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  •  Now you've REALLY piqued my interest. (9+ / 0-)

    I am a huge fan of Sir Arthur Heywood, and his "minimum gauge railways", and worked for a few years building 15 and 24 (and one 36) inch railways for parks and other rides.  Locomotives, equipment, grading, bridges, the works.

    I am a licensed stem engine engineer in Arizona :)

    Love the English Stuff (I rode around with Alan Bloom on his lines, back several decades ago), the Welsh stuff, and particularly the really small stuff.

    We need a bunch of this in the US.  Rail is so much more efficient than rubber tires on asphalt.  Two foot gauge is quite practical for light traffic...the Sandy River and Rangely Lakes, in Maine, used to have more than 200 miles of the stuff.  We tried to get a rail people-mover installed in a huge new park development in Tempe years ago, but they went with a rubber tired version.  Bleah.

    "We refuse to fight in a war started by men who refused to fight in a war." -freewayblogger

    by Bisbonian on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 05:35:21 PM PDT

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