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    Default All Hail the Metric system !

    How many Trainzers use the metric system ?

    It is a real bad habit to break free from, the Imperial measurement system, of inchs, feet, miles ... etc ...

    As if you measure a mile long track using the imperial system, it is (short) really off by @ 84 feet.

    As when you measure out a metric trainz ruler that is 1609.34m long, (that is one mile) ... you will be suprised at just how flawed the Trainz Imperial ruler really is.

    Use the metric system ... as all measurements in Trainz are in Metric units.

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    Well, isn't that the system used in the land where Auran lives?

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    Yes ... Yes it is ... and I even reskined a animated flag, and put up a waving Planet Auran flag, on top of my Horseshoe Curve !
    Click on the image:
    Noobian loggers attempt to seceed from the Union, in opposition to the proposal for the nationwide use of the metric system.

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    I find Metric a lot better than imperial for two reasons:

    1. It's what I've grown up with, being Australian.
    2. It's logical. 12 inches to a foot? Not logical. 100 centimetres to a metre? Logical and easy to work out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captainkman View Post
    I find Metric a lot better than imperial for two reasons:

    1. It's what I've grown up with, being Australian.
    2. It's logical. 12 inches to a foot? Not logical. 100 centimetres to a metre? Logical and easy to work out.

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    That depends on what you were bought up with. For me I used imperial for the first 12/14 years of my life and then the governrment went all metric on us . Despite that I still prefer imperial - I dont know why because working in base 10 is a lot easier than base 12

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    It's also easy to convert, eg 100 cubed centimetres = 100 cubic millilitres

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    Quote Originally Posted by cascaderailroad View Post
    How many Trainzers use the metric system ?
    I do and so does most of the world.

    Here is a map of countries officially not using the metric system:


    Why?



    Sometimes it is better to quote a well known trainzer:
    Quote Originally Posted by narrowgauge View Post
    Once you get used to the metric system you will find that it is easier to use than the Imperial system. Everything is 100 times greater or smaller than the the value next to it . Micrometre > Millimetre > Centimetre > Metre > Decimetre > Kilometre.
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    It depends on what you're measuring. Distance for example - metric is great, but for velocity, imperial is better (as miles per hour is imperial - 1 mile = 1.6 kilometres).

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaneturner12 View Post
    for velocity, imperial is better (as miles per hour is imperial - 1 mile = 1.6 kilometres).
    I don't see in how that is better then kilometres per hour. Especially when you are calculating with a distance already in metric.

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    I do - mph is the most commonly used measurement when it comes to measuring speed, especially where trains and cars are concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaneturner12 View Post
    I do - mph is the most commonly used measurement when it comes to measuring speed, especially where trains and cars are concerned.
    Not really. See above map.

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    The map is irrelevant here. There are some measurements like speed that are mainly measured in imperial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaneturner12 View Post
    The map is irrelevant here. There are some measurements like speed that are mainly measured in imperial.

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    Metric is the official measurement in the UK. However the vast majority of folk (even those born in the metric age) use MPH. Speedometers in cars are in MPH with metric as a secondary speed. All our sign posts are in imperial and most of our labeling on packaging is in both imperial and metric. Milk for example is still sold by the pint with a metric equivalent in metric on the bottle. We are a funny old race and like it

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    That's true...

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    First, let me state I don't want to start an Imperial-vs-Metric flamewar.

    Though I was born and raised with the metric system, I'm quite familiar with the Imperial one (you can't be a Union Pacific railfan without knowing how long a 7000ft siding is ).

    I would like to know one thing about length/distance units. A mile equals to 5278 feet, or 1760 yards: what is the relationship between miles and sub-units?

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