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This gallery contains some brief explorations of railways in other parts of the world. I have used a different colour as I make no effort whatsoever to determine operational status of any route and there never will be any other detail in the maps than the lines which have been drawn.

South Wales is the result of a day exploring the area having earlier spent some time researching certain historical topics. It is a token attempt to document some of the extensive railway history. The whole of the UK is fascinating in railway history compared with NZ in that there was very extensive development mostly by private companies in an era when the iron horse was king resulting in a huge scale of line building in large part due to the Industrial Revolution.

Ecuador is of interest for different reasons the large part being the mountainous nature of the terrain resulting in spectacular rail journeys. The greater part of the rail network there unfortunately has been long abandoned with only 100 km out of the total length of almost 1000 km remaining open at the present time. However the government has allocated $250 million for rehabilitation over the next few years. The biggest deterioration must be in the 373 km Northern Section from Quito to Ibarra in which the part that I could map, from examination by photos in the Panaramio layer, showed that in many places the track has simply disappeared. Since this line was only completed in 1957 this represents a massive economic loss considering the huge works needed to build the line. At the moment there is just 43 km of this line opene at the northern end between Ibarra and Primer Paso. One of the characteristics of the Ecuadorian railways is curvatures very sharp by our standards, in some cases radius 50 metres or 3 chains is not uncommon.

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Both of these files help to illustrate how tools such as Google Earth bring the vast distances of the earth closer together. I do not expect to visit either of these locations in my lifetime. It has become possible to explore areas such as these without ever visting them. In the course of my online travels I have been all over the world.


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