Re: Narrow gauge - in 1905
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Well, first, they were fascinating subjects, many with interesting stories and ambitions.
Second, many were very colorful, both in livery and operations.
Third, they're smaller, making them fit better in limited space.
Fourth, several survived into the dawn of railfanning, presenting archaic, oddball, romantic notions just at the right time.
And many more reasons. We are a group of antiquarians, researchers, modelers, artists, cartographers, archaeologists, industrial historians, machine heads, etc etc etc. Maybe we like it just because it's different, odd, flawed.
None of that means that narrow gauge was the smartest or best implementation of railroading technology, but it captured our imaginations and hearts. I can't see why it's hard to imagine people following technology that was flawed or deadended.
I'm here because I found the Sandy River in 1972, followed that to the Gilpin which led to the C&S, then to the Monterey &Salinas Valley, the Santa Cruz & Felton and from them to the Nevada Central and Carson & Colorado. Somewhere I found British 2' industrial and WWI Brit trench lines and then Darjeeling, Patagonia, Welshpool, etc. To my eye and imagination all far more fascinating than any standard gauge with the exception of the CP's float operation into the Slocan, which is the closest to narrow gauge, but was standard gauge, that I've found.
On Jun 18, 2021, at 4:06 PM, Russ Norris <rbnorrisjr@...> wrote: