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Title Railroad Standardization
Description Railroad Gauges, Standardization of
In the United States, to protect their area of service, each railroads used their own rail gauges (the distance between the two rails of the railroad track) to prevent competitors from using another's rail. By 1840 there were over 300 RR companies, and tracks varied from 4 feet 8.5 inches (1.4 meters) to 6 feet (1.8 meters).
This same issue had plagued Europe, but was resolved in 1846 by the British Parliament.
The completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 forced rail standardization in the U.S.
.....Rail Yard Background
....Two sections of rail of two different gauge width
.....Having extra engines and extra cars was helpful when freight being shipped long distances had to be unpacked from one rail car and re-packed onto another rail car at junctions where the rail gauge changed



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