Algus Otsing Kaart
Narrow-gauge railway
The first narrow-gauge railway in Estonia was opened in 5th of October 1896 between Pärnu and Valga. In 1897 the railway reached Viljandi and in 1900 Tallinn. The supply railway was owned by the private company. In 1923 the supply railway was nationalized. After that it was joined with the Estonian Railway in 1926. Estonia developed its narrow-gauge railway network as an important economy factor: in 1939 its total lenght was 909 km. In 1913 there was started a construction of naval fortress railways network both on islands of West-Estonia and Tallinn area. The network was not completely finished until the most lines were closed in 1920. Liiva-Vääna line was given to Estonian Railway and the networks on Paljassaar, Naissaar and Aegna went in the hands of Estonian military forces. Although World War II hindered the development of the narrow track, the worst obstruction was a Soviet occupation which saw the structure of the narrow-gauge railway unsuitable to its ideology and military plans. This lead to the disposal and dismantling of the narrow-gauge state railway network between 1959 and 1975. Today in Estonia there are only some operating peat-industrial railways.  
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