Why is the railway gauge — the distance between rails — 4 feet, 8.5 inches?
One explanation is to be found here.
The development of the container in the 1950s and 1960s has had a great influence on the size and shape of containerports and containerships. You may read more about this interesting development in this book here. Although truck-trailers have increased in size (height, length), they are still hauled along lanes on highways that are not much broader than old contry roads.
So, is the story about the Horse’s South, the railway gauge and the two booster rockets of a space ship, just another myth (to be busted)?
Many of our blogs contain some contemporary reflections, and do, as such, ask questions rather answer questions at the bottom line.
Today, our question is: What does determine the “standard” length of a journal article?
Ps. Many thanks to Prof. Marianne Jahre for telling me this story of the railway gauge during one of my visits at BI, Norway, two years ago.