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    Japanese Railways

    Cape Gauge Cape Gauge was used in many countries throughout the world. It has been identified primarily with the Cape Colony in South Africa but was used first in the UK on a variety of tramways. Later its use extended into a number of countries in the Far East including New Zealand, Indonesia and in particular Japan. Cape Gauge was chosen as the 'standard gauge' in Japan. This post provides an introduction to the historic railways of Japan. The story includes a variety of different gauges. The use of different gauges seems at least as complex as the situation in the UK.This post is an introduction to the railways of Japan and centres around the use of Cape Gauge. .... .... https://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/09/japanese-railway-history-cape-gauge 762mm Gauge - Part 1 - The Kurobe Gorge Railway I hope to produce a short series of short posts over the next little while which look at some of the 2ft 6in track-gauge railway in Japan. This is the first. The Kurobe Gorge Railway is both as tourist railway and a supply line to the hydroelectric power stations along the Kurobe River Gorge. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/30/japanese-narrow-gauge-762mm-lines-part-1-the-kurobe-gorge-railway
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    Japanese Railways

    The Kiso Forest Railways - Part C This next post covers another of the significant 762mm railways in the Kiso Forest. The Ogawa Forest Railway. This railway was connected directly to the Otaki Forest Railway. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/02/21/japanese-narrow-gauge-762mm-lines-part-4-the-kiso-railway-part-c-the-ogawa-forest-railway
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    Japanese Railways

    The Kiso Forest Railways - Part B This post covers one of the main logging railway networks in the Kiso Valley. .... The Otaki Forest Railway. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/02/16/japanese-narrow-gauge-762mm-lines-part-3-the-kiso-railway-part-b-the-otaki-forest-railway
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    Britain's Lost Railways

    At Christmas 2018, a friend gave me a book by John Minnis entitled 'Britain's Lost Railways'. It would be natural to assume that this was a book about the different lines that have been lost throughout the UK. This is, however, a book about the lost infrastructure that surrounds the railway, particularly about railway architecture. I have written a short review of the book: http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/02/16/book-review-john-minnis-britains-lost-railways-a-commemoration-of-our-finest-railway-architecture
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    The Penydarren Tramway

    I am continuing to read through old copies of ‘The Railway Magazine’. This time it is the December 1950 edition. It contains a short article about the Kelvedon and Tollesbury Light Railway in Essex. This article held my interest because it relates to a line not too far from Braintree in Essex where we lived between 1970 and 1972. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/29/the-kelvedon-and-tollesbury-light-railway
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    The Penydarren Tramway

    I have just begun reading a book by John Minnis - 'Britain's Lost Railways' - and found this picture which he says is the only one known to be in existence of the Mertyr/Penydarren Tramroad in use.
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    Japanese Railways

    762mm Gauge - Part 2 - The Kiso Forest Railways - Part A This next post provides an introduction to the Logging Railways in the Kiso Forest. Only a short tourist railway now remains of what was once a very large system of 762mm lines. I am currently working on a short survey of one of the lines which made up the network. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/02/11/japanese-narrow-gauge-762mm-lines-part-2-the-kiso-railway-part-a
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    MonoRailways

    The Listowel and Ballybunion Railway I have already posted this elsewhere and I suspect I might be told that this is not really a mono-rail. The railway has fascinated me for some time . I hope this post is of interest on this thread. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/12/31/the-listowel-and-ballybunion-railway I have just purchased "Monorails of the 19th Century" by Adrian S. Garner, (Lightmoor Press) I am looking forward to reading it in the next few weeks.
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    Rails in the Road

    I was given a copy of the book by Oliver Green, 'Rails in the Road' as a Christmas present. I have just finished reading it. The link below is to a review of the book. It is a large, coffee-table-sized book with a price tag of £30.00. It is illustrated throughout with high quality contemporary images. The story of the tram in the UK is well written and it seems to me that the author shows a good understanding of the underlying social issues which surrounded public transport throughout the decades of the late 19th, the 20th and the 21st centuries. Oliver Green was Head Curator of the London Transport Museum and now acts in a consultative capacity to a number of transport museums. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/02/09/book-review-rails-in-the-road-by-oliver-green Have others read the book?
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    Railways and Tramways of the Forest of Dean

    My wife and I enjoy an annual holiday in the Forest of Dean. We have been there almost every year since the year 2000. During that time we have enjoyed exploring a number of the different railway routes in the forest and have begun to realise just how complex a network of tramways supported the standard vague railways which themselves had replaced much earlier tramways. I hope this thread will be of interest to some. This is the first of a series of blog posts about the forest and its railways and tramways and focusses on Lydney Harbour and its transport links, particularly rail and tramway/tramroad. ... https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/lydney-harbour
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    Railways and Tramways of the Forest of Dean

    Recently, I have begun researching some of the tramways/tramroads in the valleys of South Wales. The first of these that I looked at was the Penydarren Tramroad. While I was looking at the website of the Industrial Railway Society (https://www.irsociety.co.uk) I came across a story which related to the Forest if Dean and, in particular, the Severn & Wye Railway & Canal Company. The link below highlights the story of what appears to have been the research necessary before purchasing the first steam locomotive the Forest of Dean. It also pints to what could have been a far earlier introduction of steam traction into the Forest. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/02/08/a-first-steam-locomotive-for-the-severn-and-wye-tramway
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    The Penydarren Tramway

    I promised a survey of the line between Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil. This next post follows the Penydarren Tramroad along its full length. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/02/06/the-penydarren-tramroad-south-wales-part-2
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    The Kelvedon and Tollesbury Light Railway

    I am continuing to read through old copies of ‘The Railway Magazine’. This time it is the December 1950 edition. It contains a short article about the Kelvedon and Tollesbury Light Railway in Essex. This article held my interest because it relates to a line not too far from Braintree in Essex where we lived between 1970 and 1972. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/29/the-kelvedon-and-tollesbury-light-railway
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    The Ashover Light Railway

    This is another thread prompted by reading old copies of "The Railway Magazine" from 1950. The September 1950 magazine carried a short article about the Ashover Light Railway which had finally closed over the majority of its length to freight traffic in March 1950.The post below is the first of at least two.http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/15/the-ashover-light-railway-part-1I hope you enjoy it. Much of the information comes from three sources .... The Railway Magazine, Wikipedia, and the website of the Ashover Light Railway Society. The Society's website is well worth a visit.http://www.alrs.org.uk This is the second post in a short series about the Ashover Light Railway. It covers the length of the line from the Clay Cross Works to Stretton Halt. ....http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/19/the-ashover-light-railway-part-2
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    The Ashover Light Railway

    And finally .... .... ... This is the third of three planned posts about the Ashover Light Railway. I hope you enjoy the final installment. .... http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/19/the-ashover-light-railway-part-3
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    The Ballachulish Railway Line

    This is the third of three posts planned to cover the Ballachulish Branch. It includes the final length of the line approaching Ballachulish, some details about the quarries and a November 1950 article about the line which has been taken from The Railway Magazine of that date. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/05/the-ballachulish-railway-line-part-3
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    The Ballachulish Railway Line

    Another of those magazines at Christmas time (2018). This time it was an old "Hornby Magazine" from 2012. This was originally intended to be a short reflection on the Ballachulish Line but it is developing into something much longer. There will be three parts to this story! This is the first post: http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/01/the-ballachulish-railway-line-part-1
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    The Ballachulish Railway Line

    In Part 1 of this story we covered much about the history of the line between Connel Ferry and Ballachulish. We start Part 2 with a few reminders of what was covered in Part 1 and provide some additional material from various sources before continuing our journey North along the branch. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/02/the-ballachulish-railway-line-part-2
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    The Flam Railway

    Over Christmas 2018 I have been reading through a number of old copies of 'The Railway Magazine'. Most of the magazines were from 1950. I found an article about the Flam Railway in Norway and thought that members of the forum might be interested.The railway provides the connection between the national railway network in Norway and the Sognefjord. It was the plan of the 'spiral at the head of the valley that grabbed my attention. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/01/the-flam-railway-in-1950
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    Uganda Railways

    Over Christmas 2018, I have taken some time to look through older Railway Magazines which have been waiting for my attention for months. I have enjoyed looking at copies of The Railway Magazine from 1950 and found a complete copy of an article about the Kenya-Uganda Railway in the April 1950 edition of the magazine. I thought the full article may be of interest here. Please follow this link: https://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/12/28/uganda-railways-part-29-the-railway-magazine-1950-april-1950 Continuing to read through the 1950 editions of The Railway Magazine, I came across this article in the June issue: http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/01/uganda-railways-part-30-the-railway-magazine-1950-june-1950
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    Uganda Railways

    My wife and I are in Uganda at the moment (9th May 2018), I have been here a number of times before. The national railway system is metre-gauge. I hope this first post is of interest to members of this forum. I think that this post is on topic provided you think Continental can refer to the African Continent! https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/uganda-railways-part-1 Other posts about the trip, but not railway related, can be found on this link: https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/category/uganda
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    The Listowel and Ballybunion Railway

    As a follow up …………….. I have been sent a number of links to videos including one to a model built in O Gauge. The first link should take you to the model, the remaining links are primarily to videos taken at the site in Ireland. I have also been sent a link to another page about the railway, the link to that page can be found beneath the videos. [MEDIA=youtube]KuT8IRViapw[/MEDIA] [MEDIA=youtube]jCYeGs4Rq4g[/MEDIA] [MEDIA=youtube]ZA9KwWRbzdw[/MEDIA] [MEDIA=youtube]ZjBKQlr9fSs[/MEDIA] [MEDIA=youtube]RikSdJOuSNg[/MEDIA] An HO model of the line, together with more information and pictures: https://irishwaterwayshistory.com/rail/the-lartigue-monorail-in-listowel/
  23. This line has fascinated me for some time. I hope this post is of interest. Does anyone have further information? http://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/12/31/the-listowel-and-ballybunion-railway I wonder how this might be modelled effectively?
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    Provence Metre-Gauge Railways - Nice to Digne

    This next post on the locomotives and rolling stock on the Nice to Digne line focusses on the diesel locomotives in use on the line at different times during its development - shunters, locotracteurs, draisines, etc. http://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/12/29/nice-to-digne-les-bains-part-16-locomotives-and-rolling-stock-shunters-diesel-traction-chemins-de-fer-de-provence-82 The next post will consider the various railcars (autorails) in use on the line.
  25. The Nice to Digne metre-gauge line is the only one of the metre-gauge lines near Nice to remain open. Despite a chequered history, its future now seems relatively secure. This is the first post about this line. I have travelled on it a few times in recent years, and will do again when we are in Nice once more. It has seen some dramatic improvements in the permanent way and rolling stock in the past 5 or so years. https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/nice-to-digne-les-bains-part-1-nice-chemins-de-fer-de-provence-57 On a number of occasions, my wife and I have travelled on the line between Nice and Digne. our first trip was, I think, in 2001. I have still to find the photos. Uploading a lot of photos to the forum is not the best idea so I have provided a link to those taken by me in 2011. https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/nice-to-digne-railway-line-photographs-from-a-journey-to-entrevaux-and-puget-thernier-in-2011 The journey from the Station in Nice begins with the length through the suburbs of Nice and out onto the side of the River Var. We get as far as Colomars (La Manda) in this episode. I hope you enjoy it. https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/nice-to-digne-les-bains-part-2-nice-to-la-manda-chemins-de-fer-de-provence-58 There was a short line which ran through the streets of Nice linking the Gare du Sud to the central railway station in Nice. It was less than a kilometre long and I have done some research into the line and the locomotive which was predomiantly used to move wagons along it ... CP 51. You can get the story on this link ... https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/the-connection-between-the-plmsncf-station-in-nice-and-la-gare-du-sudchemins-de-fer-de-provence-59