Encyclopedia of Russian Narrow Gauge Railways
"But I am not an explorer. I haven't a single explorer on my
planet. It is not the geographer who goes out to count the towns,
the rivers, the mountains, the seas, the oceans, and the
deserts. The geographer is much too important to go loafing
about. He does not leave his desk. But he receives the explorers
in his study. He asks them questions, and he notes down what they
recall of their travels. And if the recollections of any one among
them seem interesting to him, the geographer orders an inquiry
into that explorer's moral character..."
A. de Saint-ExupÍry, "Little Prince"
Encyclopedia "Younger Brother" (EYB) invites you to an
admirable world of Soviet / Russian narrow gauge
railways. This is the most complete online collection of the
articles on the subject, covering history, geography, locomotives,
and rolling stock. You will find descriptions of most of NG
systems, including Children (Pioneer) railways. The site has
articles about 2,220 railways, 12,300 photographs, and ca. 480
In most of the cases, the information at this site is actual as of time of publishing. However, please understand that we cannot physically check every possible fact in the Encyclopedia (see the epigraph), and we encourage our guests to send corrections, suggestions, and comments by e-mail.
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gauge railway enthusiasts, whose names are normally mentioned in the
appropriate places. No materials from this site may be reproduced in
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