Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Adjustable track

Adelaide's metropolitan trains run on rails that are 1600mm ( 5ft 3in) apart. This broad gauge was adopted by South Australia in 1856 when the first line was built between the City and Port Adelaide.

When our trains are changed to electric in a few years time, they will run on standard gauge track; 1435mm (4 ft 8+12 in)

The new track that is currently being laid on the suburban network is adjustable; notice the second set of mounts. The line will be moved across and clipped into place ready for the new rolling stock.

1 comment:

Donna said...

Great information! They DO look a bit wide!hughugs