Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Another case against the Horse's Ass Story

In addition to my post below dated June 8th, Truth or Fiction lays out another convincing argument against this prevailing e-mail myth. Mention is made of Mr. Stephenson, but not Mr. Jessup. Both men were significant players in the track gauge drama. The horse was not.


At 9:37 AM, August 14, 2005, Anonymous Track Guy said...

Another truth about gage: The original gage in the US was 5 feet, but measured from the field side of the rail because the flanges on the wheels were on the outside. They quickly learned with wheel flanges on the outside that when dynamic side forces occured (ie wind, centifical etc) the wheel lifted and the train derailed. At the time there was only about 100 miles of track in the country and they decided to move the flange to the inside of the wheel and not regage the 100 miles. The distance between gage lines now became 56-1/2" instead of the 5 foot measurement on the outside. Believe it or not!!


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