A street running train is a train which runs on a track built on public streets. The rails are embedded in the roadway, and the train shares the street with other users, such as pedestrians, cars and cyclists, thus often being referred to as running in mixed traffic or sharing the road with trains. For safety, street running trains travel more slowly than trains on dedicated rights-of-way.
Stations may appear similar in style to a tram stop, but often lack platforms, pedestrian islands, or other amenities. In some cases, passengers may be required to wait on a distant sidewalk, and then board or disembark by crossing the traffic.
Linz: on the old Donau bridge at Linz. And in the Reindlstrasse on the same line. Abandoned together with the old bridge.
Weiz Stadt: passenger and freight trains through the street, beside the road, on free track. In the past ran only freight trains, and was the track shorter, and in the middle of the road.(Kapruner Generator Strasse.)
Alem Paraiba: R.Cel.Oscar Cortes, and R.Francisco Basillio da Costa - R.Cap.Medeiros de Rezende - R.Dr.Tavares - R.Capito Mendes- R.Barao de Guararema - R.Visc.do Rio Branco. About two km (1.2 mi). No regular passengertrains. Not in use.
Ontario Street (removed) (to the disappeared car factory) (continues to Louisa St.) (diagonal between the houses) (former track partly still visible from the air)
Louisa Street (From just east of Thomas Street to Catherine Street, Canadian National Railway, originally Niagara St.Catharines Toronto Railway. Electric interurban.(branch from Port Dalhousie-west) (until 1959) removed, continues to Welland Avenue below)
Welland Avenue (From Francis Street to Balfour Street, removed)(continues to Niagara St.)
Raymond Street (depot only)
Niagara Street (continues to Facer St.)
Facer Street (branch to Niagara~on~the~Lake)
Electric interurban network to Port Dalhousie-west, Port Dalhousie-east, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Colborne, and Niagara Falls. All tracks on the streets are removed in all places, except(?) Pine Street in Thorold. Freight trains with diesel engines on the streets only from 1959 to the closing in about 2005.
St. Catharines was the center of the Niagara St. Catharines Toronto Railway.
Caroline Street (from Erb Street West to Allen Street West, (CP Rail) tracks removed in 1994. Later reinstalled for ION light rail, in service again as of 2019)(the lightrail follows a different route) The former railway is now a trail - path. (To the south)
Pine Street. To the factory under St. David Street West. Abandoned, but partly still in place. (2020)
Townhill Road East. Abandoned. Was still in place, but now not any more. Tracks at the paper factory in Merrit Street still in place in 2020. Abandoned. Trillium Railway. Originally Niagara St. Catharines Toronto Railway. Electric interurban. (until 1959)
Freight trains using the infrastructure of Rhein-Sieg-Verkehrsgesellschaft to the company Evonik in Niederkassel-Lülsdorf passing the village Sieglar (next to Troisdorf) are running inside the Pastor-Böhm-Straße.
Loutraki : narrow gauge on the street. "Temporary" out of service.
A section of service track of the H8/H9 BHÉV lines on Kerepesi Road in Budapest was rebuilt as street running in order to allow metro replacement buses to use the path to avoid traffic jams. The railway is only used by maintenance trains, mainly at night. Buses also only operate occasionally.
The only operational road-railway bridge in Hungary where street running happens is at Kisköre on the Tisza. Here, the non-electrified single-track railway carrying the branch line 102 of MÁV runs on the same path as local car traffic. The bridge is closed for road vehicles when trains pass.
A Darjeeling Himalayan Railway running through the street in Darjeeling
Gwalior : the narrow gauge railway between Gwalior and Sheopur runs on the middle of the road for approximately 200 meters.
Java : Indonesia used to have an extensive "steam tramways" (more accurately defined as local railways) network, which had many street running sections in various towns and cities in Java. Two sections remain in use in 2021: part of the Wonogiri branch runs along the Slamet Riyadi street in Surakarta, and a short branch to an oil depot in Madiun. The first line is now used for passenger service (including an occasional steam-hauled tourist train), while the latter line is exclusively for petrol freight.
In addition, there were and are many sugar cane narrow gauge lines on Java, and they sometimes also run on or next to the street. A large network is still active, especially around Semboro. The networks of Semboro and Jatiroto are interconnected.
Dublin: Freight trains to and from the docks at Dublin share the Alexandra road with cars.
Cork : In Cork, there have been street railways and tramways in the central area of the city, and the Cork and Muskerry Light Railway also had street lines running through the western suburbs, later shared with trams.
Japanese law distinguishes between tramways and railways, but light rail does not exist as a separate category. For instance, the Toyama Light Rail line - with extensive street trackage - is legally a railway but uses low-floor light rail vehicles. Only operations with 'heavy rail' vehicles are listed here. Examples under the jurisdiction of Japan's Railway Law include:
Keifuku Electric Railroad (Like the above Keihan lines, Keifuku uses high-profile railway-style vehicles and only includes short sections of street trackage; however the entire network is classified as a tramway.)
Fukui Railway (Operated as a single line, formerly with heavy rail stock, but street running section is legally a tramway.)
Nagoya Railroad's 600V network in Gifu (Abandoned in 2005, this network of street tramways inter-operated with interurban lines - such as the Minomachi, Tagami, Ibi and Tanigumi lines - that were classified as railways and used large, high-floor vehicles. The Minomachi and Tagami lines included short sections of street trackage classified as tramways.)
Niigata Kotsu Railway Line (This interurban line, abandoned in 1999, included a short street running section - legally a tramway - near its Niigata terminus.)
Av. Emídio Navarro with Ramal da Lousã track, in Coimbra, Portugal (2007)
Coimbra : An 800-metre (2,600 ft) single-track segment of Ramal da Lousã runs along Emídio Navarro Avenue, immediately southeast of the Coimbra-City station; closed “provisionally” in 2004, track scheduled to be lifted upon total closure of the spur line from Coimbra-B.[d]
Lisbon : A series of short single track segments along Brasília Avenue / India Avenue in riverside southwest Lisbon, links Linha de Cintura with Linha de Cascais and with cargo tracks associated with the harbour. It carries freight traffic only, mostly at night.[e]
Novi Sad : In 1999, Žeželj Bridge, a railway and road bridge in Novi Sad (with separated traffic) was destroyed during NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. As a temporary replacement, a street running Road-Railway Bridge was constructed in 2000. It remained actively used up to 2018, when the new Žeželj Bridge opened, and the dismantling of the temporary bridge began in October that year.
Rača Bridge shared the carriageway with road traffic until 2010, when a dedicated road bridge was built next to it.
On the Orlovat Bridge, a single railway track shares the 2 lane road carriageway.
Fauresmith : in 2021 are still rails visible in the road in Voortrekker Road. Abandoned in 2001, buy the line is still present. Except the connection in Springfontein.
Durban, Maydon Wharf(Harbour)(partly abandoned) :
Maydon Wharf Street. Several tracks. Mainline through this area. Formerly also connected in the north.
Methven Road. Buffer for train in the middle of the road.
partly in Shadwell Road.
Canal Road - Fish Wharf Street.
La Pobla de Lillet : a narrow gauge railroad run on narrow streets. Industrial railway from 1905 until 1970. Re-opening for tourists in 2005. 35 km (22 mi)., 600 mm.
Zürich : 1,000-tonne (980-long-ton; 1,100-short-ton) grain trains make up to 4 journeys a day between Bahnhof Hardbrücke and the Swissmill Tower on Sihlquai, following a 2-kilometre (1.2 mi) route along Zahnradstrasse, Hardstrasse and Zöllystrasse, including a tram crossing. The driver controls traffic lights manually.
At Schinznach runs a 600mm. narrow gauge rail in/on/through a garden-center. With steam engines. Even drive through a greenhouse ! Unique in the world.
The combined road and rail swing bridge at Preston Marina
Street running railways have been much rarer in the United Kingdom than elsewhere. This is due to 19th-century laws requiring railways to be enclosed by fences, which had the consequence that railways could not be built along existing roads and had to use their own rights of way. In cases where street running was unavoidable, the roads were often legally treated as level crossings with trains and road vehicles not permitted to use them at the same time. Some examples are:
Weymouth: The most notable street running track was the Weymouth Harbour Tramway (despite the name, it was never used for trams and was a heavy-rail route); however this ended service to regular traffic since 1987, and to all traffic since 1999, with track removal starting in 2020.
Trafford Park: A freight-only street-running railway network was through Trafford Park; only one section alongside Barton Dock Road has seen use in recent years.[when?] This branch is abandoned and partially removed.
Preston: The heritageRibble Steam Railway runs across a swing bridge at the entrance to Preston Marina. The bridge is used by both road and rail traffic, but closed by barriers to road traffic when a train is crossing.
The Alaska Railroad bridge over the Chena River, located on Fort Wainwright, was previously shared by rail and road traffic. The U.S. Army eventually installed a new road bridge at a crossing downriver from the rail bridge and rerouted the roads accordingly.
From 1912 until April 2000, trains operated approximately 1.25 miles (2 km) down Ninth Street, one of the major arteries of the city. The tracks were built by the Tidewater Southern Railway and later operated by the Union Pacific. Once this line was electric. The line was controversial and the city tried to have them removed for decades. However, a short side-section along B Street from Ninth Street to Twelfth Street remains in active use ☆.
Providence and Worcester Railroad Service to the northernmost piers of the Port of Providence and numerous sidings via Allens Ave. from the Harbor Branch. Tracks in situ, currently(?) classed as "Out of Service" by FRA rules.
The tracks on Jones Ave and Emma Koehler were part of the electric railway known as the Texas Transportation Company which ran here and primarily served the Pearl Brewery with antique electric engines from 1917 and 1907. The railway was abandoned in 2001 when the brewery was redeveloped. Both engines have been preserved, along with some track behind the Samuel's Glass Company building. Short sections of track have been re-laid in Emma Koehler, but not in their original positions.
Division Street (WC, this section the Wisconsin Central mainline ran down Division Street along people's front yards, considered a bottleneck, the tracks were abandoned in 1996, and were removed later. Trains now run down Broad Street a few blocks east. The track there is owned currently by CN)