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Author Fowler, Dennis
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract In the early 19th century, there were no standards governing the spacing of railroad tracks. The width of four feet, eight-and-one-half inches was first used on the Stockton-to-Darlington steam railway in 1837 by English engineer George Stephenson, probably because that was the width of horse-drawn tram tracks, which were derived from the width of English cart axles, which, allegedly, fit the ruts left by the wheels of Roman chariots drawn by two horses.
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2009-12-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal netWorker (NTWK)
Volume Number 9
Issue Number 4


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Source: ACM Digital Library