The Change of Gauge at Gloucester

The Change of Gauge at Gloucester Source: the 1849 Illustrated London News. . Source: the 1849 Illustrated London News. This illustration, one in a series of articles about the Royal Family’s railway trip to Scotland, depicts the change of trains necessitated by the early lack of a universal standard track gauge (or distance between rails) in Victorian Britain. American railroads occasionally required such change of trains, too, but for different reasons: although American railroads used so-called standard gauge track, specialized railroads, such as those built for lumbering and mining operations, often used a narrower 30-inch gauge and smaller engines and cars, which were less expensive to buy and operate. A few small railroads in Maine used the even smaller 24-inch gauge well into the twentieth century. — George P. Landow [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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“Return of the Court from the Highlands.” The Illustrated London News 15 (6 October 1849): 236. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 30 November 2015.

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