Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, July 13, 2018

Because It's Friday

The day they changed the gauge of all Southern railroads:

Though things were more efficient after the change of gauge, the railroads kept the savings.

That, in point of fact was one of the reasons why people in the early-mid 20th Century greeted the laying of highways with open arms. In the Plains states, where there usually was only one railroad serving an area, the pricing for both passengers and freight would, these days, be viewed as predatory. Few looked upon the subsequent collapse of local rail service with anything other than quiet satisfaction.


Borepatch said...

I hadn't heard that, and 36 hours is incredibly fast.

IIRC, Stalin kept the USSR railroad gauge different from western Europe's to make invasion harder. Or so I've heard.

Neal Birch said...

The way I heard it, one of the Czars, Nicholas I, started it off and it was to prevent rolling stock (cars and engines) from leaving the country. Or you could believe the OTHER story, which was he told the engineers to make the gauge wider than the European standard by the width of his private parts, which dimension I will leave to the student to determine.

As to wartime railroad use, the first thing a retreating (or invading) force does is rip up the rails. Historically anyway.