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An NICTD EMU street-running on Michigan City’s 11th Street; United States, in 2009
An NICTD EMU street-running on Michigan City’s 11th Street; United States, in 2009

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.

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Afghanistan

Argentina

Salto Grande Bridge over the dam
Salto Grande Bridge over the dam

Australia

A passenger train running down the centre of Ellen Street, Port Pirie in 1940
A passenger train running down the centre of Ellen Street, Port Pirie in 1940

Austria

A WLB freight train in Guntramsdorf
A WLB freight train in Guntramsdorf

Belgium

Brazil

Cambodia

Canada

Notable examples in Canada include:[5]

Costa Rica

Passenger and freight trains on narrow gauge through narrow streets.

The rail network is recovering after many years of neglect. There are also new trains, and more level crossing security. Despite this, the trains are honking a lot.

Croatia

Cuba

Czech Republic

Germany

For tramways the legal separation of a street running trackbed and an exclusive trackbed in urban traffic is given in § 16 BOStrab tramway regulations. Germany has some street-running railways:

A "Mollibahn" train running through Bad Doberan, Germany
A "Mollibahn" train running through Bad Doberan, Germany

Greece

Hungary

India

A Darjeeling Himalayan Railway running through the street in Darjeeling
A Darjeeling Himalayan Railway running through the street in Darjeeling

Indonesia

Ireland

Italy

Japan

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:

Examples classified legally as tramways - but using heavy rail vehicles and often inter-operating with full-size railways - are listed below.

Laos

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Street running in Kawakawa
Street running in Kawakawa

Peru

Philippines

Portugal

Av. Emídio Navarro with Ramal da Lousã track, in Coimbra, Portugal (2007)
Av. Emídio Navarro with Ramal da Lousã track, in Coimbra, Portugal (2007)

Serbia

South Africa

Spain

Switzerland

A Berninabahn train crossing the main square in Tirano
A Berninabahn train crossing the main square in Tirano

Swiss law does not distinguish between trams and railways, making the distinction between street running by trams and that by railways legally indistinct.

Thailand

Tunisia

United Kingdom

The combined road and rail swing bridge at Preston Marina
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:

United States

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Entries marked with a ∆ denote instances where a railroad is laid alongside a road or in the median of a divided roadway rather than embedded in the road surface. ☆ = in use as far as known.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Tourist train on Beach St. in Santa Cruz
Tourist train on Beach St. in Santa Cruz

Colorado

Florida

All places freight trains only, except Tavares.

Georgia

All places freight trains only.

Illinois

Indiana

This rail line is being moved as of February 27, 2022. The stretch of track running down 11th. Street will be doubled and the grade-separated.[31]

The South Shore Line formerly ran on 10th and 11th streets in Michigan City, Indiana
The South Shore Line formerly ran on 10th and 11th streets in Michigan City, Indiana


Iowa

Freight trains only.

Kansas

Freight trains only.

Kentucky

Freight trains only.

Louisiana

Freight trains only.

Maine

Freight trains only.

Maryland

Freight trains only.

And a side-branch/side-line in E 5th. St. between N East St. and Pine Ave. Formerly part of the Old Main Line Subdivision of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and later the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad and Frederick and Pennsylvania Line.

Massachusetts

Minnesota

Freight trains only.

Mississippi

Freight trains only.

Missouri

Freight trains only.

Nebraska

Freight trains only.

New Jersey

Freight trains only.

New York

All places freight trains only, except Buffalo.

North Carolina

All places freight trains only.

Former

Ohio

Freight trains only.

Oklahoma

Freight trains only.

Oregon

All places freight trains only, except Beaverton.

Pennsylvania

All places freight trains only.

Rhode Island

Freight trains only.

Tennessee

Freight trains only.

Texas

All places freight trains only, except Austin, and partly Houston.

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.[51]

Utah

Only former freight trains.

Virginia

Freight trains only, except in Ashland.

Washington

Freight trains only, except in Yakima.

West Virginia

Freight trains only.

Wisconsin

All places freight trains only.

Uzbekistan

The Afghanistan–Uzbekistan Friendship Bridge
The Afghanistan–Uzbekistan Friendship Bridge

Vietnam

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Street running railroad on Perry Street in Bundaberg, Queensland 24°51′35″S 152°20′28″E / 24.85974°S 152.34102°E / -24.85974; 152.34102
  2. ^ Street running railroad on Denison Street in Rockhampton, Queensland 23°22′35″S 150°30′26″E / 23.376492°S 150.507336°E / -23.376492; 150.507336
  3. ^ Image here
  4. ^ "map".
  5. ^ "map".

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  3. ^ North Coast Line Infrastructure Railway Digest August 1996 page 11
  4. ^ Still standing… Track & Signal November 2012 page 77
  5. ^ Trains Magazine, Vol. 68, Issue 4 (April 2008) (pages 22-31)
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  12. ^ Street Running Line in Madiun, archived from the original on 2021-12-19, retrieved 2021-03-19
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  16. ^ Tren del Ciment.
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  35. ^ Street Running with the Pioneer Valley Railroad. atholfam. 7 May 2012 – via Youtube.
  36. ^ http://www.tbnewswatch.com, 25 oct.2019," Clock ticks down as Fort Frances........"
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  39. ^ Google streetview/maps/You Tube
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  41. ^ "Street Running in Elizabeth, PA".
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  53. ^ Street running in Hanoi