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Fifteen-inch gauge railways were pioneered by Sir Arthur Percival Heywood who was interested in what he termed a minimum gauge railway for use as estate railways or to be easy to lay on, for instance, a battlefield.[1] In 1874, he described the principle behind it as used for his Duffield Bank Railway, distinguishing it from a "Narrow Gauge" railway. Having previously built a small railway of 9 in (229 mm) gauge, he settled on 15 in (381 mm) gauge as the minimum that he felt was practical.

Installations

Country/territory Railway
Australia
Austria
France
Germany
Japan
New Zealand
United Kingdom

England

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Wales

United States

Arizona

California

Colorado

Illinois

Massachusetts

Michigan

Pennsylvania

Texas

Wisconsin

See also

References

  1. ^ Heywood, A.P. (1974) [1881, Derby: Bemrose]. Minimum Gauge Railways. Turntable Enterprises. ISBN 0-902844-26-1.