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From: Spehro Pefhany
Subject: Re: OT Standard Panel Sizes?
References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <3DF18783.38471AB0@mfi.net>
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Date: Sun, 08 Dec 2002 20:25:02 GMT
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On Sun, 8 Dec 2002 19:28:58 +0000 (UTC), the renowned
email@example.com (Ken Smith) wrote:
>Standards always seem to out live what they relate to. There is a long
>and perhaps true story that ends with the punch line about the distance
>between the rails on a train being based on the width to two horses rear
It goes even further.. the diameter of the Space shuttle's SR booster
rocket is supposedly related to the width of the width of two Roman
horses' rear ends, through ruts in the road and the necessity of
transporting that part of the vehicle by rail from Thiokol in Utah
(IIRC, the middle part comes via barge). North American railway gauge
is 4 ft 8-1/2".
That neat story might lead you to think that worldwide gauges are all
standardized, but of course the wonderful about standards is how many
For example, the trans-Manchurian has to have the wheels swapped
around Ulan Batuur in North-Western China to go from "standard"
gauge (China and Europe) to Russian gauge.
"it's the network..." "The Journey is the reward"
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