Portage railway

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A Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway engine, an example of a small locomotive on a narrow gauge portage railway.

A portage railway is a short and possibly isolated section of railway used to bypass a section of unnavigable river or between two water bodies which are not directly connected.[1] Cargo from waterborne vessels is unloaded, loaded onto conventional railroad rolling stock, carried to the other end of the railway, where it is unloaded and loaded onto a second waterborne vessel. A portage railway is the opposite of a train ferry.


The following are or were locations of portage railways:




Central African Republic









United States


  1. ^ Derek Hayes (2006). "Historical Atlas of Canada: Canada's History Illustrated with Original Maps". Douglas & McIntyre. p. 210. ISBN 9781553650775. Retrieved 2013-03-23. Most of Canada's first railways were portage railways, designed to meet river traffic and ferry it past rapids. 
  2. ^ "三峡翻坝铁路前期工作启动 建成实现水铁联运" [Dam in Three Gorges railway preliminary work completed to start the implementation of water and railway transport] (in Chinese). 2012-10-12. Archived from the original on 2015-09-04. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 据透露,已经于去年底开工建设的紫云地方铁路,预计明年建成通车。紫云地方铁路接轨于国家铁路焦柳线枝江站,连接猇亭、白洋、姚家港三大开发区以及云池、白洋、田家河、姚家港四大港口,线路总长36.5公里,建成后年货运能力将达到1500万吨。  (in Chinese) (The article includes a map)
  3. ^ "Прохождение судами Енисейского пароходства судоподъемника Красноярской ГЭС - Фотогалерея".  (Boats of the Yenisei Shipping Company traveling via the ship lift of the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Station: Photo gallery) (in Russian)
  4. ^ From River to River - photo gallery, 2007
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