Aside from messing with world history, I also like to mess railway history. I am much better informed regarding American railroading. However, my two year old has become enamored with Thomas the Tank Engine. So...I have been researching British, Scottish and Irish prototype history. WI Brunel's 7ft gauge continued to exist side by side with OTL standard gauge? I read somewhere that if Brunel had been five years earlier with "his" gauge then standard gauge might not have become 4'81/2". Brunel's gauge might have been more successful. Any thoughts or comments????