Track gauge

Track gauge

Track gauge

03/05/17

“How does the width of railroad tracks affect transportation?”
Trains of all shapes and sizes have made affordable and efficient transportation a modern day reality. However, as mechanical devices, these machines are contingent upon multiple components, such as track. So how can we classify the different types of track spacing and their resulting physical effects? Well, let’s use our engineering mindset to figure this out. We know that the geometry of railroad tracks are primarily composed of one flat path and two vertical blocks to encase the wheels. And since the flat paths are variable in nature, the length of them can be different depending on the system being used, therefore a standard measurement system known as a track gauge must be used to distinguish the different types of tracks. The larger the track gauge is, the faster the maximum speed and the easier it is to control at the expense of cost and ease of turn. The standard track gauge is known as standard gauge in the U.S and is measured at 1,435.1 mm (4 feet 8 12 inches)

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