Re: [Z_Scale] Why 4 '8.5"?
- On 2011-01-24 11:37 AM, Bob Knee wrote:
> So what is the explanation that is given most credence?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.