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Standard Gauge
The STANDARD GAUGE (also STEPHENSON GAUGE after George Stephenson , INTERNATIONAL GAUGE, or NORMAL GAUGE) is a widely used railway track gauge . Approximately 55% of the lines in the world are this gauge. All high-speed rail lines, except those in Russia , Uzbekistan , and Finland , are standard gauge. The distance between the inside edges of the rails is defined to be 1435 mm except in the United States, where it is still defined in Imperial and US customary units as approximately 4 ft 8½ in. It is also called the UIC GAUGE or UIC TRACK GAUGE, the EUROPEAN GAUGE in the EU and Russia, or UNIFORM GAUGE in Queensland, Australia
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Track Gauge In Australia
GAUGE (US /ˈɡeɪdʒ/ , UK /ˈɡeɪdʒ/ or /ˈɡɔːdʒ/ ) may refer to: CONTENTS * 1 Measurement * 2 Sizes * 2.1 Railway practice * 2.2 Other sizes * 3 Mathematics and physics * 4 Other uses * 5 See also * 6 References MEASUREMENT* Gauge (instrument) , any of a variety of measuring instruments * For gauges on a car dashboard, see Dashboard items * Gauge blocks , metal blocks of precisely known dimension, used in measuring * Sight glass
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International Union Of Railways
The UIC (French : UNION INTERNATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER) or INTERNATIONAL UNION OF RAILWAYS is an international rail transport industry body. CONTENTS * 1 Brief history * 2 Mission * 3 Objectives * 4 Members * 5 Standard terminology * 6 Classification of railway vehicles * 7 Some UIC regulations * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links BRIEF HISTORYThe railways of Europe
Europe
originated as many separate concerns, and there were many border changes after World War I
World War I
and the Treaty of Versailles . Colonial railways were the responsibility of the mother country. Into this environment the UIC was created on 17 October 1922, with the aim of standardising industry practices. Ticket revenue sharing was originally undertaken with the UIC Franc currency equivalent
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Coal Mining
COAL MINING is the process of extracting coal from the ground. Coal is valued for its energy content , and, since the 1880s, has been widely used to generate electricity. Steel
Steel
and cement industries use coal as a fuel for extraction of iron from iron ore and for cement production . In the United Kingdom and South Africa
South Africa
a coal mine and its structures are a COLLIERY; a coal mine a PIT; the above-ground structures the pit head . In Australia, "colliery" generally refers to an underground coal mine. In the United States
United States
"colliery" has been used to describe a coal mine operation but nowadays the word is not commonly used. Coal
Coal
mining has had many developments over the recent years, from the early days of men tunnelling, digging and manually extracting the coal on carts, to large open cut and long wall mines
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Queensland, Australia
QUEENSLAND (abbreviated as QLD, or less frequently Q) is the second-largest and third-most-populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia
Australia
. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
, South Australia
South Australia
and New South Wales
New South Wales
to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland
Queensland
is bordered by the Coral Sea
Coral Sea
and Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
. The state is the world's sixth largest sub-national entity , with an area of 1,852,642 km2. Queensland
Queensland
has a population of 4,750,500, concentrated along the coast and particularly in the state's South East . The capital and largest city in the state is Brisbane
Brisbane
, Australia's third largest city
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High-speed Rail In Finland
HIGH-SPEED RAIL is emerging in EUROPE as an increasingly popular and efficient means of transport. The first high-speed rail lines in Europe, built in the 1980s and 1990s, improved travel times on intra-national corridors. Since then, several countries have built extensive high-speed networks, and there are now several cross-border high-speed rail links. Railway operators frequently run international services, and tracks are continuously being built and upgraded to international standards on the emerging European high-speed rail network. In 2007, a consortium of European railway operators, Railteam , emerged to co-ordinate and boost cross-border high-speed rail travel. Developing a Trans-European high-speed rail network is a stated goal of the European Union , and most cross-border railway lines receive EU funding
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High-speed Rail In Uzbekistan
High speed rail in Uzbekistan currently consists of 600 km of track and services using Talgo 250 equipment, branded Afrosiyob by operator Uzbekistan Railways , on upgraded conventional lines. All HSR lines have been built using upgraded lines on Russian gauge . Other regional railways exist. The country currently has two interoperated lines: * Tashkent–Samarkand high-speed rail line , opened 2011 using HSR capable trains while upgrading taking over 2.5 hours, in 2013 the 344km route full commercial speed taking 2 hours and 8 minutes. * Samarkand-Bukhara high-speed rail line , opened Aug 2016, extension of the first line, 256 km taking 1 hour 12 minutes, or from Tashkent 3 hours and 20 minutes. Services from Tashkent to Almaty , Kazakhstan have been steadily improving from the Soviet era 30 hours to 16.5 hours as of 2017. . There is also a 1.5 hour customs stop at the border (included?)
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Width
In geometric measurements, LENGTH is the most extended dimension of an object. In the International System of Quantities
International System of Quantities
, length is any quantity with dimension distance. In other contexts "length" is the measured dimension of an object. For example, it is possible to cut a length of a wire which is shorter than wire thickness. Length
Length
may be distinguished from height , which is vertical extent, and width or breadth, which are the distance from side to side, measuring across the object at right angles to the length. Length
Length
is a measure of one dimension, whereas area is a measure of two dimensions (length squared) and volume is a measure of three dimensions (length cubed). In most systems of measurement , the unit of length is a base unit , from which other units are derived
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Imperial And Us Customary Measurement Systems
The imperial and US customary systems of measurement are two closely inter-related systems of measurement both derived from earlier English system of measurement units which can be traced back to Ancient Roman units of measurement , and Carolingian and Saxon units of measure. US Customary units, developed and used in the United States
United States
after the American Revolution
American Revolution
, are based on a subset of the English units
English units
used in the Thirteen Colonies
Thirteen Colonies
, while the Imperial system of units was developed and used after 1824 in the United Kingdom and subsequently used in the rest of the Commonwealth . US Customary units are the predominant system of units in the United States, but in all Commonwealth countries the metric system has, to varying degrees, replaced the imperial system
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Track Gauge In North America
Coordinates : 40°N 100°W / 40°N 100°W / 40; -100 United States
United States
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Track Gauge In Europe
EUROPE is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere
Northern Hemisphere
and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere
Eastern Hemisphere
. Europe
Europe
is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
to the south. It comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia
Eurasia
. Europe
Europe
is generally considered as separated from Asia
Asia
by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains
Caucasus Mountains
, the Ural River , the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways of the Turkish Straits
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Scotland
SCOTLAND (/ˈskɒt.lənd/ ; Scots : ; Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic
: Alba
Alba
( listen )) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain
Great Britain
. It shares a border with England
England
to the south, and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
, with the North Sea
North Sea
to the east and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the south-west. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides . The Kingdom of Scotland
Kingdom of Scotland
emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages
Early Middle Ages
and continued to exist until 1707
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High-speed Rail In Russia
HIGH-SPEED RAIL is emerging in RUSSIA as an increasingly popular means of transport. CONTENTS * 1 Experimental trainsets and early operation * 2 Lines in operation * 3 New lines under consideration * 4 Criticism from rural areas * 5 References EXPERIMENTAL TRAINSETS AND EARLY OPERATION ER-200 (1984-2009) Two experimental high-speed trainsets were built in 1974 designed for 200 km/h (120 mph) operation: the locomotive-hauled RT-200 ("Russkaya Troika") and the ER-200 EMU . The RT-200 set made only experimental runs in 1975 and 1980 and was discontinued due to the unavailability of the ChS-200 high-speed locomotive, which was only delivered later. The ER-200 EMU was put into regular service in 1984. In 1992 a second ER-200 trainset was built in Riga. Both sets were retired in 2009
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New Orleans And Carrollton Railroad
The NEW ORLEANS AND CARROLLTON RAILROAD (originally RAIL ROAD) was one of six short-line rail systems built to connect the city of New Orleans , Louisiana , with surrounding neighborhoods, in this case, four-and-a-half miles to the resort village of Carrollton . It was one of the first public transit trolley systems built in the urban United States . View of a 2-2-0 steam locomotive, probably by B. Hick and Sons , with carriages at the Carrollton Hotel 16 December 1835, by C. Rothaas The line was chartered in 1833, and opened for business two years later. It was constructed with a track gauge of 4 ft 8 in (1,422 mm) and was the only one of the New Orleans suburban railways to use locomotives to pull the passenger cars (the other five used horses or mules). The street railroads provided low cost and convenient public transportation for New Orleans' residents
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Track Gauge In South America
North America · South America · Europe · Australia * v * t * e Further information: List of rail gauges In South America, Argentina and Chile use 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) track gauge, as well as 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) or metre gauge . Brazil uses 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) (known as " Irish gauge ", most common for passenger services and a few corridors in the Southeast) and 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) (known as "narrow gauge " or "metre gauge ", most common for cargo services). Exceptions are the Estrada de Ferro do Amapá north of the Amazon River, which has 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) gauge, and the new Line 5 of São Paulo Metro , which also uses standard gauge. Argentina (partly), Venezuela , Paraguay , Uruguay , and Peru use standard gauge
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Railway
RAIL TRANSPORT is a means of transferring of passengers and goods on wheeled vehicles running on rails, also known as tracks . It is also commonly referred to as train transport. In contrast to road transport , where vehicles run on a prepared flat surface, rail vehicles (rolling stock ) are directionally guided by the tracks on which they run. Tracks usually consist of steel rails, installed on ties (sleepers) and ballast , on which the rolling stock, usually fitted with metal wheels, moves. Other variations are also possible, such as slab track, where the rails are fastened to a concrete foundation resting on a prepared subsurface. Rolling stock
Rolling stock
in a rail transport system generally encounters lower frictional resistance than road vehicles, so passenger and freight cars (carriages and wagons) can be coupled into longer trains
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