Gauge this for yourself!

Railroad  tracks.
The  US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) istrainsTrain.calcot.grange.750pix
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 English expatriates designed the US  railroads.

Why  did the English 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 had used
for building wagons, which used that wheel  spacing.

Why  did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?
Well,  if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would
break on some of the old, long distance roads in England ,  because
that’s the spacing of the wheel  ruts.

So  who built those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome built the
first long distance roads in Europe (including England ) for  their
legions. Those roads have been used ever  since.

And  the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed thechariot
initial  ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying
their wagon  wheels.

Since  the chariots were made for Imperial Rome , they were all
alike  in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore the United States
standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from  the
original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.
Bureaucracies live  forever.

So  the next time you are handed a
specification/procedure/process  and wonder ‘What horse’s arse came up
with this?’ , you may be  exactly right. Imperial Roman army chariots
were made just  wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war
horses.  (Two horses’  arse’s.)
Now,  the twist to the  story:

When  you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there
are  two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel
tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are  made by
Thiokol at their factory in  Utah
The engineers  who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make
them a bit  fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the
factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory  happens
to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs  had to fit
through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider  than the railroad
track, and the railroad track, as you now  know, is about as wide as
two horses’  behinds.
So,  a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably
the  world’s most advanced transportation system was determined  over
two thousand years ago by the width of a horse’s arse.  And you thought
being a horse’s arse wasn’t important? Ancient  horse’s arse’s control
almost  everything…

and CURRENT  Horse’s Arse’s in Brussels, Washington and London are controlling
everything else! Probably here too on little PEI!!!!!

I do hope this has been helpful  !!

God Bless and keep reading

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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