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Old 11-05-2005, 04:15 AM   #13
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If you've ever heard the saying, "A nickel will get you a quarter." this is actually derived from railroading, as it was a memory queue for railroaders on placing torpedoes

The "nickel" was every 5 mph of track speed. The "quarter" was a quarter mile for every 5 mph of track speed. So if you're on a 40mph mainline, the suggested distance to place the torpedo was 2 miles behind the train.

I believe they are also supposed to place another torpedo every half mile walking back to the train.

I can't remember now where I read this. History of American Railroading I think, but can't be sure.

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