- Feb 14, 2008
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I for one am glad the railways got their way. Why fix something that isn't broken? The imperial system works just fine for the systems users.
In fact its superior to the metric system for the railway's purposes.
Road users use intersections with other roads to determine their location in the city, the railway equivalent is mile posts which are used to determine ones location on a subdivision. Furthermore it's extremely important to know where the location of every mile post is along the route as that is what foreman use to designate their limits and also what we refer to in order to help us ascertain the location of track restrictions. Going metric would mean using km's which would mean we'd be required to know 1.6 times as much information. Trust me, when your constantly traveling along at highways speed and considering a multitude of other issues, complicating matters by requiring one to retain more information is just asking for trouble.
mile posts (or distance posts) need not be every Km. A post every 2 Km or 5 Km would mean checking for these signs less often than in an imperial system.