Krasnoyarsk small railway

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Krasnoyarsk small railway

Postby Whity » Sun Jul 17, 2011 3:25 pm

Opened August 1, 1936
Overall length: 1.1 km
The length of the main road 816 meters
Track: 508 mm (up to 1961 - 305 mm)
2 stations: Pervomayskaya, Tupikovaya
Rolling Stock: homemade
Facilities: two turntables, Roundhouse
Address: 660021, Krasnoyarsk, Gorky Str, 6



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Re: Krasnoyarsk small railway

Postby railtwister » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:39 am

Hello Whity,

Very interesting! Did any of this survive to the present day? Was it just for private entertainment, or was it used commercially? Do you have any more details and information?

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Re: Krasnoyarsk small railway

Postby Whity » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:12 pm

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Re: Krasnoyarsk small railway

Postby Arseny » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:06 pm

railtwister wrote:Very interesting! Did any of this survive to the present day? Was it just for private entertainment, or was it used commercially? Do you have any more details and information?


Yes, it is really very interesting railroad. It works today, with some modifications.
It is "children's railroad". Although the passengers are to pay for the ticket to travel by this railway, it is not the commercial enterprise, nor private entertainment. It is educational institution, where teenagers learn railway professions. Only children work on that railroads.
The children's railroads belong to RZhD - Russian state railway company, as educational institutes.
There are 25 children's railroads in Russia (and some more in other countries - former Soviet republics and socialist countries).
The Krasnoyarsk railroad was one of the first children's railroads in Russia and in the USSR, and the oldest one in Russia that works today.

Usually the children's railroads use the "standart" 750-mm narrow gauge and standart narrow gauge stuff - rails, locomotives and wagons. But the Krasnoyarsk railroad is unusual - it use 508-mm gauge.
It started in 1936 and at the first time it used 305-mm gauge and self-made steam locomotive in 1:5 scale.
Later, in 1961 it was rebuilt to use 508-mm gauge. The steam locomotive was retired and used as a memorial.
In 2006 the railroad was reconstructed and expanded up to 1.3 km.
The petrol engine locomotive (look at the last photo) survives to the present day.
2 new locomotives were built (rebuilt japan mini-vans :) )

Some more photos:
http://www.dzd-ussr.ru/towns/krasnoyarsk/foto1.html

P.S. The steam locomotives survived to the present day on the children's railways in Kiev (Ukraine), Rostov-on-Don and Nizhniy Novgorod.
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Re: Krasnoyarsk small railway

Postby ConducTTor » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:08 pm

That's cool as hell!
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Re: Krasnoyarsk small railway

Postby Marquette » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:02 pm

I love Pioneer railways ever since I first rode the one in Budapest in 1979!
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