Xah Lee's Unixism

Patrick Scheible kkt at drizzle.com
Fri Sep 3 03:57:29 CEST 2004

Alan Balmer <albalmer at att.net> writes:

> The shuttle boosters are 3.7m diameter. Quite a bit larger than the
> gage of any railroad I've ever seen.
> More than you ever wanted to know:
> http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Space%20Shuttle%20Solid%20Rocket%20Booster

More than the track gauge, certainly, but the edges of the train cars
-- and the largest items that can be carried on the train -- hang out
significantly outside the track.  Structure gauge is how much wide
and tall a load can be carried, or the size of the cars.  Even if
there are no bridges or tunnels, you have to be careful of the trains
on the adjoining tracks if you're carrying something overwidth.

3.7 meters is not impossibly large for carrying on a railroad car.
Specifics would depend on the particular route, though.

-- Patrick

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