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Broad Gauge has a better ride more comfortable. Where I live now all narrow Gauge. More versatile as freights and passenger trains  can run on without too many delays. We have dual gauge from Brisbane but that’s only down to Sydney that’s a diesel electric passenger service. All stops,  the XPT they call it. 

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I rode the Virginia & Truckee Railroad out of Virginia City, NV a few years ago.  Maybe 4 mile round trip history lesson of the Silver mining days.  Well worth the ticket. Interesting enough the Virginia City to Carson City track (21 mile) was Standard Gauge but the Virginia & Colorado Railroad was Narrow Gauge serving mining areas to the south. The engine house in Carson City is now a train museum. Well worth the ticket also if you like trains.

 

 

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Just to make things clear - This thread is about full-size railway trains ... not toy trains

 

Gauge is the distance between the inside edges of the rails

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A standard-gauge railway is a railway with a track gauge of 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in). The standard gauge is also called Stephenson gauge after George Stephenson, International gauge, UIC gauge, uniform gauge, normal gauge and European gauge in the EU and Russia. It is the most widely used railway track gauge across the world, with approximately 55% of the lines in the world using it. All high-speed rail lines use standard gauge except those in Russia, Finland, Portugal and Uzbekistan.

The use of standard gauge makes it possible for "rolling stock" to be made for one country and still be used in another country.

 

Here is an interesting chart denoting various track gauges

 

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