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Bill H

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Steam in Beirut
« on: December 11, 2016, 04:44:20 PM »
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Ran across this in Beirut, don't have any information but thought it worth sharing.

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Re: Steam in Beirut
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2016, 07:47:52 PM »
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Wow, very cool. Probably French would be my guess?
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Re: Steam in Beirut
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2016, 07:20:45 PM »
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Loco on the left is standard gauge 0-8-0 built by Cail of Paris in 1906.

Loco on right is 1.05m gauge 0-8-2T Abt rack tank built of SLM of Switzerland in the same year.

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Re: Steam in Beirut
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2016, 12:58:14 AM »
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1.05 meter?  Where did they come up with that one? 

Or was it originally supposed to be British 42 inch, which should be 1.067m, and the French rounded it down?
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Re: Steam in Beirut
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2016, 07:52:56 PM »
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1.05m was known as the Ottoman gauge - it was also used on the infamous 1300km Damascus to Hedjaz Railway.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hejaz_Railway

Can't seem to find anything on the origins of the gauge though.

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Re: Steam in Beirut
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2016, 12:55:55 AM »
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Interesting, and not British.  I would have thought the Germans would have used meter gauge.  Maybe 1.05 meters was a round number in some Arabic measurement?
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