Brummell’s Broad-gauge (7ft.)

I caught a cool video on YouTube of a tourist railway in Britain that is using broad gauge engines from what I believe was the Great Western Railway. Anyway, it is really cool! I think 7ft. should have been the ‘standard’ gauge for all the mainline railways in the world. Not 4 ft. 8 in. What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Brummell’s Broad-gauge (7ft.)”

  1. I don’t know anything about the technicality of trains, but trains have always fascinated me.

    There is just something about travelling by train. Even if it is the run of the mill light rail train that takes you from one local town to one that’s 2 or 3 towns away. More convenient than driving there.:)

  2. The first railways were built before there were practical locomotives. They were run as turnpikes for horse-drawn wagons with flanged wheels. (By traveling on a smooth, hard surface, one could move up to four times the weight with the same number of horses.) So it is true that the standard gauge for railroad track (4’8.5″) had some relationship to the standard wheel spacing of horse-drawn carriages.

    People experimented with different track gauges, and in general found that broader gauges were more expensive to build, and weren’t that much better in terms of capacity. (Narrower gauges were found to have their uses, as well.)

    BART, the San Francisco transit system, has a 6′ track gauge. I can’t say that it’s better, but it doubtless more expensive, as many track and rolling stock components have to be made special.

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