Horses Arses
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The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used?
Well, because that’s the way they built them in England, and English engineers designed the first US railroads.

Why did the English build them like that?
Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the wagon tramways, and that’s the gauge they used.

So, why did ‘they’ use that gauge then?
Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that same 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 more often on some of the old, long distance roads in England . You see, that’s the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads?
Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England ) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.

And what about the ruts in the roads?
Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match or run the risk of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome , they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. Bureaucracies live forever.

So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process and wonder ‘What horse’s ass came up with this?’, you may be exactly right. Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses. (Two horses’ 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 SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah . The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses’ behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature, of what is arguably the world’s most advanced transportation system, was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse’s ass. And you thought being a horse’s ass wasn’t important? Ancient horse’s asses control almost everything and…

CURRENT Horses Asses are controlling everything else.

And how many gauges do we have in Australia?
(3 that I am aware of)
I do recall that railways in NSW or Qld were different to Vic and it made for a logistical nightmare.
In WA the wheat trains run on a narrow gauge and in many place you can see 3 rails, two close to each other and a common rail to accommodate dual gauges.
That in itself proves that horses arses were indeed responsible for this nightmare (which one could argue is also a horse).

NSW and Qld had (have?) different gauges. I remember catching the train from Sydney to Cairns in the '70s. We had to change trains in Brisbane due to the different gauges.

Mick

How many gauges? At least 6. Standard = 4’8 1/2" is the predominantly used gauge in NSW. In Vic they have about 1/3rd standard and 2/3rds broad (5’3"). Tassie uses only narrow (3"6") and Qld uses mostly narrow with some standard, some dual and some very narrow (2’) cane tramways. Northern territory is almost exclusively standard and WA has 3/7ths narrow and 4/7ths standard. What a mess.

Mick

Hey Dog, if you go back through the archives I think you may find that I beat you to that tale, it’s been quite a few years though.

@jmick said in Horses Arses:

We had to change trains in Brisbane due to the different gauges.

IIRC, you used to have to change stations.

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@termite said in Horses Arses:

Hey Dog, if you go back through the archives I think you may find that I beat you to that tale, it’s been quite a few years though.

@termite said in Horses Arses:

Hey Dog, if you go back through the archives I think you may find that I beat you to that tale, it’s been quite a few years though.

Cold be. I can’t remember yesterday.

What happened yesterday?

Thank you all this was a training post to see how many horses asses would reply

Moderators training post Exes Post 1four 3

Post 143? Where is that?

Between post 142 and post 144, it’s the one the dogs prefer to piss on.

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No, I like to piss on them all.

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