Colonial & Latin American Narrow Gauge Special Interest Group

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CLASIG is a group for all interested in the narrow gauge railways found outside Europe and North America - their history, equipment, operation and modeling. It is internet based so there are no fees, constitutions, or office bearers.

These railroads are as diverse as the countries they served, but they shared the characteristic of importing their technology, and much of their equipment, from three major sources - the United States, Britain, and Germany, and to a lesser extent France and other European countries. Thus they offer incredible variety, and are often poorly documented.

While not wishing to be too prescriptive, "Narrow Gauge" in this context is usually regarded as narrower than metre gauge. Metre (3'3") and Cape (3'6") gauges were often standard in these countries, and operated and looked like standard gauge railways in other countries.

Join by joining the CLASIG Yahoo Group - details at the bottom of this page. Feel free to contribute news, information, questions, articles or photos.


Articles, photos etc relating to narrow gauge railways:
World-wide list of 30" Railways
Tractive Effort in Steam Locomotives - A Formula
A comparison between the sizes of various locos in 2', 2'6", and 3' gauges.
A brief history of Peruvian railways, including many narrow gauge lines.
Garratt locomotives on CLASIG railways.

Articles and photos welcome - email here.

The Corinella and Blackwood Forest Tramway website.


No fees, subs or meetings! Just join the free Yahoo-based group by entering your email address below.

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These groups are regionally focused, and cover all railway activity, not just narrow gauge.

South of the Border, railroads in Central and South America.

Indian Railways Fan Club Mailing List

South African Railways Modelling Group

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