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Worldwide Narrow Gauges => Two Footers outside of the US => Topic started by: Wayne Laepple on June 02, 2016, 01:50:57 AM

Title: 2-footer crosses standard gauge
Post by: Wayne Laepple on June 02, 2016, 01:50:57 AM
Attached is a photo taken from the cab of a standard gauge locomotive of a crossing of a two-foot gauge line in Queensland, Australia. Note the manual signal to the right, which the narrow-gauge train must set before crossing the standard gauge line. To the left, another narrow-gauge track parallels the standard gauge. Queensland has an extensive network of two-foot gauge lines serving large sugar plantations, some of which feature double track with automatic block signals, multiple-unit locomotives and lengthy trains with radio-controlled "brake wagons." A brake wagon is a ballasted flatcar with an air-compressor to help control the train composed of unbraked can wagons.
Title: Re: 2-footer crosses standard gauge
Post by: John Scott on June 02, 2016, 11:02:53 AM
Mainlines in Queensland are laid to 42 inch track gauge.

JBS
Title: Re: 2-footer crosses standard gauge
Post by: James Patten on June 02, 2016, 11:12:25 AM
One of the two footers has drawbridge over the Cape gauge line:

(http://www.zelmeroz.com/album_rail/qld/gs2/DSCN3992.JPG)
Title: Re: 2-footer crosses standard gauge
Post by: Wayne Laepple on June 02, 2016, 12:54:44 PM
So Cape Gauge IS standard gauge in Queensland. I rest my case.  ;)
Title: Re: 2-footer crosses standard gauge
Post by: Philip Marshall on June 02, 2016, 06:43:24 PM
Maybe we should start referring to 56.5" as "Stephenson gauge" rather than standard gauge. This would avoid confusion and reduce the threat of "gauge privilege". :)

Indeed, a good friend of mine who grew up behind the Iron Curtain in the former Czechoslovakia refers to 56.5" standard gauge as "Western gauge" to distinguish it from Russian 5' gauge.
Title: Re: 2-footer crosses standard gauge
Post by: Ira Schreiber on June 02, 2016, 06:45:20 PM
Also a two foot/ standard gauge crossing in Wales . Yes, 4' 8 1/2" gauge
Title: Re: 2-footer crosses standard gauge
Post by: John Kokas on June 02, 2016, 07:30:58 PM
Gee, I always thought that 42" was "Newfoundland" gauge.   ???