posted on May, 31 2015 @ 05:40 AM
a reply to: pheonix358
Sorry Pheonix, but that's not true.
It's an urban legend unfortunately.
Early rail systems were developed in Wales UK, to help extract coal / ore from mines.
These were improved over time, and extended out to the nearest navigable waterways to ship the coal/ores.
This system was replicated (locally) throughout the UK, but mostly in narrow (by modern standards) gauges that suited the local needs (no
consideration was given to linking these up at all).
It was much later when Stephenson built the first practical steam driven engines that a wider gauge was used, and this was adapted on the
Manchester-Liverpool line, which was the first "inter-city" railway (I think!! LOL)
There are still MANY different gauges used today all over the world.
Oh, and the standard US gauge doesn't even match the gauge of roman chariots anyway!! LOL
How do these urban legends begin I wonder??? weird.
PS - Forgot to say that I WISH it was true!!! Sounds like it should be!! LOL
edit on 31-5-2015 by Gordi The Drummer because: I wanted to add a