3 ft gauge railways

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Graphic list of track gauges

  Fifteen inch 381 mm (15 in)

  600 mm,
Two foot
597 mm
600 mm
603 mm
610 mm
(1 ft 11 12 in)
(1 ft 11 58 in)
(1 ft 11 34 in)
(2 ft)
  750 mm,
Two foot six inch,
800 mm
750 mm
760 mm
762 mm
800 mm
(2 ft 5 12 in)
(2 ft 5 1516 in)
(2 ft 6 in)
(2 ft 7 12 in)
  Swedish three foot,
900 mm,
Three foot
891 mm
900 mm
914 mm
(2 ft11 332 in)
(2 ft 11 716)
(3 ft)
  Metre 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
  Three foot six inch 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  Four foot six inch 1,372 mm (4 ft 6 in)

  Standard 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

  1520 mm,
Five foot
1,520 mm
1,524 mm
(4 ft 11 2732 in)
(5 ft)
  Five foot three inch 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
  Iberian 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in)
  Five foot six inch 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
  Six foot 1,829 mm (6 ft)
  Brunel 2,140 mm (7 ft 14 in)
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A bridge of the defunct National Railroad of Mexico in 1883.
An electric tram on the Tranvía de Sóller on the Spanish island of Majorca.

Three foot gauge railways have a track gauge of 3 ft (914 mm) or 1 yard. This gauge is a narrow gauge and is generally found throughout North, Central, and South America. In Ireland, many secondary and industrial lines were built to 3 ft gauge, and it is the dominant gauge on the Isle of Man, where it is known as the Manx Standard Gauge. Modern 3 ft gauge railways are most commonly found in isolated mountainous areas, on small islands, or in large-scale amusement parks and theme parks (see table below). This gauge is also popular in model railroading (particularly in G scale), and model prototypes of these railways have been made by several model train brands around the world, such as Accucraft Trains (USA), Aristo-Craft Trains (USA), Bachmann Industries (Hong Kong), Delton Locomotive Works (USA), LGB (Germany),[1] and PIKO (Germany).


Country/territory Railway
El Salvador
Hong Kong
Isle of Man
New Caledonia
New Zealand

The Ferrocarril de Sóller and the Tranvía de Sóller are located on Majorca in the Balearic Islands. The other railways of the Majorca rail network were also 3 ft (914 mm) gauge, but with expansion and reconstruction of the network in the early 2000s, they were converted to 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge.

United Kingdom
United States

See also


  1. ^ 2006 LGB Catalog
  2. ^ Steamlocomotive.info - Cuba
  3. ^ Steamlocomotive.info - Al Zawra’a Dream Park
  4. ^ Al Zawra’a Dream Park - official website (in Arabic)
  5. ^ Surviving Steam Locomotives in Aguascalientes
  6. ^ Parque Héroes Mexicanos - official website (in Spanish)
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