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The US Standard railroad gauge
(distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used?
Because that's the way they built them in England, and the US railroads were built by English expatriates. Why
did the English people build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built
the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.
Why did "they" use that gauge then? Because the
people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that
wheel spacing. Okay! Why did the wagons use that odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other
spacing the wagons would break on some of the old, long distance roads, because that's the spacing of the old
So who built these old rutted roads? The first long distance roads in Europe were built by Imperial Rome for the
benefit of their legions. The roads have been used ever since. And the ruts? The initial ruts, which everyone
else had to match for fear of destroying their wagons, were first made by Roman war chariots. Since the chariots
were made for or by Imperial Rome they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.
Thus, we have the
answer to the original questions. The United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches derives from
the original specification for an Imperial Roman army war chariot. Specs and Bureaucracies live forever. So, the
next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse's rear-end came up with it, you may be exactly
right. Because the Imperial Roman chariots were made to be just wide enough to accommodate the back-ends of two
...from the Davar.net web site
Here's a counter to that explanation, provided by RF Cafe visitor Bob P:
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