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Talk to me about gauge changing! The last mixed gauge track here in Colorado (standard 4' 8.5" gauge combined with narrow 3' gauge) was pulled up a long time ago (except in some small rural yards). Is there not a standard gauge in Europe???

by asdf on Thu Feb 21st, 2008 at 10:01:16 PM EST
Beautiful photo!

Is there not a standard gauge in Europe???

In most of it, there is standard gauge (1435 mm). However, the former USSR has modern Russian broad gauge (1520 mm), formerly Tsarist-Russia-held Finland the original Russian broad gauge (1524 mm), rail-isolated Ireland has a broad gauge also used in some other former British colonies including Australia and NZ (1600 mm), many mountain railways (and some trams) have metre gauge, and Spain and Portugal has Iberian gauge (1668 mm).

Spain has an ambitious plan to re-gauge its entire network to standard gauge, the first steps of which are to build all high-speed lines with normal gauge, and all line upgrades with special sleepers prepared for quick re-gauging.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 22nd, 2008 at 05:00:06 AM EST
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http://parovoz.com/spravka/gauges-en.php has an interesting table of international train gauges that I have not run across before...
by asdf on Fri Feb 22nd, 2008 at 10:08:04 PM EST
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Spain's talgo trains have automatic gauge-changing. I took a train from Barcelona to Narbonne last year and at Perpignan the train slows down to a snail's pace and you hear these creaking noises as --- I presume --- a slowly-narrowing track pushes the wheels closer together.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 23rd, 2008 at 05:53:18 AM EST
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