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    Cape Gauge was used in many countries throughout the world. It has been identified primarily with the Cape Colony in South Africa but was used first in the UK on a variety of tramways. Later its use extended into a number of countries in the Far East including New Zealand, Indonesia and in particular Japan.

    Cape Gauge was chosen as the 'standard gauge' in Japan. This post provides an introduction to the historic railways of Japan. The story includes a variety of different gauges. The use of different gauges seems at least as complex as the situation in the UK.


    https://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/0...ory-cape-gauge

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    Have been enjoying your railway histories.
    This looks like a continuation of interesting facts.

    Any chance you will touch on "KUBIKI LIGHT RAILWAY" history / information? I have several TOMA Nn3 models that I picked up in an auction but have not been able to find out much about them. Not even sure if it is modeled on an actual prototype or not. Could just be a translation issue.
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    Actually, the use of 'cape gauge' in Queensland, Australia in government use, predates it's adoption by the South African government railways. We have quite a few states with extensive networks but some networks, particularly in South Australia have been standard gauged. One location, Gladstone, South Australia, had triple gauge yards.

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