A DISCUSSION POINT

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windsor_lad
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A DISCUSSION POINT

Post by windsor_lad » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:11 pm

Would railway history have been different if the Broad Gauge been adopted as standard throughout the UK railway system?

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Re: A DISCUSSION POINT

Post by pdeaves » Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:28 pm

Yes.

The immediate obvious difference would have been a programme of bridge and tunnel enlargements in the non-broad gauge areas lasting many, many years. As it's easier to make a broad gauge line narrower than a narrow one broader then I would expect that big companies such as the North Eastern would have dragged their heels and possibly got some sort of exemption, perhaps bringing us back to the system we have today, just taking longer to settle down!

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