QUOTE(KevinKorell @ Aug 14 2010, 12:09 AM)
From Daily Mail
Disaster was narrowly avoided on the Tube this morning when a runaway train careered four miles through six stations as other trains were cleared from its path
is the story.
Perhaps somebody who has been around the world can clear this up, but don't they use the Metric system everywhere outside the USA? I am surprised the "train careered four miles" and that they didn't use kilometers.
I recall England being more likely to use "our" measures from time to time, as they developed them while the French developed the Metric system.
The NY Times will definitely use miles and MPH.
LONDON — It was the stuff of urban nightmare and Hollywood action film: a runaway maintenance train on London’s Underground system speeding downhill for 13 minutes — four miles — toward the heart of the city as the authorities worked frantically to clear its path of trainloads of unwitting commuters.
After hitting a peak speed of about 35 miles an hour on the downhill, the train slowed as the terrain evened out, moving at a crawl past the Camden Town stop, finally halting as it reached the uphill slope at Warren Street station at 6:57 a.m.