This chart shows the Railway Track Gauges by Country.
Track gauge is the spacing of the rails on a railway track and is measured between the inner faces of the load-bearing rails.All vehicles on a network must have running gear that is compatible with the track gauge, and in the earliest days of railways the selection of a proposed railway's gauge was a key issue.A gauge is measured between the inner faces of the rails.
The four typical types of gauges are: broad, standard, narrow, and dual.Some 60% of the world's railways use the standard gauge of 1.4 m (4.7 ft). Gauges vary by country and sometimes within countries. The choice of gauge during initial construction was mainly in response to local conditions and the intent of the builder. Narrow-gauge railways were cheaper to build and could negotiate sharper curves, broad-gauge railways gave greater stability and permitted higher speeds. Standard-gauge railways were a compromise between narrow and broad gauges.
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