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What is it that links a horses backside and the Space Shuttle?

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Gary

PS There is a very interesting article on this subject in the latest Warley Model Railway Club magazine which is a massive 30 pages of very good reading and no adverts and all part of the club membership. Would readers of this magazine please not reveal the answer! There is bound to be somebody here who knows the answer to this trivia question anyway!
 

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If you read the article closely the author starts by saying it is a myth (to capture the reader) and then goes on to suggest that maybe it is not based on the facts of the case!

Basically 2 horses backsides = 1 Space Shuttle fuel rocket.

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What bugs me is the assumption that a chariot's wheels need to be spaced at the width of two horses - why? Two horses use a common shaft between them that attaches to the centre of the chariot / wagon which could be any width. A single horse uses a pair of shafts and might, just, dictate the width of the vehicle but then horses come in all shapes and sizes which vary the height of the shafts and the spacing between them. A device called a swingle tree is often used which allows complete flexibility if need be so the idea that chariots set the gauge of our railways is laughable. What gauge did the ancient greeks use for their tramways around Corinth? And why don't we still use that gauge?


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QUOTE (60134 @ 15 Jul 2007, 12:41) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>60134 (horseman and amateur whip)
I think that the Father of the Forum, HRH The Prince Philip should be petitioned for a ruling on this matter given his expertise with all things horsical...

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A more respectable theory on gauge choice concerns axle length. The accumulated experience at the time of early industrialisation on the maximum length of axle which would perform reliably in service effectively 'set the gauge' of the horse tramways which were converted to steam traction.
 

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QUOTE Where does the "shuttle" come into the equation

To summerise the Space Shuttle fuel tanks were designed to pass through a railway tunnel. The size of the tunnel was determined by the width of two horses backsides as the wheels of the Roman chariot that they hauled were the same distance apart as standard gauge railway lines.

What this means of course is that horses in Ireland and Spain have got fat backsides!

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But what have the Romans ever done for us?

Well...................................

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John
 
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