Friday, July 8, 2011

Hitler’s giga-railway from Paris to the Caspian Sea

With their 800 mm guns, 270 mph race cars and dreams of an empire from the Atlantic to the Caspian, those Third Reich people sure had a thing for big. The Breitspurbahn (broad-gauge railway) was bigger than big: a brand new cross-continental railway with a gauge of 9 feet and 10 ⅛ inches, it was to run the length and breadth of Grossdeutschland.
To see how big a leap the Breitspurbahn was, consider that the standard rail gauge—the distance between the two rails—used in most countries is 4 feet and 8 ½ inches: less than half of Hitler’s planned ride across Europe. Continued

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