over a 5km section.
Gemenci (Pörböly) lines - created in 1950s for forestry purposes, extended in sections up to 1966. Tourist passenger services started in 1966. Extended again in 1982. Still operates timber trains and seasonal tourist services.
Gyöngyös system Opened as a 600mm gauge horse-worked forestry line in 1906. In 1912 a stone quarry was connected. Steam traction was introduced in 1916. Regauged to 760mm and passenger services commenced in 1926, by which time the system extended to 46km. From 1960 to 1987 it was a pioneer railway, still with freight traffic until the mid 80s. The 7km line to Matrafured operates passenger services all year round (not Sundays in winter), while the 12km route to Lajoshaza operates on certain days from May to September - this is the more attractive route, but the Matrafured line still performs a public transport function.
Kaszó forestry line built 1952-55 for forestry purposes, extending to a maximum of 20km. Passenger services commenced 1961. Timber transport ceased in 1985. Tourist services are believed to still operate, in association with a forest hotel complex. Timber trains have occassionally run in relatively recent years.
Kecskeméti (MÁV) system a 12km brickworks railway built in 1917 was expanded in 1928 to form the 52km Kecskemet - Kiskunmajsa route. In 1951 the 46km route from Torokfai (8km from Kecskemet) opened to Kiskoros. In 1961 about 800m was closed in Kecskemet, and in 1980 the link to the sg line in Kecskemet was dismantled. Only passenger traffic now survives, all year round about three or four trains a day each way on each line. The lines run through the flat plains with little development (and few passengers when I travelled it a few years ago), there is some tourist interest at Bugac on the Kiskunmajsa line. This was the only line in Hungary to use transporter wagons.
Kemence forestry museum line 600mm gauge forestry line created in 1910, expanding to a network of 51km. Timber traffic on the remaining 8km section ceased in 1992.
Lillafüred forestry railway. Miskolc to Garadna was built as a forestry railway in 1919/20, Papirgyar to Mahoca followed in 1920/22. Passenger services commenced in 1923. As well as forestry traffic, a stone quarry and coal mine were served. The Mahoca route was extended to Taksalapa in 1938/40, and to Farkasgodor-Orvenyko in 1946/7. Stone and coal traffic ceased in 1982, timber traffic in 1989, but 33km of route still exist. The 14km line to Garadna is in operation all year round, but the other 19km section is in poorer condition. Some of the track has been stolen at the extreme end of the line, and seemingly only special trains run as far as Taksalapa. Both lines are very scenic - Lillafured station is situated between two tunnels and in an area very popular with tourists
Mesztegnyõ forestry railway. Built from 1925, switched from steam to horse operation in 1947. Rebuilt in 1958, diesel operation introduced, reaching greatest extent of 15km. Passenger services started in 1959. 9km remain in operation with some timber traffic and passenger trains on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the year - if there are any passengers.
Nagybörzsöny line built from 1908 as a 600mm gauge forestry railway, extended to 55km. After the First World War the line was severed by the border with Czechoslovakia, so in 1920 the section in Hungary was converted to 760mm gauge and extended to reach a stone quarry railway. Passenger traffic commenced in 1971 but ceased in 1984 after an accident, as a result of which a section of line was dismantled. Passenger trains ran again from 1987 to 1991, timber traffic ceased in 1992. A restoration outfit now appears to be operating about 8km.
Nagycenk (GySEV Szécheny Museum Railway)
Nyíregyháza (MÁV) system opened 1905 as a public carrier. Originally it ran through the town, with a tram service operating over the same tracks, but the tram service ceased at the end of 1969 and a new route for the railway was built alongside the sg line from the main station. The line to Dombrad is 51km long, with a branch from Herminatanya to Balsa (16km). Only passenger traffic survives, but when I visited in 2000 that was still quite significant. The operating pattern at that time was that trains ran generally of four coaches from Nyiregyhaza to Herminatanya, where they split into two trains of two coaches each, one continuing to Dombrad and the other to Balsa. Movements at Herminatanya were quite complex as trains arrived from all three directions, with those from Dombrad and Balsa joining together to continue to Nyiregyhaza and the other splitting to continue to the outer termini. On Saturday morning we saw a six coach train, double headed by two Mk48 locomotives, arriving at Nyiregyhaza. Originally the line at Balsa continued over a bridge across the Tisza river to join the Sarospatak system, but the bridge was destroyed in the Second World War and not rebuilt (although the remains are still visible). A ferry service was introduced across the river, and a line built down a steep gradient from Balsa station to the riverside. The Sarospatak system closed in 1980, but the line down to the river still exists and trains still use it in summer. I believe when we visited the line the locomotive sheds at Balsa and Dombrad were still used for lodging the locomotive and crew of the last trains of the day, to form the first trains into Nyiregyhaza in the morning. The line is still in operation, but I don't know whether the operating patterns have changed.
Pálháza forestry system a 700mm gauge forestry railway opened in 1888 reaching a greatest extent of 14km. Horses were replaced by a steam locomotive in 1902 but due to problems with fires the horses took over again in 1906. From 1924 the railway had a connection to the 760mm gauge local railway leading to Fuzerkomlos (later part of MAV's Sarospatak system). In 1947 the forestry line was regauged to 760mm, and in 1958 passenger traffic was introduced. The closure of the Sarospatak system in 1980 also brought about the end of the forestry line, but in 1988 a 8km section reopened for tourist traffic. In 1996 this was extended by about 1km along the trackbed of the Sarospatak system into Palhaza. The line operates during the summer only, with haulage by locomotive in one direction and seemingly by gravity in the other direction. The journey includes a tunnel that was built to extend the line in 1903 and is very tight to loading gauge.
Pécs (Mecsek) line park railway
Szilvásvárad forestry railway first opened in 1908, extending eventually to 22km, also carrying stone. Has a maximum gradient of 6.0%. Passenger traffic commenced 1953, a 4.5km section survives exclusively for summer tourist traffic. It is associated with a popular tourist park and the service of up to nine trains a day carries 300,000 passengers a year.
Tiszakécske line park railway
2002 is the 50th anniversary of the C50, an early diesel widely used in Hungry. The following site celebrates it:
http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Critterslist (Photo in the folder "HU Kisvasút")
This list only includes lines found in post-partition India. Pre-partition India included Pakistan and Bangladesh.
General information and photos:
http://www.angelfire.com/ak5/nrmindia/nrmhome.htm Many photos of locomotives. Use filter on page.
This book gives a complete list of all common carrier 30" gauge railways:
Hughes, Hugh. 1994. Indian Locomotives Part 3, Continental Railway Circle, Harrow.
The following links will bring you up to date with current operations on 30" lines in India:
Barsi Light Railway 1897-? 202 miles. 0-8-4t, 4-8-4t, 0-6-0st, 2-8-2, 0-4-0, 4-6-4, Sentinel steam railcar, 4w paraffin shunters.
Calthrop, E.R. 1997 Light Railway Contruction Plateway Press, East Harling, UK.
Tirupattur-Krishnagiri Railway 1905-1941 2-8-4t, 2-8-0
Morappur-Dharmapuri Railway 1906-1941 2-8-4t, 2-8-0
Central Provinces Railways 2-8-4t, 0-4-2t, 2-8-2, 0-4-0t, 4-8-0, 0-4-2, 122hp railcar.
A proposal to preserve this line: http://www.shakuntala.8m.com/
Parlakimedi Light Railway 1900-? 24.5 miles 0-6-4t. Had 3 classes of passenger accommodation, upper, lower, and lowest!
Mourbhanj State Railway 1905-? 38 miles 0-6-4t
Raipur-Dhamtari Railway 1899-? 4x0-6-2, 6x2-6-2
Satpura Lines. Opened in stages between 1905 and 1913. Numerous 2-8-4t, 2-8-2 and 4-6-2. Extensive complex of lines in central India, forming their own "narrow gauge circle".
NGW 15, Oct/Nov 2001, pp.32-33.
NGIRM 51, pp.109-113. loco drawing
Bengal Provincial Railway. 1894-? 34 miles. 6x2-4-2t, 0-6-0t, 4-6-0t.
Bhavnagar Tramway. 1926-? 67.5 miles. 4x4-8-0, 0-6-2.
Bombay, Baroda, & Central India Railway. 1911-? 2-8-4t, 0-6-2, 2-6-2, 0-6-0.
Cherra-Companyganj State Railway. 1884-1901, 14 miles, including 4 miles of rope-hauled inclines, rising 3616'. 4x0-4-2t. Terminus was noted for having the worlds highest annual rainfall (426").
Cutch State Railway. 1905-? 2x0-4-0, 2x4-4-0, 4x4-6-0.
Dehri-Rohtas Light Railway 1911-? 25.5 miles. 4x0-6-2t, 0-6-0t, 0-6-4t.
Dholpur-Bari Light Railway 1908-? 0-4-2st, 2x2-6-2t, 2x2-8-4t, 0-6-2t.
Eastern Bengal State Railway
Cooch Behar State Railway. 1893-1910. 2-4-0t, 0-4-2t. Widened to metre gauge.
Ranaghat-Krishnagar Light Railway. 1899-? 0-4-2t.
Gaekwar's Baroda State Railway. First opened in 1861 using 13lb rail and bullock power. Unsucessful attempts to use a loco resulted in re-laying in 30lb rail, and re-opening in 1873. Additional lines constructed up to 1929, creating a complex network in western India. 0-4-2, 0-6-2, 4-6-0t, 0-6-0t, 2-6-2, railcars.
Great Indian Peninsula Railway 2-8-4t, 2-8-2, 4-8-0.
Arrah-Sasaram Light Railway 1911-? 6x2-4-2t
Baraset-Basirhat Light Railway 1905/14-? 0-4-2t, 2-4-2t, 0-6-2t, 0-8-0t, railcar.
Bukhiarpur-Bihar Light Railway 1903/11-? 0-4-2t, 2-4-2t, 0-6-2t.
Fulwah-Islampur Light Railway 1922-? 3x0-6-2t.
Shahdara-Saharanpur Light Railway 1907-? 92.5 miles. 8x2-6-2t, 2x2-6-4t. Traffic in 1913 totalled 1 million passengers and 100,000 tons of freight.
Jessore-Jhenidah Light Railway 1913-1936. 2x0-4-4t, 0-6-2t, 2-4-0t, 0-8-0t.
Burdwan-Katwa & Almadpur- Katwa 1915-? 7x0-6-4t, 2-4-0t, 0-6-0t.
Bankura-Damoodar River Railway 1917-? 60 miles. 4x2-8-4t, 3x0-6-2t, Sentinel 0-6-0.
Kalighat-Falta Railway 1917-? 4x0-6-4t, 4x2-6-2t.
Morvi Railway Wadhwan-Morvi (1886-1924) - Rajkot (1890-1905) converted to metre gauge.
Morvi Tramways 1890-? Feeder lines in Morvi area. 0-4-0t, 0-6-0, 4-4-0.
Mysore State Railways 0-6-0t, 4-6-2, 2-4-2t, 2-6-4t.
Kolar-Chik Ballapur 1916-?
Bangalore-Chik Ballapur 1915-? Ran suburban services to Bangalore.
(Both the Kalka-Simla and Kangra Valley Railways were part of the North Western Railway, most of which ended up in Pakistan)
Kalka-Simla Railway 1903-present, 60 miles, 103 tunnels. 2-6-2t. An early and frequent user of railcars, the first arrived in 1911. Currently runs diesel passenger and freight service.
Kangra Valley Railway 1928-present. 103 miles, 53 bridges, grades to 1:25 (4%) Pathankot - Palampur. Various NWR locos used, including 2 2-6-2+2-6-2 Kitson Meyer. Currently runs diesel passenger and freight service.
Powayan Steam Tramway 1894-1918, 40 miles. The entire railway was purchaced by the Government and shipped to Iran to help the war effort in World War 1. 4x0-4-2st, 2x0-4-2.
Singri Panchnoi River Tramway 1930-?, 20 miles, 2x2-6-2t.
Tezpore-Balipara Light Railway 1895-?, 20 miles, 5x4-4-0, 4-6-0.
The following links give locomotive lists, as well as some additional information.
Vizagapatnam Port Trust
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS
Chief Conservator of Forests, Port Blair
Assam Railway & Trading Co. (Coal miners)
Bundla Beta Tea Co
Empire of India & Ceylon Tea Co, Borjuli
Jokai Tea Co.
Neile, A. ed., 1989, W.G.Bagnall Ltd. Narrow Gauge Locomotives & Rolling Stock 1910, Plateway Press, Brighton.
Barnagore Jute Factory Co Ltd, Barnagore
Bengal Co Ltd
Dalhousie Jute Mill, Champany
Empire Jute Co Ltd, Titaghur
Kelvin Jute, Calcutta
Lower Ganges Bridge/Sara-Santahar Transhipment Yard construction projects
Northbrook Jute Mill
Ordnance Factory, Cossipore
Presidency Jute Mills, Calcutta
Railways Board, Calcutta
Yule & Co Jute Mills, Calcutta
Indian Iron & Steel (took over over Bengal I & S)
Bengal Iron & Steel
Rohtas Industries, Rohtas
Rajkot State Electricity
Mysore Gold Mines, Kolar Goldfields, Kolar
Central India Coalfields
Bombay Improvement Trust
Municipal Corporation of Bombay Waterworks Department
Braithwaite & Co, Tansa pipeline contract, Bombay
Maharastra State Electricity
Nagpur Government Power Station
Patel Engineering Co Ltd, Bombay
Sewerage Tunnel, Bombay (750mm)
Tata Power Co Ltd
Tata Engineering, Bombay
Tata Iron & Steel Co (TISCO)
Delhi Construction Company
Public Works Department, Delhi
The Nilgiri Granite and Stone Co Ltd, Balasore-Nilgiri Light Railway
Rakhi Coal Co
East India Distilleries & Sugar Estates
Madras Government, Cauvery Metter Reservoir Project
Ordnance Factory, Cawnpore
Saraya Sugar Mills, Sadar Nagar, near Gorakphur
The Indonesian State Railway operated 317 miles of 750 mm lines, with 34 steam locos, 86 coaches, and 269 freight cars (1958)
There were also lines in South Sumatra.
Pongkor Gold mine. 762mm Locos include two 4wWE locos, 240 volt, 11.5 ton. Observations in 2002 recorded 4 Clayton 4wWE, 2 x Pickrose 4wWE, 13 x Clayton 4wBE and 10 x Gemco 4wBE. There is also one of the original 4wWE locos of unknown builder preserved.
Tamin Mini Jakata, museum come amusement park. Diesel locos. Also a large number of Indonesian steam locos are preserved here, it is possible some 750mm locos are amongst them.
KPM shipping line Borneo, coal mine, known to have had at least two Maffei 0-8-0T locos.
Harrison & Crossfield, Medan, Belalwan, North Sumatra. Most likely a palm oil plantation, or is this the rubber plantation referred to below? Hunslet WD 4-6-0t.
This list is of sugar mill lines in east and central Java. Some may still be operating, while others have stored equipment or operate only in the confines of the mill. There were many more lines in 600mm and 700mm gauges. The following site has many photos and much information:
Mills without locos usually used bullock power.
Banjaratma (Java) Sugar mill, 0-6-0t, 0-8-0t of German manufacture, two Vulcan 0-6-0T's from USA. now closed
Besito (Java) sugar mill, no locos
Ceper Baru (Java) Sugar mill 0-4-0t, 0-6-0t, 0-10-0t, 0-4-4-0t of German manufacture. Closed.
Colomadu (Java) Sugar mill, 0-6-0t, 0-8-0t of German manufacture. Closed.
Kaliwangoe (Java) sugar mill, no locos
Langsee (Java) sugar mill, no locos
Manishardjo (Java) sugar mill, 1 x 80hp VIW 0-6-0T, 1 x 80hp O&K, 1 x 35hp Maffei, 3 x 20hp O&K 0-4-2T, 1 x 60hp D&B 0-8-0T, 2 x 60hp O&K, later 1 x D&B 75hp 0-8-0T, 1 x 80hp D&B 0-4-4-0T.
Medarie (Java) sugar mill, 1 x 80hp VIW 0-6-0T, 1 x 30hp VIW 0-6-0T, 1 x 35hp VIW diesel, 2 x 30hp O&K, 7 x 100hp O&K 0-8-0T
Pakis Baru (Java) Sugar mill 0-4-0t, 0-4-2t, 0-8-0t, 0-4-4-0t of German manufacture. Closed.
Sendang Pitoe (Java) sugar mill, 1 x 110hp O&K, 5 x 85hp O&K, 1 x 40hp Simplex diesel, later 1 x 150hp O&K 0-10-0T and 2 x 150hp D&B 0-10-0T
Tasikmadu (Java) Sugar mill 0-4-0t, 0-6-0t, 0-8-0t, 0-10-0t, of German manufacture. Still working June 02
Trangkil (Java) Sugar mill 0-6-0 from Netherlands, 0-4-0's from Germany, 0-4-2T was from England, last steam engine built by Hunslet in 1972? Still working.
Tjandie Sewoe (Java) sugar mill, 1 x 100hp O&K, 1 x 80hp Henschel,
Wonosarie (Java) sugar mill , no locos
Some nice shots of sugar mill locos here:
Also a line on a rubber plantation? ?
Val Gardena Railway taken over from Austria following WWI. 1915-1960. 19.5 miles Krauss 0-8-0t
NGW 15, Oct/Nov 2001, pp.26-29.
Ferrovia delle Val di Fiemme (1000mm after 1929)
Trieste-Parenzo 760mm. taken over from Austria following WWI, 1902-1935. 121km. Used Austrian U class 0-6-2Ts and P class 0-8-2Ts, also small steam railcar. After closure equipment went to other 760mm lines or was regauged to 900mm.
Bari-Barletta 760mm 1881?-1959 0-6-2t, Hunslet WD 4-6-0t.
Carturo di Grantorto (PD) quarry line with 4 diesels.
Geydar-Abad (pier on Lake Urmiya) - Revanduz (Iraq) 36km. 1917-? Planned to be 77km long. Built by Russian army but never completed.
Bushire Railway 53 miles. 1918-1921. Built by the British Indian army to support the operations of the Persian Field Force. The entire stock of the Powayan Tramway (India) was commandeered for the purpose.
Hughes, Hugh. 1994. Indian Locomotives Part 3, Continental Railway Circle, Harrow.
Geydar-Abad (Iran) - Revanduz 36km. 1917-? Planned to be 77km long. Built by Russian army but never completed.
British Expeditionary Force "Many" miles of railway. 1916-? Originally used in Basra area, but construction followed war front. 14 - 2-4-2ST annd 4 0-6-2 locos provided, as well as a number of petrol powered 4-wheel ambulances.
Hughes, Hugh. 1994. Indian Locomotives Part 3, Continental Railway Circle, Harrow.
United Fruit Company
Many 762mm railways were built in Japan. One frustrating problem with internet searches is that in many cases sites are identified, but the text is entirely in Japanese characters. The following page has a map showing locations of railways that existed in the mid-1940's. About 30 public lines are identified, together with about double that number in logging railways:
The following page also gives some basic information, as well as some Japanese modelling information:
Hanamaki Electric Railway
Iwate Light Railway
Kinki Nippon Rly (South-west of Nagoya) 750v dc electrified commuter passenger service. Reputed to be last surviving 30" eletrified passenger lines in Japan. Typical motor car size 15.60m long, 2.13m wide and 3.20m high.
Hokusei line, Nishi-Kuwana - Ageki, 1914-present, 20.4km.
Utsube line, Kintetsu-Yokkaichi - Utsube, 1922-present, 5.7km.
Hachioji line, Kintetsu-Yokkaichi - Nishi-Hino, 1912-present, 3.1km.
Kiso Forest Railway
NGSLG Vol.9, No.6, Jan-Feb 1984. pp.42-47.
Kurobe Gorge Railway 20km, operated by miniature box cab electrics, normally double headed on a rake of excursion cars, plus enclosed cars on some trains. 42 tunnels and over 23 bridges.
Kusakara Eletric Railway
Miyazaki Prefectural Railway
Ogoya Railway. Komatsu - Ogoya,Ishikawa Prefecture. 16.8 km 1919-1977. Mining and local transport. Mine closed 1962.
1km (Hokkaido) Ame-no-miya Works 0-6-0T, ex-Taiwan Koppel 0-6-2T, passanger service
Kamaishi Mine. Underground mine using 30" equipment. Mine closed but still used for other purposes.
Kusatsu Keiben (type of industry not known) opened 7-1915. Used steam and later electric locos.
Greenpia Nihonmatsu (Fukushima) amusement park, oil-fueled 0-4-0T
Yanagawa Kibo-no-mori Park (Fukushima) amusement park, oil-fueled 0-4-0T
Imperial Government Steel Works, Yokohama
Nakayoshi Railway. Awazu. 1983-. Preserved equipment from Ogoya Railway. Equipment also preserved at Ogoya, as well as a mining museum.
Kamaishi. Appears to be museum. Links to photos:
Maruseppu Forest Railway 1.8-km, was restored in a recreation area in Hokkaido in 1979. The locomotive is a small 0-6-0 tank engine built by Amemiya Works in 1928.
Atbasar-ii - Krasnoznamenskaya 190km 1957- ? closed.
Atbasar-ii - Barakkul' - Ottoman- ford. 119km. 1957 - present.
Barakkul' - Shantobe 17 km 1957 - present.
Bulayevo - Is molodogvardeyskaya 98km. 1957 - ? Closed.
Biyesoygyn - Uritskoye 94km. 1957 - 1983.
Kokchetav - Kzyltu - Is Irtysh 1958 - 1964 (Kzyltu) - 1975 (Is Irtysh) converted to wider gauge.
Ekibastuz - Kalkaman - Aksu 117km. 1899 - ? Closed, part converted to wide gauge.
To atyrau - Dossor 150km. 1925-1945. Gauge widened.
Yeskine branch. 58km. 1934-1945.
Kul'sary - Karaton 108km. ? - 1985 gauge widened.
Koschagyl branch. 13 km.
Is Ural - Ershov - Urbakh - Engels (Pokrovsk) 110km. Gauge widened.
Shagan - Bekey - further into Kyzylkumy 148km. ?-1986.
Ridder (Leninogorsk) - Oskemen (Ust'-Kamenogorsk) 102km. 1914-1938 gauge widened. Iron industry.
Ridder - Sinyushonok 45km. ? - 2000. Logging/timber industry.
branch to Korolevku 22 km 194? - 1960.
Semipalatinsk 2.3km ? - 2000. Childrens railway.
Arkalyk 21km. Quarry line.
Arkalyk ? - 1993. Childrens railway.
Zhezkazgan (Dzhezkazgan) - Karsakpay - Baikonur 117km. 1917-current. Coal mining.
Zhezkazgan 4km. 1983 - current. Childrens railway.
Karaganda 43km. 1906 - 1939? Mining and refining industry.
Karaganda 5.1km 1956 - current. Childrens railway.
Sary-Shagan 2km. 1956 - current? Military. Serves missile complex.
Astana 1.7km. 1958 - 2002. Childrens railway.
Atbasar Childrens railway. Closed.
To kokshetau 2km. Childrens railway.
Kustanay 3km. 1970 - ?. Childrens railway. Closed.
Pavlodar 2.5km 1979- current. Childrens railway. Currently being restored.
Shchuchinsk 1979 - ? Childrens railway. Closed.
Ekibastuz 1km. Childrens railway.
Aktobe ? - 2001. Childrens railway.
To eskine - Baychunas 40km. ?-1986.
Fort Shevchenko - Katyn 2km 1925-?
Almaty 1.3km 1952-present. Childrens railway.
To beskepe - Agashag 76km. 1928-1956. Logging railway.
Brlik - Akdala and further 210km. ?-1990. Logging railway.
Kotyrbulak - Achisay 47km. 1927-1980.
Tekeli 14km. Zinc mine.
Shymkent 6km. 1980-2002. Childrens railway.
Korea was part of the Japanese Empire prior to the Second World War, and the Japanese built a number of lines in 30" gauge. Most were in North Korea, and information about all things North Korean remains sparse. Only one ended up in the south. A number of Japanese-built locos were provided, including 2-6-2t, 2-8-2t, 2-8-0, and 2-8-2.
Suwon-Yoju, 30 miles. (South Korea).
Chosen Chuo Railway/Chosen Railway Keito Line
Kaisen Light Railway
There also appear to have been industrial lines serving salt pans and coal mines operating in South Korea until the 1980's.
Przheval'sk - Soviet 47km. Dismantled.
Sulyukty - Tadzhikistan 42km.
Stekmane - Gulbene - Aluksne - Ape - Valka (209km) opened 1902/3 or
Stukmani-Vecgulbene- Aluksne-Valka, 1903, 212km, was built when Latvia was part of the Russian empire.
Stekmane - Gulbene (99km) converted to 1520mm gauge 1916
Ape - Valka (50km) closed 1970
Aluksne - Ape (27km) Dieselized late 1950s closed 1973
Ape - Valka worked by Estonian railways 1920 - 1940 (though both ends in Latvia)
Valka - Rujiena - Moisakuila - Parnu opened 1896/7
Valka - Rujiena (44km) closed 1944
Rujiena - Parnu closed 1975 - subsequently converted to 1520mm guage and reopened 1981
worked by Estonian railways 1920 - 1940 (though Valka - Moisakuila in Latvia)
Smiltene - Valmiera - Pikule - Pale - Ainazi (115km) opened 1912, closed 1979 ??
branch Pale - Staicele (16km) opened 1927, closed 1944 ??
also wartime connection Ainazi - Ikla (Estonia)
see also industrial
Sita - Berzpils - Burzava - Rezekne (87km) opened 1927-34, closed 1965.
Burzava - Rezekne mixed gauge.
See also industrial
Liepaja - Aizpute (50km) opened 1900 (as metre gauge). Converted to 750mm c1938.
Dieselized late 1950s.
Liepaja - Kursa - Alsunga - Kuldiga (99km) opened 1932 - 35
branch Kursa - Pavilosta (3km) opened by 1939
Liepaja - Alsunga (67km) converted to standard gauge 1944 (and to 1520mm 1945)
Alsunga - Kuldiga (32km) closed by 1974
intended to extend Kuldiga - Tukums, but never built
Leipaja - Dubeni - Barta - Rucava (55km) opened 1916-22 (as 600mm)
converted to 750mm 1932
Barta - Rucava (27km) closed by 1960
Liepaja - Barta (28km) closed by 1966
Liepaja - Dubeni mixed gauge
Ziguri - Kaceni (approx 25km) opened 1927, closed 1944. Freight only ?
The Quail Map Co railway map of Latvia shows 750mm guage peat lines at the following places. Ones marked * are also shown on the current Latvian road atlas.
* Puikule - Dauguli - Zilaiskalns (Puikule- Dauguli part of former Ainazi - Smiltene line)
* Burzava - Driceni - Struzani (Burzava - Driceni part of former Sita - Rezekne line)
* Misa - Brukna
* Strenci / Seda - Sedas tirelis 1954 - current (see www.seda.lv)
Livani - ?? (shown on current Livani street map)
Olaine - Tiraine
* Jaunkalsnava - Vietalva (may be 1520mm gauge)
other Latvian narrow gauge industrial lines are known to have existed, but their gauge isn't known.
Ropazi - Edzelinmezs (12km) opened 1916, closed 1924.
Riga Pioneer / Childrens Railway (3km) c1948 - 1995.
Dieselized (late 1950s ?).
track still in situ 2000,
stock to Gulbene - Aluksne.
Gulbene - Aluksne, 33 km, part of the Stukmani-Vecgulbene- Aluksne-Valka line. Regular diesel-powered passenger service.
Svencioneliai - Pastoviai 71km (44 mile) 1895-?.
Svencioneliai - Panevezys 144km (90 mile) 1899-?
Panevezys-Anyksciai- Rubikiai still open
Rubikiai - Svencioneliai closed.
Siauliai - Birzai 1935-?
Panevezys - Joniskelis 38.5km (23.9 miles) 1937-?
Photo of 740mm gauge eletric mine loco:
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