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Track Gauge
North America · South America · Europe · Australia * v * t * e Part of a series on RAIL TRANSPORT * Operations * Track * Maintenance * High-speed railways * Track gauge * Stations * Trains * Locomotives * Rolling stock * Companies * History * Attractions * Terminology (AU , NA , NZ , UK ) * By country * Accidents * Railway couplings * Couplers by country * Coupler conversion * Track gauge * Variable gauge
Variable gauge
* Gauge conversion * Dual gauge * Wheelset * Bogie
Bogie
(truck) * Dual coupling * Rail subsidies * Modelling * v * t * e In rail transport , TRACK GAUGE is the spacing of the rails on a railway track and is measured between the inner faces of the load-bearing rails
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Track Gauge In North America
Coordinates : 40°N 100°W / 40°N 100°W / 40; -100 United States
United States
of America Flag Great Seal MOTTO: " In God We Trust
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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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List Of Rail Transport Modelling Scales
RAIL TRANSPORT MODELLING uses a variety of SCALES (ratio between the real world and the model) to ensure scale models look correct when placed next to each other. Model railway scales are standardized worldwide by many organizations and hobbyist groups. Some of the scales are recognized globally, while others are less widespread and, in many cases, virtually unknown outside their circle of origin. Scales may be expressed as a numeric ratio (e.g. 1/87 or 1:87) or as a letter defined in rail transport modelling standards (e.g. HO , OO , N , O , G , TT and Z .) The majority of commercial model railway equipment manufacturers base their offerings on NEM or NMRA
NMRA
standards in most popular scales
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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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Glossary Of United Kingdom Railway Terms
This page contains a list of jargon used to varying degrees by railfans and trainspotters in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, including nicknames for various locomotives and multiple units. Although not exhaustive, many of the entries in this list appear from time to time in specialist, rail-related publications. Inclusion of a term in this list does not necessarily imply its universal adoption by all railfans and enthusiasts, and there may be significant regional variation in usage. Contents : * A * B * C * D * E * F * G * H * J * K * L * M * N * O * P * R * S * T * U * V * W * Y A Annett\'s key A large key which locks levers or other items of signalling apparatus, thereby serving as a portable form of interlocking Aspect The indication displayed by a colour-light signal (e.g
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Rail Transport Operations
A railway has two major components: the rolling stock (the locomotives, passenger coaches, freight cars , etc.) and the infrastructure (the permanent way , tracks, stations, freight facilities, viaducts, tunnels, etc.). CONTENTS * 1 Operation * 2 Intrinsic factors * 2.1 Signalling * 2.2 Types of rail system * 2.3 Permanent way and railroad construction * 2.4 Types of vehicle * 2.5 Passenger operations * 2.6 Freight operations * 2.7 Locomotive
Locomotive
operations * 2.8 Maintenance of way
Maintenance of way
operations * 3 Background factors (feasibility) * 4 Extrinsic factors * 4.1 Physical geography * 4.2 Human geography
Human geography
* 4.3 Historical factors OPERATION Two British Rail Class 143 DMUs at Cardiff Queen Street station in the United Kingdom. Both trains are operated by Arriva Trains Wales
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Rail Transport By Country
This page provides an index of articles on RAIL TRANSPORT BY COUNTRY. Other indexes available include: * List of railway companies
List of railway companies
by country * List of countries by rail transport network size * Rail usage statistics by country *
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Glossary Of New Zealand Railway Terms
This is a list of jargon commonly used by railfans in New Zealand
New Zealand
. Contents : * B * C * D * E * F * G * H * I * J * K * L * M * N * O * P * R * S * T * U * V * W B Blue Fern A passenger train of 56-foot steel-panelled carriages replacing 'Silver Fern' railcars on the North Island Main Trunk when they were unavailable Blue Rattlers ADK class on the Auckland
Auckland
suburban network Blue Streaks Three NZR RM class 88 seater railcars renovated for a fast service between Hamilton and Auckland
Auckland
Tranz Rail Bumble-Bee livery Bumble-Bee Yellow and black Tranz Rail livery. Introduced on DC 4323 in 2001 after the Makihi collision, and officially named 'Hi-Viz'
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Railroad Car
A RAILROAD CAR or RAILCAR (American and Canadian English ), RAILWAY WAGON or RAILWAY CARRIAGE (UK and UIC ), also called a TRAIN CAR or TRAIN WAGON, is a vehicle used for the carrying of cargo or passengers on a rail transport system (a railroad/railway). Such cars, when coupled together and hauled by one or more locomotives , form a train . Alternatively, some passenger cars are self-propelled in which case they may be either single railcars or make up multiple units . The term "CAR" is commonly used by itself in American English
American English
when a rail context is implicit. Indian English
Indian English
sometimes uses "BOGIE" in the same manner, though the term has other meanings in other variants of English. In American English, "railcar" is a generic term for a railway vehicle; in other countries "railcar " refers specifically to a self-propelled, powered, railway vehicle
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List Of Railway Companies
This is a list of the world's RAILWAY OPERATING COMPANIES listed alphabetically by continent and country. This list includes companies operating both now and in the past. Note also that in some countries, the railway operating bodies are not companies, but are government departments or authorities. Particularly in many European countries beginning in the late-1980s, with privatizations and the separation of the track ownership and management from running the trains, there are now many track-only companies and train-only companies
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Glossary Of North American Railway Terms
This page contains a list of terms , jargon , and slang used to varying degrees by railfans and railroad employees in the United States and Canada
Canada
. Although not exhaustive, many of the entries in this list appear from time to time in specialist, rail-related publications. Inclusion of a term in this list does not necessarily imply its universal adoption by all railfans and railroad employees, and there may be significant regional variation in usage
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History Of Rail Transport
Including systems with man or horse power, and tracks or guides made of stone or wood, the HISTORY OF RAIL TRANSPORT dates back as far as the ancient Greeks. Wagonways were relatively common in Europe (typically in mining) from about 1500 through 1800. Mechanised rail transport systems first appeared in England in the 1820s. These systems, which made use of the steam locomotive , were critical to the Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
and to the development of export economies across the world. They have remained the primary form of long distance land transportation for many bulk materials such as coal, ore, grains, stone and sand and gravel
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Train
A TRAIN is a form of rail transport consisting of a series of vehicles that usually runs along a rail track to transport cargo or passengers . Motive power is provided by a separate locomotive or individual motors in self-propelled multiple units . Although historically steam propulsion dominated, the most common modern forms are diesel and electric locomotives, the latter supplied by overhead wires or additional rails . Other energy sources include horses , engine or water-driven rope or wire winch , gravity , pneumatics , batteries , and gas turbines . Train
Train
tracks usually consist of two running rails , sometimes supplemented by additional rails such as electric conducting rails and rack rails , with a limited number of monorails and maglev guideways in the mix. The word 'train' comes from the Old French
Old French
trahiner, from the Latin
Latin
trahere 'pull, draw'
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Glossary Of Rail Transport Terms
Rail terminology is a form of technical terminology . The difference between the American term railroad and the international term railway (used by the International Union of Railways and English-speaking countries outside the US) is the most significant difference in rail terminology. There are also others, due to the parallel development of rail transport systems in different parts of the world. Various global terms are presented here; where a term has multiple names, this is indicated. The abbreviation "UIC" refers to standard terms adopted by the International Union of Railways in its official publications and thesaurus. Contents : * 0–9 * A * B * C * D * E * F * G * H * I * J * K * L * M * N * O * P * R * S * T * U * V * W * Y * Z 0–9 For 4-4-0, 2-6-4T, 0-4-4-0, etc., see Whyte notation
Whyte notation

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High-speed Rail
HIGH-SPEED RAIL is a type of rail transport that operates significantly faster than traditional rail traffic, using an integrated system of specialized rolling stock and dedicated tracks. While there is no single standard that applies worldwide, new lines in excess of 250 kilometres per hour (160 miles per hour) and existing lines in excess of 200 kilometres per hour (120 miles per hour) are widely considered to be high-speed, with some extending the definition to include lower speeds in areas for which these speeds still represent significant improvements. The first such system began operations in Japan in 1964 and was widely known as the bullet train . High-speed trains normally operate on standard gauge tracks of continuously welded rail on grade-separated right-of-way that incorporates a large turning radius in its design
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