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Re: [Z_Scale] Why 4 '8.5"?

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  • W.R.Dixon
    ... A long time ago (1825) or so George Stephenson built the Stockton and Darlington railway. As to choice of gauge he built what he knew. His last work on
    Message 1 of 7 , Jan 24, 2011
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      On 2011-01-24 11:37 AM, Bob Knee wrote:
      > So what is the explanation that is given most credence?
      >
      > Bob

      A long time ago (1825) or so George Stephenson built the Stockton and
      Darlington railway. As to choice of gauge he built what he knew. His
      last work on Colliery Railways was to 4' 8" gauge thus the S&D was built
      to the same gauge.

      When he moved on to the Liverpool and Manchester Railway he built what
      he knew worked; 4' 8". Other builders copied what worked. When thoughts
      of interchange occurred you had to build to the gauge of the railway you
      connected to so the 4' 8" gauge spread.

      If in his colliery days he had worked to a different track gauge,
      standard gauge today might be a different width.

      Bill Dixon
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