::Dual gauge


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Track gauge
By transport mode
TramRapid transit
MiniatureScale model
By size (list)
Graphic list of track gauges

  Fifteen inch 381 mm (15 in)

  Two foot,
600 mm
597 mm
600 mm
603 mm
610 mm
(1 ft 11 12 in)
(1 ft 11 58 in)
(1 ft 11 34 in)
(2 ft)
  750 mm,
Two foot six inch,
800 mm
750 mm
760 mm
762 mm
800 mm
(2 ft 5 12 in)
(2 ft 5 1516 in)
(2 ft 6 in)
(2 ft 7 12 in)
  Swedish three foot,
900 mm,
Three foot
891 mm
900 mm
914 mm
(2 ft11 332 in)
(2 ft 11 716)
(3 ft)
  Metre 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
  Three foot six inch,
Cape, CAP, Kyōki
1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  Four foot six inch 1,372 mm (4 ft 6 in)

  Standard 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

Five foot
1,520 mm
1,524 mm
(4 ft 11 2732 in)
(5 ft)
  Irish 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
  Iberian 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in)
  Indian 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
  Six foot 1,829 mm (6 ft)
  Brunel 2,140 mm (7 ft 14 in)
Change of gauge
Break-of-gaugeDual gauge
Conversion (list)Bogie exchangeVariable gauge
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A dual-gauge railway is a line of track that provides for trains of two separate gauges. A mixed-gauge railway provides for more than two separate gauges, but is also a term sometimes used to denote dual-gauge. A dual-gauge track configuration usually consists of three rails, two 'vital' (or gauge-) rails, one for each gauge, plus a 'common rail'--although at times, commonality is not possible and four rails are required (the two separate tracks of each gauge are placed within each other). In an ordinary three-rail dual-gauge configuration, the two adjacent outer rails give provide each of the gauges, while the single outer rail is common to trains of both gauges operating over it. This configuration is not to be confused with the electric current traction rail (third rail) or a check or guard rail.

Dual gauge sections
Intro   Reasoning    Configuration    Gauge conversion    Examples    Four rail dual gauge    Double dual gauge    Triple gauge    Quadruple Gauge    Accidents on dual-gauge railways    Complexity of dual-gauge switches    Opposition    Operation and detection    Separate gauge    Platforms    Overlapping gauges    Other methods of handling multiple gauges    Dual gauge dual voltage    Model railways / miniature ridable railways   See also    Notes    External links   

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