Metre gauge

Metre gauge
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Metre gauge refers to narrow gauge railways and tramways with a track gauge of 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in). In some African, American and Asian countries it is the main gauge. In Europe it has been used for local railways in France, Germany, and Belgium, most of which were closed down in mid 20th century. Only in Switzerland and northern Spain do huge metre gauge networks remain in continuous use. Also, many European urban trams run on metre gauge. With the revival of urban rail transport, in some cities metre gauge light metros were established, while in other cities metre gauge was replaced by standard gauge.


Present metre gauge railroad and tram systems


South-east Asia

  • Vietnam and joined
    • Yunnan–Vietnam Railway
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand (long haul-train)
  • Burma. Except for about 100 miles (160 km) of hill railway, the 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of Burmese railways is metre gauge.

South Asia

  • Bangladesh - 1,830 km (1,140 mi) (mostly in the central and eastern regions) and 365 km (227 mi) are dual gauge with 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Indian gauge.
  • India - 9,000 km (5,600 mi) in 2011. The length was 24,158 km (15,011 mi) in 1951 rising to about 30,000 km (19,000 mi) in 1991 and has decreased considerably since then as metre gauge is being converted to Indian gauge of 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) under Project Unigauge. The length is planned to decrease more in the next few years.



Eastern Africa

Northern Africa

Western Africa





  • Tram of Sofia Tramway

Czech Republic






  • Peloponnese (formerly SPAP) network







  • Trams of Arad
  • Trams of Iaşi



  • Tram of Beograd


  • Tram of Bratislava
  • Tatra Electric Railways (Tatranské elektrické železnice)
  • Children's Railway, Košice (Detská železnica, Košice)




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