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The Traction of Carriages

Nature volume 70, page 270 (21 July 1904) | Download Citation



IT is a matter of general belief amongst drivers, owners, and builders of carriages that if the distance between the fore and hind wheels be increased so will the “draught” be heavier. I have put the following case before a builder: given two carriages weighing exactly the same, with the fore and hind wheels of each of the same height, but the body of one carriage much longer than that of the other, then the horse will have as mtrch to do in the one case as in the other. The answer has been in more than one instance, the longer bodied carriage will be the heaviest to move. No reason has been given, nor can any explanation of the existence of this belief be offered. Can any of the readers of NATURE make any suggestion?

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