Lance Geiger—The History Guy
The Day the Gauge Changed
The completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 was not the only amazing feat of American railroad engineering in history.
In 1886, railways in the south managed to convert the gauge on an estimated 11,500 miles of track in a period of just 36 hours. The History Guy remembers the 1886 Southern Railroad Gauge Change, an important moment in railroad history.