One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A railway gauge of 4 ft 81/2 inches (1.435 m), standard in Britain and many other parts of the world.
- ‘In the end flood damage to rails, culverts and bridges and consequently unreliable timetables resulted in the construction of a new standard gauge line in 1956.’
- ‘But the existence of an international standard gauge is a social one, reflecting, among other things, a judgement that the risk of railways being used to assist military invasions is low.’
- ‘Brunel is noted for introducing the broad gauge in place of the standard gauge on this line.’
- ‘He firmly believed the international standard gauge was indispensable to radical improvement of Japanese railways.’
- ‘What economic advantages was it hoped the standard gauge would bring?’
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