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Train Nerd Trivia-isms

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by Dryfa...King, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. Dryfa...King

    Dryfa...King Member

    Joined: Oct 26, 2004 Messages: 286 Likes Received: 0
    Random fact I thought you fellow freight geeks might find interesting. So why are train rails spaced 4 ft 8 1/2 inches apart? Random number. I found out that they're build to these measurements because the English immigrants that built them, built them to their same specifications in Europe...so why the same #'s in Europe? They build the old rails over the handcart roads that were 4 ft 8 1/2. They had to build the handcart wheel width to those #'s beacause that was the only width that would allow them to ride inside the ruts. These ruts were formed by the roman charriot wheels on the old Roman roads formed by the empire. So why were the old roman charriot's built to 4 ft 8 1/2? it was the size of 2 horse's asses side by side. So in a nutshell our train rails our the width of two horses asses. Funny how history trickles down.
     
  2. CACashRefund

    CACashRefund 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 14,171 Likes Received: 272
    Did you know that 99.9% of new threads in the third rail are locked with the hour because they are shit?
     
  3. yeaaaah baby

    yeaaaah baby Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 8, 2004 Messages: 3,366 Likes Received: 150
    hah thats a cool fact. my question to you train nerds: what are the dimensions of those autorack cars?
     
  4. Abracadabra

    Abracadabra Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Dec 28, 2001 Messages: 22,906 Likes Received: 113
    today i'll be nice and just move it to the correct section. hopefully the train nerds get a kick out of it. enjoy
     
  5. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 233
    there was a much larger, indepth posting of this fact a few years ago. i've always wanted to find it again but have been unable to. hmmmm.
     
  6. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 233
    and, just to take things one step further, the size of the engines used on the space shuttle are dictatated by the fact that they have to travel by train from the manufacturer to the launch site, which means they have to fit on the train cars and go through the tunnels. sooooooo, the engine size of a spaceship was set some thousands of years ago by a horses ass.
    woo haa.
     
  7. Hermdog

    Hermdog Elite Member

    Joined: Nov 6, 2003 Messages: 4,504 Likes Received: 9
    I thought it had something to do with Physics
     
  8. ghostvandal

    ghostvandal Senior Member

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    i obviously knew about the 2 asses width fact, since im canadian :jestor: and not an ignorant american :dazed: , but nice fact seeking, about the space shuttle engine.
     
  9. PHYNE

    PHYNE Guest


    100 feet long by i think 25 high :(
     
  10. krowteN

    krowteN Member

    Joined: Jan 26, 2002 Messages: 480 Likes Received: 0
    anybody calling themselvs a train nerd knew that. also known as the standard gauage track, used by all freight passenger and commuter rails in North America.

    now whos the nerd!
     
  11. ASER1NE

    ASER1NE Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 15, 2001 Messages: 7,577 Likes Received: 2
    Im thinking Space shuttle engines are now shipped via custom big rigs . but W/E
     
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