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# What is the width of rails of a railroad track?

Updated: 9/11/2023

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== == standard gauge is 56 1/2 inches 5/8 of inch below the top the rail.

Thanks to the 9/11 commission, alot of that info is classified, but If you know how to read a tape measure, I'm sure you could find out without travelling more than 5 miles from where you're at right now

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