Video Archive         Recent Topics      
YMR logo

You are here:  Your Model Railway Club > The Prototype. > Old Rights Of Way, Railway & Model Railway History > Railroad Track Gauge To bottom of page

 Moderated by: Spurno Page:  First Page Previous Page  1  2   
Start New Topic Reply Printer Friendly

Railroad Track Gauge - Old Rights Of Way, Railway & Model Railway History - The Prototype. - Your Model Railway Club
 Posted: Tue Feb 19th, 2019 02:05 am
link to this 21st post

Joined: Sat Oct 19th, 2013
Location: Reston, Virginia USA
Posts: 3412

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

I think they were driving on the left well before the law in the 18th century (1722) to keep traffic moving over old London Bridge. Before that it was just custom throughout the land. Evidence from an old Roman quarry near Swindon supports the theory they drove on the left (shallow ruts in, deep out from the loaded wagons). Pope Boniface VIII told all pilgrims traveling to Rome in 1300 AD to keep to the left, for a very good reason, it kept the sword hand free for dealing with all the heathens and unbelievers along the way. If anybody knew about swords it was the Romans. Rome after all wanted the loot (nothing new there). Add to that wagon drovers who sat on the right and kept the left hand free for the whip. That said, the Savoy Hotel and Hammersmith bus station entrances force you to drive in on the right and exit on the left.

All this of course has absolutely nothing to do with the narrow, standard or broad gauges that trains run on. Except of course that the GWR had it's drivers on the right and the trains were usually on the left so they could see where they were going.


©Nigel C. Phillips
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Feb 23rd, 2019 10:20 pm
link to this 22nd post

Joined: Sat Oct 13th, 2007
Location: Nr Bergerac, France
Posts: 17441

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Spot on about the sword hand and driving on the left Nigel. :thumbs

The Savoy Hotel entrance is configured that way so that the driver's door arrives at the hotel doorway ready for the Chauffeur to "do the honours" without having to walk around the car.  Hotel guests at the Savoy, would never drive themselves ..................... :shock:

Why Hammersmith Bus Station should follow this custom amazes me ..................... :???:

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

This is topic ID = 9650     Current time is 03:36 am Page:  First Page Previous Page  1  2     
You are here:  Your Model Railway Club > The Prototype. > Old Rights Of Way, Railway & Model Railway History > Railroad Track Gauge
You can type a quick reply to this topic here. Click in the box below to begin.

Or to reply to an individual post, or to include images, attachments and formatted text,
click the Quote or Reply buttons on each post above.

To start a new topic in this forum, click the Start New Topic button below.
To start a new topic in a different forum, click the Forum Jump drop-down list below.
Start New Topic

Back to top of page

15 Most Recent Topics

Problems with this web site? Please contact the Webmaster.

All material submitted to this web site is the responsibility of the respective contributor. By submitting material to this web site you acknowledge that you accept full responsibility for the material submitted.
Unless stated otherwise, all the material displayed on this web site, including all text, photographs, drawings and other images, is copyright and the property of the respective contributor. Registered members are welcome to use it for their own personal non-commercial modelmaking purposes. It must not be reproduced or re-published elsewhere in any form, or used commercially, without first obtaining the owner's express permission.
The owner of this web site may edit, modify or remove any content at any time without giving notice or reason.    © 2008


Recent Topics Back to top of page

Powered by UltraBB 1.15 Copyright © 2007-2011 by Jim Hale and Data 1 Systems. Page design copyright © 2008-2013 Martin Wynne. Photo gallery copyright © 2009 David Williams.