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This section contains updates on narrow gauge sites (industrial/commercial, not preserved) still operating, or news regarding closures confirmed from recent vists or the railway press. Please feel free to contribute to these pages and ensure a broad cross section of railways and countries are featured. Click on the thumbnail pictures to see a larger picture.

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Terres Rouge


GERMANY:  March 2020
Franfurt am Main, U5 subway line
(Gauge: 900mm)
This project had ben initiated from 2013. It will be a 2.7-kilometer route with four stations planned. The budget is approx 373 million. The main construction work (shell construction of the underground section, including tunnel construction and the Güterplatz station) started at the beginning of 2017. The tunnel boring machine was delivered in spring 2019 and started its journey through the Frankfurt underground in late summer.
It was after this that a 900mm gauge railway was built to assist with contruction. This has been in use since approx October last year. Three ex Stuttgart Schöma 900mm diesel locomotives have been removing the overburden with Dresden built wagons. After assisting with the removal of waste, the railway has been transporting the concrete tunnel segments underground.


A delay due to a problem with the Tunnel Boring Machine has put back the completion date for the tunnel construction, and so the narrow gauge railway will see longer use than originally planned.

With thanks to Stadtbahn Europaviertel Projektbaugesellschaft GmbH for the above photo.

(Posted 03.04.2020 Source: SBEV website and Feldbahn Forum)




 
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