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Source: The Illustrated London News, Feb. 21, 1846
The Report of the Gauge Commissioners, Sir Frederick Smith, and Professors Barlow and Airey, has been published. It enters into very long and minute inquiries, and disquisitions, which it is impossible for us to analyse, and concludes with four resolutions, recommending the interference of the Legislature to prevent the increase of the evils already produced by diversity of gauge, and to take practical measures for the remedy of these evils, by substituting the narrow gauge universally for the broad, or by some equivalent measure. This they recommend in the following terms:—"That the gauge of four feet eight inches and a half be declared by the Legislature to be the gauge to be used in all public railways now under construction, or hereafter to be constructed, in Great Britain."