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Wayne Laepple
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« on: June 02, 2016, 02:50:57 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.


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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2016, 12:02:53 PM »

Mainlines in Queensland are laid to 42 inch track gauge.

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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2016, 12:12:25 PM »

One of the two footers has drawbridge over the Cape gauge line:


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Wayne Laepple
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2016, 01:54:44 PM »

So Cape Gauge IS standard gauge in Queensland. I rest my case.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2016, 07:43:24 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". Smiley

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.
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2016, 07:45:20 PM »

Also a two foot/ standard gauge crossing in Wales . Yes, 4' 8 1/2" gauge
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2016, 08:30:58 PM »

Gee, I always thought that 42" was "Newfoundland" gauge.   Huh
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