Qinshihuang once built a national “railway network”

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Archaeologists were surprised to find ancient “Railways” in the mountains of Nanyang, Henan Province. According to carbon 14 determination, it is a legacy of the Qin Dynasty more than 2200 years ago. The principle is the same as that of modern railway. It is a double track railway, but it is pulled by horsepower instead of steam locomotive. Experts are amazed that China had such advanced transportation facilities 2200 years ago in ancient times. This will be a more amazing discovery than the Terra Cotta Warriors.

Now the railway is not cast by iron, but rolled steel rails. Of course, the “Railway” of Qinshihuang was not cast by iron, but paved with wood. The wood used for the track is hard, and it is still intact after anti-corrosion treatment. However, the sleepers have been rotten and obviously have not undergone anti-corrosion treatment, and the material is not as hard as the track, but we can still see its general appearance.

Sleepers are laid on the subgrade

The roadbed of this “Railway” is compacted very firmly, and sleepers are laid on the roadbed. Experts believe that the material of sleepers is relatively soft, not only to reduce the amount of work, but also not only to widely open up wood sources, but also the conscious choice of the ancients. The relatively soft sleeper can be closely combined with the compacted very hard subgrade, so that the track is stable, and the car can run quickly and smoothly on it.

The wheels of the car in the Qin Dynasty were very strange. No one had thought of any mystery in it before. Now, compared with the “Railway” of the Qin Dynasty, it is clear that this feature of the original wheel makes it possible to run on ordinary roads or enter the “Railway” at any time, which is a feature that the current railway does not have.

600 kilometers day and night

Due to the use of track, the friction is greatly reduced, so the horse can also pull a lot of goods at a time. Experts believe that this is the most economical way to use horsepower, or a highly efficient method. The recognized speed of the thousand mile horse is 600 miles a day, at least 600 kilometers a day and night, and some people think it can reach 700 kilometers. No wonder Emperor Qin Shihuang could effectively manage a huge empire without enfeoffment, and often acted on a large scale with hundreds of thousands of people.

Why build a “railway network”

Why did Qinshihuang build a “railway network”?

On this issue, many experts believe that this huge “railway network” was built when Qin Shihuang destroyed the state of Chu for the purpose of logistics supply. Qin exterminated Chu and used 600000 troops. The demand for logistical supplies must be great, so this national “railway network” was built.

Why didn’t it come down

Why didn’t the “railway network” of Qin State survive?

Experts believe that the successive wars at the end of the Qin Dynasty caused great damage to the “Railway”. The emperor of the Han Dynasty was unable to equip his imperial chariot with horses of the same color, and many generals could only ride in ox carts. Due to the serious shortage of horses, the “Railway” was abandoned. The useless “Railway” has greatly hindered traffic. Therefore, some of Qin Shihuang’s “Railways” were destroyed in the war, and most of the rest were demolished after the war and became ordinary roads.

So far, no traces of the Qin Dynasty “Railway” have been found in other places except Nanyang Mountain area. In this way, it can only be a very logical speculation that the Qin Dynasty had a very developed “railway network”. If the “railway network” of the Qin Dynasty is confirmed, it is an ancient project even greater than the Great Wall.

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