Aug 16, 2022
"Wandering?" I think we are seeing a stampede like the one in Jurassic World!
The US was trying to go metric at the same time that Canada did. I was living in Canada at the time. Canada went metric, the U.S. of A. gave up on the idea. Shell even was selling gasolene by the liter. That was no big deal for Shell, as it is (or perhaps was, I have not kept current on that) owned by the Dutch Crown. People would not buy the Shell because they thought that they were b eing scammed.
Most states have similar laws on the books. You are not allowed to drive in a manner that "impedes the usual flow of traffic". This is deliberately vague. Enforcement varies by state and jurisdiction. On some roads, you will se maximum and minimum signs.
When I was in school, in the sixties, we were assured the United States would be fully metric by the year 2000 and probably well before.
I remember in Junior High there was a huge push for the metric system as well, then one day, just like that, it was gone.....
I used to be into necrophilia, bestiality and S&M... but then I realized I was flogging a dead horse.
When I was in eighth grade, our science teacher noticed on "Star Trek", they were using Imperial distance measurements on the show and claimed that, by the time that show was taking place, they would most assuredly be using the metric system.
Out class wrote the producers of "Star Trek" a letter stating thus and, even though we didn't hear back from them, shortly after, they started using the metric system. Neat, huh.
Let's see the OP's original question had something to do with radius of curves. Did we miss something here. Oh, and I don't use, nor ever will use, the metric system. You know, To measure my curves on the layout. Tired of learning all this new ...stuff. Do I dare mention texting and these dag-nab-it cell phones. Touch screens, Aiiyiiyii !! That don't work for me. Cursing as I close this. Sheezz!!
Now, for small or teensy-weensy measurements, I like millimeters and such because trying to work with measurements like 9/64" or whatever is ridiculous, although working in decimals and thousandths is fine which is what I worked with back in my designing years. I can still easily visualize 20 thousandths, 50 thousandths, or even 5 thousandths, for instance.
Well, the Marklin 2-6-0 showed up and it handles the 249mm/9 3/4" curves fine. We now return you to our regularly scheduled off the rails thread chasing!