How Wide are Railroad Tracks?

Railroad tracks are 4 ft 8.5 inches wide. The reason for this odd measuring is that the English built the first railroad tracks. The dimensions are handed down based mostly on how buggys and tramway cars and other existing ways of travel were built. The same people would work on the new railways as had built the other items, thus their tools would be made specifically for this width so they copied what they knew. To find more information click here: