--- In LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au, Frank Stamford <frank.stamford@...>
it is 1435 mm.Hmmm, well not sure about that. Some narrow gauge railways did make
profits, and many standard gauge lines didnt. At the end of the day
the narrower the gauge the more route miles for your buck, and the
broader the gauge the faster you could go and the bigger load you
But all those economic disasters produced some wonderful fascinatingnumerous
societies around the world to preserve.No doubt about that.
George W. Hilton's book "American Narrow Gauge Railways" (StanfordI don't think economics was ever the end all. Today, especially here
in Australia, we are prepared to accept cross subsidies, government
support and some cobbled together systems to try and get
telecommunications to all. A hundred years ago it was rail transport.
If you couldn't afford a standard gauge line, you made do with a
narrow gauge line, and someone paid the ongoing costs.