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Billy the Bus BS: Railways & a horses ass (35) RE: BS: Railways & a horses ass 12 Jul 04


G'day,

'Tis odd where Mudcat threads lead my lonely brain-cell. This one has given me a few giggles - I've always been intrigued as to why the oddball measurement of 4'8" became 'standard gauge'. I'd never though of relating it to the width of a horse's arse - howsomever... Is the horse a Welsh pit pony or a Clydesdale? (Or an ASS?)

Mumble.... I'm now going to thread-creep below the horse's 'ass' and get a kick out of getting my rocks off in Canada - if I gauge it right, left and centre....

CPR - crosses the Rockies at Kicking Horse Pass - I assume on 'standard gauge'. The pass was named for an incident involving a Scots geologist/doctor James Hector.

James later became the first head of New Zealand's Geological Survey - and surveyed a number of railway routes - 3'6" 'narrow gauge'...

Anyway....

Cheers - Sam - Stewart Island (NZ)


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