900 mm gauge railways

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900 mm (2 ft 11 716 in) narrow-gauge railways are generally found in Europe. This gauge is mostly used for light urban rail networks, industrial and agricultural railways.

Installations

Country/territory Railway
Australia
Austria
Estonia
  • Vaivara–Viivikonna mine railway (converted to 1,435 mm or 4 ft 8 12 in standard gauge, then converted to 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in) Russian gauge)
Finland
Georgia
Germany
Guernsey
Iceland
Indonesia
  • Used by Rendeng sugar mill for sugar cane transport
Ireland
Norway
  • Used by the Germans up to 1945, called Feldbahn (field railway), for industrial plants or other temporary uses. In Norway during the WW2 the Germans built a 15 km railway between the harbour at Årdalstangen and the industrial plant of Øvre Årda. It closed in 1959, by then used only at the iron works. One steam locomotive was lost into the sea, but was found by divers around 1990 and is restored and exhibited at Aardalstangen.
Poland
Portugal
  • Lisbon funiculars (from 1913) and tramways (from 1901) and their preceding mule cars (regauged in 1888–1894 from 1,435 mm or 4 ft 8 12 in standard gauge)
  • Braga tramways (1914–1963)
  • Linha do Porto à Póvoa e Famalicão and its branch lines (Leixões and São Gens), built in 1871–1893 and regauged to 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge in 1930

In Sweden there has been an extensive network of railways with 891 mm (2 ft 11 332 in) gauge, Swedish three foot gauge railways. Some of them remain. This is so close to 900 mm (2 ft 11 716 in) that they are more or less compatible, and some sales of rolling stock between the gauges have taken place.

See also

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