If the director of Maunsell Rail thinks that the standard gauge is 5ft 8 1/2in should Railtrack be using them? I thought it might have been a typing error for the correct 4ft 8 1/2in, but the metric conversion of 1.77 m gives 5ft 95/ 8in so it seems we cannot even convert 5ft 8 1/2in to a metric value correctly. Perhaps it is safer to travel by road.
Arthur Penman email@example.com Thanks to the many readers pointing out this glitch. The correct standard gauge is, of course, 4ft 8 1/2in - Ed