QUOTE: Originally posted by gvdobler
I saw this in a local garden railway newsletter with no author named.
And the ruts in the roads?
Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the manner of wheel spacing. The United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot and bureaucracies live forever.