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Richard Johnson
post 5 May 2020, 08:46
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*** Simple tools like that are always a great help for initial layout.

Perhaps the better description of those widths may be "Driveway and B road" in the real world though.

In Roman times, 18 feet or so was the norm - 72mm, close to Simons figure

In Tudor times as land became enclosed for the first time, roads built at land boundaries were perhaps 70~100mm wide in 4mm scale, and we often much wider.

In the 1700's a similar width was used for miliraty roads.

Once traffic increased, significantly more width was used to allow regular two-way traffic.

This link is a start for researching the subject.

However.... Model railways do not have too much space. Sometimes a wee bit of conpression may be helpful, and we should remember that the road width can include shoulders and other space betwen boundaries too.

Simons road width will therefore be a useful compromise in many cases as long as its used as the hard surface width, not the "between fences" spacing.

regards, Richard


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