Railroad tracks. They really are fascinating.
Be sure to read the final paragraph; your understanding of it will depend on the earlier part of this article.
Why was that gauge used? Because that is the way they built them in
So why did the English build them like that? Because the same people built the first rail lines, who built the pre-railroad tramways and that is 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.
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
So who built those old rutted roads? Imperial
In addition, the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed the 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 alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore, the
So the next time you are handed a specification/ procedure/process and wonder ‘What horse’s ass came up with it?’, your question may be closer to the truth than you imagine. Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two warhorses (or two horse’s asses). 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 Thiokol at their factory in
So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world’s most advanced transportation system was determined over 2,000 years ago by the width of a horse’s ass. Moreover, you thought being a horse’s ass was not important. Ancient horse’s asses control almost everything... and of course, contemporary horse’s asses are controlling everything else.
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