I am wondering if there are any railroads in Antarctica. Maybe on research stations, even those shorter than 1km?

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    As far as I'm aware, there aren't. But could you clarify how this question is related to travel, in the sense described in the help centre? Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 21:20
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    I don't see why this question is off-topic. Perhaps it could have been worded better, but I am seeing an implied question of "I want to ride trains around the world. Are there any trains in Antarctica that I might be able to ride?" in there. Perhaps the question could be reworded as such and get reopened. It's a really interesting question and one I never actually considered! Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 0:39
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    This is a fascinating question and if it's off topic then we need to change the list of topics.
    – user4188
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 5:10
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    This would make a great example question for the Railways & Railroads proposal: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/94245/railways-railroads
    – Nick C
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 10:58

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There are very few mentions of railways in Antarctica. According to this webpage by Glyn Williams, a train enthusiast, there used to be one railway in the French Dumont d'Urville station, used on a very short distance to transport supplies.

On the same page and on some others, there are mentions of multiple places in the far South with former railways. For example, we can see pictures of an abandoned locomotive on the South Georgia island from a very well documented website:

abandoned loco on South Georgia island

Interestingly, the carrying of the supplies on the continent is assured by long convoys that really look like trains (on snow). You can check out this video or that website:

sled trains

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    I don't know whether running rails up the jetty really counts...
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 22:30
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    @RoryAlsop why wouldn't it? The OP specified that short lines were acceptable. Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 2:51
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    +1, this works for me. I'd be interested in knowing if any remnants were still visible.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 3:10
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    By the way, the man Dumont d'Urville after whom the station in Antarctica is named, died in a train accident in France, Europe. Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 11:44
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    Judging by this photo, I think it might be the passage that goes through the rocky formation, but it's possible that it's onlt a walkway. It seems that most of the hauling is done by truck. centrescientifique.mc/medias/images/content/000DSC_8773R.jpg
    – JS Lavertu
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 17:37

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