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fred lundgren

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« on: December 16, 2016, 06:06:09 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMEKO4hAII4
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jkemp

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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2016, 08:50:52 PM »

Neat video.

Is standard gauge the same in India as the US?

Do you know how wide the narrow gauge is?  Referencing about 1:30 into the video.

Thanks for sharing.
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dutchbuilder


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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2016, 11:14:48 AM »

Standard gauge is what is says, standard gauge. (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
Otherwise it wouldn't be called standard gauge but something else.
The Darjeeling is 2ft gauge.

Ton
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dayveemac


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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2016, 12:06:55 PM »

Indian " standard gauge" is 5 foot.  Meter gauge was also used , mostly in Rajasthan, but much has been converted to 5 ft.  Two ft is for a few feeder lines such as Darjeeling, Simla and the network out of Baroda.  Spent a day there in 1990 at a junction of 5 lines, each of which had a 2 ft train converge within a 15 minute time slot.  Line was powered by Z class outside frame 2-6-2  locos> With all the activity,  a bit like Phillips Maine on the SR&RL.  One train came in with the roof entirely covered in riders, I thought the coaches were going to tip over being so top heavy.
   You can see some of my rail pictures at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/104438411@N02/
However, not any Indian RR pics yet, but there is a dose of Argentinian 30" gauge.
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dutchbuilder


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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2016, 03:11:34 PM »

I didn't know that.
Doesn't take away that standard gauge is standard gauge.
You rightly say Indian standard gauge.
So it actually should be called broad gauge.

Ton
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