June 14, 2004

Standard gauge

Standard gauge is the term used for any railway where the gap between the rails is 4'8". It is the most common gauge in the UK, most of continental Europe and North America. The big exceptions to the rule are Spain and Russia - with gauges in excess of 5' and Japan where the standard gauge is 3'6". Just to confuse things, Japanese Bullet Trains aka Shinkansen run on standard 4'8" tracks.

There are also many railway around the world that run on narrow gauge tracks which seems to be anything less than standard gauge.

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