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Number 4 Narrow Gauge Railroad
Photograph - Original Fine Art Photography By Bob Orsillo
Steam Engine Number 4 making her way down the Narrow Gauge Railroad in Portland, Maine. Original Fine Art Railroad Photography by Bob Orsillo
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A narrow gauge railway (or narrow gauge railroad) is a railway that has a track gauge narrower than the 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) of standard gauge railways. Most existing narrow gauge railways have gauges of between 2 ft (610 mm) and 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm).
Since narrow gauge railways are usually built with smaller radius curves, smaller structure gauges, lighter rails, etc., they can be substantially cheaper to build, equip, and operate than standard gauge or broad gauge railways, particularly in mountainous or difficult terrain. The lower costs of narrow gauge railways mean they are often built to serve industries and communities where the traffic potential would not justify the cost of building a standard or broad gauge line.
May 23rd, 2012
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