Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002
Pages: xiii + 400 + maps
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John Murray Publishers Ltd, 2002 - Hardcover
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Feedback from Nick Beale on Saturday, 14 December 2002
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I really hesitate to criticise this site's reviews, which are always good (and incredibly well-informed) reading.
However, I think you misjudged John Latimer on one small point: the
British rail gauge. The distance between the two rails of a pair is the same in Britain as on the continent but the "loading gauge" is narrower. As I dimly understand it - I have NO expertise in railway matters - this means that there is less clearance between two trains passing on adjoining tracks and less space provided in tunnels and on bridges to permit the passage of wide loads.
I gather that this gives mainland European railways a great deal more flexibility and potential than British ones when it comes to the transport of large loads (includingtanks).
It all sounds a bit like the wingspan of the Short Stirling bomber being specified as a few inches less than the door width of the standard pre-war RAF hangar.
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