Category Archives: Prototype Information

Rail Track and Associated Equipment for use Underground in Mines

O14 group member Bob T has pointed out a very useful publication available from the HSE which provides Guidance on selection, installation and maintenance of rail track and associated equipment for use underground in mines. It provides a valuable insight into many aspects of prototype narrow gauge track construction some of which is equally applicable to above ground track.

It can be found here: Rail track and associated equipment for use underground in mines (PDF)

Le P’tit train de la Haute Somme

Le P’tit train de la Haute Somme is a preserved 60cm gauge sugar beet line (with WW1 military origins) in the Somme area of France. As well as steam and diesel stock it has an extensive museum with plenty of interesting 60cm/2ft locos and rolling stock (and some O14 models). A trip on the line is particularly interesting as the line has a Darjeeling style reversing zig-zag to help it climb out of the valley onto the plain above.

The society are also the publishers of the Voie Etroite magazine so there are plenty of current/back issues and other tempting reading material for sale.

Website: http://appeva.club.fr/index_e.htm

Östra Södermanlands Järnväg

Railway museum with an extensive collection of 600 mm narrow gauge passenger railcars. The ÖSlJ operates traffic on two different lines:

  • Traffic with steam on the 600 mm narrow-gauge line with locomotives and carriages dating from the period 1890-1925 between Mariefred and Läggesta junction, circa 4 km.
  • The line from Läggesta and Taxinge-Näsby, circa 7 km, was relayed as narrow-gauge and re-opened in November 2011 giving a total round trip of 22km around the lake shore.

Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostra_Sodermanlands_Jarnvag

Official website: http://www.oslj.nu/welcome/

World Wide 2ft Listing

ww2ft Listing is a site dedicated to listing all 2ft, 1′ 11 1/2″, 600mm & 610mm railways broken down by country. There should be enough prototypes for everybody.

Update 8 Jun 2014 – This site seems to have disappeared but there is an archive version here

Narrow Gauge Heaven

Narrow Gauge Heaven is a website dedicated to narrow gauge railways throughout the world, although currently there is more on UK narrow gauge railways than those in other parts of the world. It has the largest narrow gauge photo gallery on the web, with contributions from over 30 railway photographers.