# Is there an abelian cat of topological groups?

There are lots of reasons why the category of topological abelian groups (i.e. internal abelian groups in $\bf Top$) is not an abelian category. So i'm wondering:

Is there a "suitably well behaved" subcategory of $\bf Top$, say $\bf T$, such that $\bf Ab(T)$ is an abelian category?

My first guess was to look for well behaved topological spaces (locally compact Hausdorff, compactly generated Hausdorff, and so on...) Googling a little shows me that compactly generated topological groups are well known animals, but the web seems to lack of a more categorical point of view.

The category of internal abelian groups in a Barr-exact category is automatically an abelian category, so it is enough to find a Barr-exact subcategory of $\textbf{Top}$. – Zhen Lin Mar 31 '12 at 11:42