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Brain Teaser - How many of today's narrow gauge lines occupy former standard gauge track beds?

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by BiggerBob, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. BiggerBob

    BiggerBob New Member

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    Are your little grey cells feeling moribund?
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    By the way partial occupation also counts as does closed but extant narrow gauge lines.
     
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    The Saggin' Dragon Part of the furniture Staff Member Moderator

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    Bala.
    Lappa Valley.
    Seaton Tramway.
    Gartell.
    Welsh Highland (part).
    Welsh Highland Heritage Railway.
    Bromyard.
    Wanlockhead.
    Alford Valley (Very small part)
    South Tynedale.
    Brecon Mountain.
    Vale of Rheidol (Small part)
     
  3. Chris B

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    Teifi Valley
    Bure Valley if 15" counts
     
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    Reading General Well-Known Member

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    Waterford and Suir should qualify.

    Moribund Foyle Valley Rly in Derry
     
  5. Anthony Coulls

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    Go down to 10 1/4" and you also have Wells & Walsingham ;)
     
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    staffordian Well-Known Member

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    Rudyard Lake?
     
  7. Spamcan81

    Spamcan81 Resident of Nat Pres

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    Launceston.
     
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    Obvious: Kirklees Light Railway.
    Moderately obscure: Final few yards of the Festiniog Railway (into Blaenau Ffestiniog).
    Technically: All of the Ravenglass below Murthwaite (first 3', then 15", then 15" and standard dual gauge, then back to just 15").
     
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    Wasn't the Teifi Valley originally Broad Gauge (7ft) before becoming standard gauge? Or am I thinking of Launceston?

    Gareth
     
  10. Chris B

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    Launceston was LSWR so not broad gauge
     
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    South Devon railway, West somerset railway...... :D
     
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    It's only a guess but what about that NG line next to the GWR at Toddington? And is there still similarly a NG line at the Midland Railway Centre? (And can we count the old 15" gauge line which was at Carnforth).
    No idea which of these are on actual trackbeds as opposed to just alongside.
     
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    Yes, found out that the Teifi Valley was indeed converted from broad to standard gauge and is now narrow gauge - I always thought there was one...
     
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    No - the line that TVR occupies was built by GWR after BG days.

    Regards

    Matt
     
  15. cerneobrien

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    The TVR line was built by the broad guage Carmarthen and Cardigan Railway in stages in the 1860s. It was taken over by the GWR in the 1880s.
     
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    I know and the original question was about former standard gauge lines. :)
     
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    Err the reply was to Gareth's comment about Launceston having been possibly broad gauge. :)
     
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    I take that back. The bit the TVR occupies is on the GWR's later extension to Newcastle Emlyn, so would never have been broad guage.
     
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    Makes life a whole lot easier for the rest of us if you quote the relevant post. ;)
     
  20. BiggerBob

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    Speaking of the original question - there is still at least one more line out there that nobody has mentioned.
     

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