The International Steam Pages
Non-steam Narrow Gauge Railways round the World
This is a relatively recent page (May 2011) and is very much an embryonic offering, it is just a brief introduction and it will only serve its purpose if readers send me reports of their travels or ideas for inclusions. Originally I planned to concentrate on industrial operations but there seems no reason to exclude common carrier railways although I would expect to put very little emphasis on purely tourist operations. I would particular welcome current information from surviving Indian narrow gauge lines.
I have been a narrow gauge steam freak for over 30 years, back then, many countries boasted working narrow gauge steam - by which I mean (by and large) railways with a gauge of less than one metre, but which are not 'miniature' again it is an arbitrary decision on my part. Now those countries with real narrow gauge steam can be counted on the fingers of one hand and nowhere is it remotely plentiful.
Many steam enthusiasts have naturally stepped sideways to visit and record non-steam narrow gauge railways which are in similar decline. While living in China, I had access to all kinds of such railways, human powered as well as those using internal combustion, battery and overhead electric locomotives. Personally, I am not yet ready to mount dedicated expeditions but I have spent increasing time looking at such systems when I happen to be in an area for steam activity. As always, updates, additions and corrections will be very welcome, but please send European information to Steve Thomason (see link below).
The following sites also provide useful information:
I don't include gratuitous advertisements to commercial products, but I am happy to make exceptions for
Narrow Gauge World, a bi-monthly UK publication with a significant international slant
Voie Etroite a bi-monthly French publication with a significant international slant
Latest additions are Brian Garvin's picture of the US Gypsum loco (20th June 2013), Java 2012 reports (12th June 2013), Wilson Lythgoe's Suileng and Xinglongzhen visits in April 2013 (17th May 2013), extra links in the Russian list (24th July 2013) and Robin Gibbon's Nanjing visit (2nd May 2013).
Other countries where I believe there are 'real' narrow gauge railways still at work, suitable links would be welcome.